What’s under your feet (or how you get around) is as important as anything when it comes to the house. That’s why this fall, we collaborated with The Home Depot on an A-to-Z guide that will give you the confidence to make the flooring choices you’ll love. Read the manual from A to Z here.
When it’s not possible to go on a saltwater-soaked beach getaway or a romantic weekend in the woods, an outdoor space at home can step in (and step up!) And become the oasis of discreet garden you need, minus the plane ticket. And while recreating the feel of sand between your toes probably isn’t realistic, choosing the right flooring for your outdoor space is the first step towards everyday fabrication. feel (a bit) like a vacation at home.
Below are several exterior flooring materials available at Home Depot to consider when turning your outdoor space into a getaway to the door.
A simple option to perform is to incorporate a suitable rug for the outdoors, and Home Depot offers a number of choices. Natural fibers, like jute, are durable and have an earthy, neutral look, while patterned outdoor rugs can bring a burst of color to the exterior of a home.
Look for rugs that are designated “moisture resistant” or “water resistant” and, if possible, keep them under awnings, umbrellas, or other covered areas to ensure as little fading as possible. rays of the sun.
Tile is another must-have option to consider when designing your garden paradise – but it only works well under the right conditions.
Tile floors are commonplace in Florida sunrooms and indoor and outdoor southwest lounging areas, but they are prone to cracking in the seasonal cycles of colder climates. The tile is great, Clements says, in “places where there isn’t a freeze-thaw situation, and where you use a suitable exterior tile – one that isn’t slippery when wet.” He adds that you should also use the proper adhesives for exterior tile applications, which differ from interior versions.
If you live in a more temperate climate, brick is a stronger option that can give a tile-like feel while still being weather resistant. It is naturally non-slip, indisputably durable and long lasting.
Climate aside, if you’re eager to transform a wet patch of backyard concrete into something a little greener, artificial turf (also known as “artificial turf”) might be your flooring of choice. . Available in large rolls or plug-and-play tiles, artificial turf is an attractive option if you crave a hint of greenery, but don’t want the hassle of hammering asphalt, turf, watering. , then (of course) mowing.
But don’t think of it like astroturfing baseball diamonds. Artificial turf today really looks like grass – nothing plastic or stiff! – and is perfect for kids and playing animals. (Many versions even come with integrated cooling technology). Interlocking tiles are especially handy because there is no stapling or adhesive required, and they can fit into almost any space, from a high-rise balcony to a full-scale outdoor kitchen. They are also self-draining, what about maintenance? Let’s just say you never have to run the weed killer.
If you’re interested in the look of hardwood without the potential hassle and expense of upkeep, composite wood decking – made from a mixture of sawdust and plastic – is a budget-friendly option that attracts buyers to its status and stain resistance. in UV light (aka no fading). However, it retains more heat than traditional hardwood, so it’s best for areas that have at least a partially shaded section.
Generally, hardwoods that are suitable for interior flooring are not the best for an outdoor porch or patio. Even pressure-treated pine, which you probably stood on at a barbecue at a friend’s house, often turns a yellow-green color after exposure to the elements over the years.
- red cedar is a warm brick-colored hardwood that is highly resistant to all outside forces that could cause damage, including sun, cold, rain, and insects! he even develops a sophisticated, silvery hue over the years. (We like to think of it as the “silver fox” of outdoor floors.)
- Sequoia Also holds up well to the elements and is very rot resistant, especially when treated with a clear sealer.
- Southern yellow pine is another competitor when treated under pressure. (Pressure treated lumber has been penetrated with preservative chemicals that help it resist the elements.)
In any case, take into account that the exterior area will be fully or partially covered (if only partially, expect extra hours of discoloration) as well as the hardness and durability of the wood (for know more, see letter j for Janka Scale).
Plus, choosing the right flooring for an outdoor space – unlike indoor flooring, which is much less impacted by what happens outside your home – largely depends on geography. For example, general contractor Mark Clement notes that, living in New England, he often sees century-old porches built with Douglas fir. But, he says, “In warmer climates you have to worry more about insects, then you’re going to need pressure treated lumber.