If you’re looking for a durable, affordable flooring material for your outdoor spaces, consider the possibilities with concrete. Whether you choose poured concrete or concrete pavers, your outdoor spaces will have a durable surface that will last forever with proper care and maintenance.
When your choosing a flooring material for your patio, pool area, outdoor walkway or driveway, it’s important to pay attention to durability and maintenance. Outdoor spaces are exposed to year-round weather conditions, so materials must hold up to sun and heat, rain, and snow, sleet and ice. If you choose the wrong material, your outdoor flooring will last half the time it should. When choosing a material, consider important performance features.
* Hardness – Outdoor flooring materials should be hard and dense. If the material is too soft, it can crack and chip easily just from everyday use. If tree limbs or branches fall in a storm, or you drop a pitcher of water, soft surfaces are likely to crack or break. Concrete offers a hard surface that’s difficult to crack.
* Durability – Outdoor materials must hold up well in intense sun, rain, snow, ice, and excessive moisture. It’s important to choose a flooring material that’s durable in all types of weather conditions. For extra protection, use a sealer from Floorex several times a year.
* Porosity – Porous materials will absorb spills, stains, dust, dirt and debris much faster, so you should choose a material with a high porosity level. If you live in a cold climate, winter freeze/thaw cycles can cause cracking and shifting in outdoor flooring materials.
* Non-slip Finish – Outdoor flooring materials must have a non-slip surface to prevent falls and injuries. It’s best to use a material with a slightly abrasive finish that provides protection against slipping if the area is wet.
Concrete offers a durable, resilient and cost-effective flooring choice for outdoor areas. It’s suitable for all types of outdoor spaces, and it’s easy to clean with soap and water. Concrete provides a natural, slip-resistant surface that easily withstands freezing ground temperatures without cracking, breaking or chipping. Concrete is no longer the same boring off-white material you remember from the past. It’s now available in over 15 stains and 30 pre-mixed colors. New decorative options including textures and stamped patterns can give concrete the look of more expensive materials.
Poured Concrete – If you have a large driveway or patio area that requires a smooth even surface, poured concrete is a good option. There are no seams, and poured concrete can be installed in any shape and size you need.
Concrete Pavers – Concrete pavers are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, textures and colors. They’re affordable, easy to install, and easy to replace if individual pavers get damaged. Interlocking pavers don’t require any grout or mortar.
Stamped Concrete – Stamped concrete resembles the look of more expensive materials like limestone and slate. By using different patterns and shapes, you can create a beautiful patio, pool surround, landscape walkway or driveway with sophisticated and luxurious appeal.