With summer kicking into high gear, it’s the perfect time for backyard barbeques and pool parties. Installing flooring that can withstand the elements is a great way to extend a home’s entertaining real estate as well as creating an outdoor oasis that can be enjoyed any day of the week. We’ve collected some of our favorite outdoor solutions to make the backyard the best room in the house.
Wood flooring and decking is a tried-and-true outdoor flooring solution. But new in the outdoor decking game are easy-to-install interlocking deck tiles from Cali Bamboo. Made of the same material as BamDeck bamboo composite, the DIY-friendly outdoor deck tiles simply drop and lock into place, giving patios, balconies, and existing decks instant outdoor makeovers. Outdoor deck tiles can be installed without the need for tools or professional help, making it a fast, budget-friendly, one-person project.
Porcelain and ceramic tile is a great choice for both commercial and residential indoor and outdoor spaces. New anti-slip technology allows for safe placement in kitchens, baths and high traffic areas where more resistance is needed. And new tile technologies allow for the same style to be used both indoors and outdoors, featuring the same colors and graphics. Large format porcelain tiles also allow for a more seamless transition with fewer grout lines. Applicable collections include D’Anticatto by Natucer, Grand Carpet by Marazzi, and Gravity by Ibero.
Vinyl flooring can also be another durable outdoor flooring option with a softer textile-look. Flooring distributor Summit International Flooring recently partnered with Fitnice to provide woven indoor-outdoor vinyl flooring. Made of monofilament covered with PVC, the collections are available in three shapes--square, plank, and diamond--allowing multiple combinations and effects. The flooring is phthalate free, resistant to fraying, and has Floor Score Certification.