The Good and Bad of Different Outdoor Patio Flooring Options


When it comes to choosing a floor for your outdoor patio, there are a number of different options. As you can probably surmise, flooring for an outdoor patio has to be able to withstand the elements no matter where you live, though some outdoor patios have to be more durable than others in regions where weather is more extreme. Check out the advantages and disadvantages of some of the outdoor patio materials listed below to help determine which one is right for the space just outside your home.

Wooden Tiles

Wooden tiles can be installed over your entire patio, creating a unique texture and look that will make it stand out from most other patios out there. These wooden tiles are durable, easy to pop up and clean on top of a concrete patio and also offer traction when it is wet or icy outside. However, they are also relatively expensive and usually look the best when placed over a small area, like an apartment or condo’s patio balcony.

Wooden Planks

Classic wooden planks give a patio a very rustic look and are relatively inexpensive to install, depending on the size of the patio. They are ideal for small outdoor patios behind homes, especially if it is going to be used as an outdoor dining area on a regular basis. The main downside of wooden planks is that over time in more inclement conditions, they will tend to wear down and slowly rot, meaning they will need to be replaced at some future date.

Natural Stone

Large flat pieces of colorful stone are a great material for an outdoor patio, as it is natural, beautiful and as durable as, well, rock. Different types and colors of stones can be used as patio flooring, creating an eclectic mosaic filled in with gravel and moss. The downside of stone patios is that the materials can be very expensive to purchase and in wet or icy conditions they can be quite slippery, creating a constant hazard when you walk outside.


Concrete patios are another option for patio flooring and are one of the least expensive types to build. While a flat piece of concrete in your backyard is not terribly attractive, well-designed concrete patios surrounded by well-kept gardens, pools and fountains can be perfect for a backyard and outdoor room. Make sure the concrete is properly treated, as it is also susceptible to weathering inclement weather environments.

Artificial Tile

Artificial tiles meant for the outdoors can also be installed as the flooring for your patio, giving a uniquely modern look to the outdoor room of your home. This style of patio flooring is playful, fun and relatively durable. Most of these tiles are weather-proofed so they are easy to clean. However, they can be slick when there is rain or ice on them and the best artificial tiles are pretty expensive per square foot. You also need to ask yourself a serious question before installing these artificial tiles outside your home: are you going to still like them as much a few years from now?

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Article provide by, a DC general contractor that provides handyman services including tile and wood replacement and repair.

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