Outdoor Flooring Options for Style and Comfort: 10+ Ideas for 2023
By Ciana Gitre
| Fact Checked By: Lamont Robbins
Published: April 1, 2022 | Updated: August 16, 2023
Get your backyard, poolside, and patio flooring ready for summer 2023! Learn the pros and cons of the best outdoor flooring options and make the best choice for you!
Composite decking gives you the best of both worlds. With modern technology, you can achieve a gorgeous, realistic wood look without the challenges of traditional wood. Think of these DIY composite deck tiles and boards as a trendier and less expensive alternative!
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Pros of Composite Decking
- Maintenance: Natural wood is notorious for high maintenance – coming from expansion and contraction, termites, wood rot, resanding, refinishing, etc. With composite decking, clean off your deck with soap and water when it gets dirty.
- Fire-resistant: Composite floors are fire resistant to keep your floor and, more importantly, your family safer.
- Great for balconies: Renters and homeowners alike use composite decking to make their small balconies strikingly beautiful.
- Installation: Composite deck tiles connect in a snap, and you can cut them to size with a tile cutter or utility knife.
- Eco-friendly: Newer composite decking is 100% recyclable, made from bamboo, wood fibers, and recyclable resins.
Cons of Composite Decking
- Heat: Plastics retain heat more than traditional wood and will get warmer in the summer months. They will remain cooler than concrete, and you can combat the heat by choosing a lighter deck color.
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Is there anything more gorgeous than classic stone patio tiles or a wood patio? Most of those “stone” or “wood” patios you see aren’t stone or wood but tile.
Patio floor tiles, specifically porcelain exterior tiles, are often even more durable than natural materials, depending on the PEI rating, so get the best of both worlds!
Pros of Using Outdoor Tile
- Upscale look: Tiles come in various stone, patterned, and wood looks.
- Maintenance: Outdoor tile is easy to clean and maintain. Just sweep and mop occasionally, and you’re good to go. Note: Indoor tile typically needs more attention to keep the grout lines perfect.
- Great for entertaining: A tile patio or fire pit area is the perfect place to entertain guests outdoors.
Cons of Using Outdoor Tile
- Elements: After exposure to harsh environments, tile can become damaged, especially if it’s ceramic and not porcelain.
- Slipping hazard: Some tiles can be extremely slippery, making them a less-than-ideal choice for near pools and other areas with a lot of water.
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Artificial grass is an affordable and eco-friendly alternative to natural grass. Over the years, manufacturers have designed fake grass to look and perform just like the real thing so that you can have a fresh, green lawn the whole year!
Pros of Artificial Grass
- Maintenance: No more time spent mowing the lawn, setting up sprinklers, or staying home for your irrigation.
- Soft texture: Artificial grass texture now feels more realistic than ever. Choose from a variety of plush materials for your lawn.
- No harsh chemicals: Artificial grass doesn’t need heavy-duty pesticides or herbicides that may be unsafe for kids and pets to be around.
Cons of Artificial Grass
- Upfront cost: Although it is less expensive over time, you need to be able to spring for the initial cost of material and installation.
- Heat: Artificial grass retains heat. For hotter seasons, we suggest pairing your artificial grass with Hydrochill infill, which can keep the surface 30-50 degrees cooler.
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Artificial grass tiles are the perfect solution for homeowners who might not have yard space but crave that yard-like experience.
They interlock together quickly and are self-draining – a plus for rainy days. Additionally, they fit together with our Helios Composite Deck Tiles so that you can have a seamless transition between decking and artificial grass.
Pros of Artificial Grass Deck Tiles
- Green year-round: You can achieve a lush, green paradise year-round with artificial grass tiles.
- Self-draining: A self-draining system means no standing water after a big rainstorm. This also keeps the surface from getting too slippery.
- DIY Installation: Interlock the tiles together like pieces of a giant puzzle – no need for adhesives or tools.
- Long-term cost: As you save on watering and maintenance, these tiles will pay for themselves.
- Pest-free: Bugs aren’t as attracted to artificial material as natural grass. Plus, allergens associated with grass are eliminated.
Cons of Artificial Grass Deck Tiles
- Upfront cost: Over time, artificial grass will pay for itself, but that initial cost will be more than natural grass. Consider these tiles an investment for a brighter, more easily maintained deck in the future.
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Our ribbed outdoor carpet tiles are often used under covered patios and areas not super susceptible to lots of water. The self-adhering backing makes for a simple but secure installation.
Plus, these carpet squares are resistant to mold and mildew – perfect for patios, basements, and other areas with the potential for moisture. If eco-friendliness is important to you, you’ll love that many carpet tiles are made from recycled materials.
Pros of Outdoor Carpet
- Comfort: Carpet, even low pile carpet, is naturally soft and comforting. It gives you a much homier place to hang out outside, especially compared to brick and concrete.
- Style: You have a lot more options than you would think. Many outdoor carpet options are carpet tiles, which means you can mix and match colors and create fun, unique designs.
Cons of Outdoor Carpet
- Longevity: Outdoor carpet is very durable, but it requires a decent amount of maintenance to keep it in good shape.
- Upkeep: It will require more maintenance to keep your carpet in good shape. It holds up to commercial traffic and the elements, but it’s still carpet, and that means you’ll have to vacuum and occasionally give it a legit carpet cleaning.
Plastic drainage tiles are like the ultimate outdoor flooring. They’re mold- and mildew-resistant and prevent those from slipping when they wet. The vented surface allows water to drain under the tile, so there aren’t any standing puddles after rain.
Pros of Plastic Deck Tiles
- Slip-resistant: A safe surface is important around pools and other high-moisture areas. These vented tiles offer plenty of traction, even when wet.
- Mold- and mildew-resistant: Outdoor flooring faces more exposure to moisture and warmth, which increases the chance for mold and mildew. Drainage tiles resist mildewing, so they stay hygienic.
- Drains water: Water can come from anywhere: rain, sprinklers, splashes from the pool, you name it. Prevent puddles with drainage tiles in water-prone spaces.
- UV stable: No need to worry about your flooring fading in the sun. Hard plastic tiles will stay vibrant and look new even after extended exposure to sunlight and UV radiation.
Cons of Plastic Deck Tiles
- Comfort: Hard plastic tiles aren’t the most comfortable option for outdoor flooring. You probably won’t be doing much lounging on them, but they provide a solid, stable, slip-free surface.
Rubber is one of the most versatile flooring options there is. Although it is primarily used as gym flooring, rubber flooring is durable, slip-resistant, and shock absorbent. Explore the different types of rubber flooring on the market below!
Rubber pavers can mimic the look of stone, brick, and concrete but give you the resiliency, comfort, and ease of rubber.
They’re versatile and safe, easing your mind if you have kids playing outdoors or giving you and your guests comfort during outdoor get-togethers.
Pros of Rubber Pavers
- Comfort: Rubber is resilient and shock absorbent, making it super comfortable for walking and standing.
- Slip resistance: Rubber is rare in that it gets more slip-resistant when it gets wet. It’s great for rainy climates, near a pool, or anywhere with lots of water.
- Maintenance: A quick sweep or occasional mop.
Cons of Rubber Pavers
- Longevity: While rubber pavers will last you quite some time, they won’t last as long as something like brick or concrete.
- Look: You can get brick and cobblestone looks, but they are not the same as the real deal.
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While the rest of your backyard looks polished, invest in playground flooring to keep your kids safe and their area stylish!
Pros of Rubber Playground Flooring
- Safety: Rubber playground flooring is the safest option to protect you from falls, and even general outdoor roughhousing options are rated to protect people falling from as high as 12′!
- Durability: This rubber is tough as nails. It will stand up to just about anything.
- Maintenance: While rubber mulch requires more care, it is still relatively easy. Give a quick sweep and the occasional damp mop, and they are good to go.
Cons of Rubber Playground Flooring
- Expense: Rubber playground flooring tends to be more expensive than traditional playground options, like sand or wood chips. However, your flooring will justify the investment with increased durability and a long lifespan.
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Whether you’re looking for an outdoor basketball court, pickleball court, shuffleboard court, or something else entirely, court flooring meets your needs.
Outdoor sports tiles can withstand the challenges of weather and temperature changes. These court tiles for sports are slip-resistant when wet. The perforated surface allows water and dirt to drain, reducing the need for upkeep.
They’re also UV stable so that the vibrant colors won’t fade over time. Best of all, you can choose from a wide selection of bold colors to customize your court.
Pros of Outdoor Court Flooring
- Slip-resistant: Our court tiles provide players with a stable, slip-free surface even when wet.
- UV stable: Since these plastic tiles are colorfast, they won’t fade in the sunshine. That means your basketball or shuffleboard court will look great for years.
- Color options: Display your team spirit with our court tile colors. You can even use our flooring designer tool to create custom team patterns, logos, or themes.
- Easy installation: The hook and loop system makes installation a breeze.
Cons of Outdoor Court Flooring
- Not fall height rated: Our court tiles are great for playing sports, but they don’t absorb impact from falls. If you need flooring to install under playground equipment, consider rubber mulch or playground tiles.
Roof tiles protect rooftops from loud walking, punctures, and temperature transfer, which is perfect if you have a lot of people walking on them. Rooftop flooring can withstand moisture, UV radiation, and high traffic.
Pros of Rooftop Flooring
- Drainage perforations: Rooftop deck tiles optimize water drainage and prevent pesky puddles.
- Resists fading: It won’t fade or discolor after an extended time under the unforgiving sun, so you don’t need to worry about replacing washed-out flooring.
- Durable: Rooftop tiles add another layer of protection to your roof floor. They’re great for holding up in high-traffic spaces.
Cons of Rooftop Flooring
- Price: Specialized rooftop tiles aren’t the cheapest outdoor flooring option, but they have extensive benefits.
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As you can see, there are lots of great outdoor flooring to choose from. Most of it comes down to location, personal preference, and budget. Ready to get started? Shop now!