8 Outdoor Flooring Options for Style & Comfort

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8 Outdoor Flooring Options for Style & Comfort

The 8 best outdoor flooring options to keep your home looking stylish from the outside in. Learn the pros and cons of each option and make the choice that’s best for you.

Because you don’t want to spend your summer hanging out in the dirt.

But really…choosing the right flooring for your backyard, front yard, poolside and patio decking is important and, often, overlooked. People be like “GIVE ME THAT HARDWOOD” and then forget about that little thing called curb appeal.

In fact, most people don’t know what their options are, which makes it hard to make an informed decision on the best outdoor flooring for you. There’s plenty of options out there, but we’re just going to share our very favorites.

This post is a long one, so if you’re interested in a specific type of flooring feel free to skip ahead by clicking on any of the following links:

Composite & Wood Decking | Artificial Grass | Tile | Brick | Concrete | Rubber | Foam | Carpet

1. Composite & Traditional Wood Decking

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Probably the most versatile in terms of appearance, composite and traditional wood decking can give your outdoor patio flooring a rustic, homey feel or a chic, polished, modern look. As we know, wood never goes out of style, making wood (both composite and traditional) a choice that won’t go out of style.

Composite Wood Decking

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Composite wood 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.

Composite deck flooring is like the luxury vinyl of the porch flooring market. Maybe some out-of-date folks are still turning their nose up at it, but others are embracing composite decking as the outdoor flooring of the future. Composite decks, like vinyl floors, bring you realistic wood looks without any of the hassle.

Pros of Composite Wood Decking

  • Maintenance: Listen, we all know wood is notorious for being high-maintenance. Expansion, contraction, termites, wood rot, resanding, refinishing, the list goes on! With composite decking, simply clean off your deck with soap and water when it gets dirty. The end.
  • Fire resistance: We all know wood burns, but composite floors are made to be fire resistant to keep your floor and, more importantly, your family safe.
  • Accessibility: When you’re purchasing solid wood, you have to make sure you get it from a reputable source and that it was legally harvested. With composite decking, you just click, purchase, finito.
  • Perfect for sitting with your morning coffee or evening wine: For me, a wood (or wood-look) deck just screams cozy, relaxing sitting area. If I had one, I would be sitting out there every single morning.
  • Great for balcony flooring: Not every outdoor flooring option works or looks good on a smaller upstairs balcony. Composite deck tiles do!
  • Cost: Wait, what?! No, I ain’t lyin’ (well at least when you compare it to wood – not necessarily compared to other options)! Everything you read will tell you that composite decking is more expensive, but that just is not the case. Pressure treated wood will run you $15-25 per square foot, while higher end woods will run $25+ (source). Our high-end composite decking runs $9-17 per square foot. So let’s compare the top end composite to the bottom end wood:

8 Outdoor Flooring Options for Style & Comfort: Find the perfect outdoor flooring option for your location, style and budget.


$15/sqft + installation at $9/sqft + yearly sealing at $3/sq ft. (average cost of sealing in 2016 via Home Advisor) on a 200 sq ft deck = $4,800 initial cost, but just look at how that $3/sqft sealing adds up over time. At $600/year, that adds to a total (including purchase and installation) of $28,800 over 40 years. Umm, that is CRAZY!


$17/sqft + installation at $9/sqft on a 200 sqft deck = $5,200 with no treatments needed. Then you save $600 on sealing each year, which adds up to a savings of $23,600 savings over 40 years. I’m not kidding. Composite decking will literally save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Cons of Composite Wood Decking

So, composite decking is kinda the bomb if you haven’t noticed. But it does have two noticeable drawbacks.

  • Heat: Plastics retain heat more than traditional wood, and therefore they will get warmer if they are in a sunny area. They will still remain cooler than concrete, and you can combat the heat by choosing a lighter color.
  • Bragging rights: Yeah, yeah…it’s not real wood. If you’re someone who really cares about using real wood, then composite might not be for you. It doesn’t feel exactly like real wood, so you may not be able to pull one over on your stuffiest dinner guests, but you could definitely fool someone like me!
  • Cost: Wait, but you just said…! I know, I know. Cost is a benefit when compared to wood decking, but compared to the options below, composite deck tiles will still run you a pretty penny.

Traditional Wood Decking

We’ve already mostly discussed this. Real wood is something that can never 100% be replicated, and that can be a deal breaker for a lot of people. Wood decks are gorgeous with rough-around-the-edges rustic looks and sleek, modern designs, wood can fit almost any style.

Pros of Wood Decking

  • Temperature: Wood does not retain heat the same way plastic and composite does. If you live somewhere miserably hot (hello, Phoenix…) and the deck will be getting a lot of direct sunlight, this is definitely a factor.
  • It’s real wood: This goes back to those bragging rights. Real wood – for some people, it really is that important.

Cons of Wood Decking

Many of this will be a repeat from the benefits of composite decking, so feel free to re-read or skip ahead.

  • Cost: Between materials, installation and just 2 years of treatments, wood decking proves itself to be an incredibly spendy investment.
  • Maintenance: Yearly sealing treatment, termites, wood rot, the list goes on. A lot can go wrong with natural wood and, as you know if you’re a homeowner, everything expensive that can go wrong usually will.
  • Fakers: There are jerks out there who will try to rip you off and sell you illegally harvested wood. If you do choose to go the wood route, please don’t let them!

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2. Porcelain & Ceramic Tile

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Is there anything more gorgeous than classic stone patio tiles? I have a secret. Most of those “stone” patios you see aren’t really stone at all, but tile. Patio floor tiles, and specifically, porcelain exterior tiles, are often even more durable than natural stone, depending on the PEI rating, so you can really get the best of both worlds.

Pros of Using Outdoor Tile Flooring

  • Cost: You can get gorgeous stone-look tile for, like, $2/sq ft. Just to remind you, above we were discussing options at $15/sq ft, so outdoor tiles are a major bargain!
  • Upscale look: Tile can give you not just a natural stone look, but a gorgeous, realistic wood look as well.
  • Maintenance: Tile is famous for being super easy to clean and maintain. Just sweep and mop occasionally, and you’re good to go.
  • Great for entertaining: A tile patio or fire pit area is the perfect place to entertain guests outdoors.

Cons of Using Outdoor Tile Flooring

  • Elements: While tile makes a great outdoor flooring option, it’s not necessarily the burliest when it comes to standing up to the elements, especially cold. After a lot of exposure to harsh environments, tile can become damaged, especially if it’s a basic 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.

Related content >> 2019 Tile Flooring Trends

3. Artificial Grass

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Wait! Don’t leave!

I promise I’m not about to try to convince you that ugly 1980s astroturf is the next big thing and you should get on it right away. It isn’t.

The truth is, turf these days (20-teens turf? does anyone say 20-teens?) is, like composite decking, an incredible lookalike to the real deal! In fact, I bet you pass turf yards on the daily and have no idea.

Now with a realistic look and feel, turf has become a sought-after alternative to real grass. I live in Phoenix. Do you know how much it costs to try to maintain a lawn when it’s 115 out and hasn’t rained in 11 years? Okay, that last part might be a bit dramatic, but that doesn’t change the fact that turf is, like, my dream come true!

Pros of Artificial Grass

  • Maintenance: No more time spent mowing the lawn, setting up sprinklers or staying home for your irrigation; turf requires practically nothing of you as the owner other than the occasional hose down. Seriously, so easy.
  • Looks: Like I said, if you purchase a high-quality turf, no one will know it’s not grass unless you tell them.
  • Allergies: Grass make you itchy? Turf won’t bother you a bit!
  • Great for kids and pets: Kids and dogs love running around in the grass. They’re not going to have the same fun running around a cement patio. You can also get playground turf or pet turf and create a special place for the kiddos (both 2 and 4 legged).
  • It’s soft! Most outdoor flooring options are hard. You have to sit in a chair in order to be comfortable. With turf, you can have a picnic, or just lay down right in the turf, especially since it doesn’t attract bugs the same way traditional grass does.
  • You can keep it cool: One of the cons of turf has always been the heat – under heat, it does get warm and stops feeling soft and, well, grassy. Now, you can easily add some snazzy Hydrochill to keep it cool and natural-feeling all summer long.
  • Cost: While it’s true that it is initially more expensive to purchase turf than grass, just take a look at the cost over the long run!

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**Notes about cost:

Information is courtesy of Synthetic Grass Warehouse. Yearly estimations for grass maintenance come in at $2,268, which includes fertilizers, chemicals, irrigation and trimming.

Turf installation price estimates all labor, gravel removal, possible irrigation movement, etc.

Cons of Artificial Grass

  • Upfront cost: Although it is less expensive over time, you do need to be able to spring for the initial cost of material and installation.
  • It’s not grass: Hi, my name is Captain Obvious. But if you’re concerned with having grass that is ONLY GRASS, obviously turf won’t cut it.

Related content >> Pet-Friendly Flooring Buying Guide

4. Brick

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Let’s go back in time to 1960s New England. The classic, elegant look of brick architecture. That’s what I imagine anytime I see brick, whether it’s walls or floor. I love it. It makes me feel almost like I’m in a different country traveling the world.

Brick can give you a lot of different options for colors and patterns for your porch flooring and it definitely creates a unique look that sets you apart from the rest. Perfect for by an outdoor fireplace, or a cozy patio, brick is an often forgotten, but gorgeous outdoor flooring option.

Pros of Brick Flooring

  • Durability: This will come as no surprise. Bricks are one of the most durable materials out there, and they hold up well to outdoor foot traffic over the long haul.
  • Cost: This one is tricky. Technically, over the short term, brick is one of the more expensive options. However, if you install brick correctly, it will literally last you until you destroy it yourself. Additionally, brick flooring is different than solid bricks – it usually comes in pavers, which are thinner and significantly less expensive.
  • Look: There is just nothing out there that can compare with the look of natural brick. It adds a very unique feel to your space. Also, as your brick gets slightly worn with age, it just adds even more character and personality.
  • Maintenance: Or…lack thereof.
  • Slip resistance: Brick is naturally slip-resistant.
  • Environmentally conscious: Brick is made from (almost) all natural materials and is often recycled during building demolition to make reclaimed/recycled brick.
  • Warmth: Unlike stone, brick naturally stays pretty warm, but that can also be a negative in hot environments.

Cons of Brick Flooring

  • Water retention: Brick is naturally porous. Although it boasts a hard, solid exterior, if you don’t keep it sealed properly, it can retain water. That means you could have problems with mold and mildew down the line.
  • Hardness: I mean….I think we can all agree that brick isn’t exactly soft.
  • Uneven: Brick is already uneven and through natural wear, it will only get more so.
  • Difficult to take up and replace: Removing brick flooring is, well, a process. It’s best to only commit if you can commit for the long haul.

Related content >> 2019 Flooring Trends

5. Concrete

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Does concrete really count as a floor? I guess you could say concrete is the anti-flooring outdoor option.

Many homeowners are drawn to using concrete outdoors because, well, have you ever heard the expression ‘hard as concrete’? You’d have to really put some effort into destroying concrete, which means it will probably last you forever.

Also, you probably don’t even need to do anything. Chances are your house came with a concrete patio and, if you want, you can stain it. Or you can just leave it be and go au naturale.

Pros of Concrete Flooring

  • Durability: Like I mentioned, concrete is one tough cookie. If you go the concrete route, you will probably be able to keep your concrete porch flooring for the entire time you live in the home.
  • Maintenance: I mean, sweeping and hosing when it gets dirty – it doesn’t get much simpler than that.
  • Versatility: With staining and stamping, you can really create a unique, stylish design on your existing patio. These techniques, however, will not last nearly as long as just plain ol‘ concrete.
  • Price: If you just go with the concrete you already have, or even lay some new concrete down without any staining, this is a super cheap option.
  • Environmentally conscious: Since the concrete is usually already present, you don’t have to use any new materials and, if you don’t stain it, you won’t be using any solvents or chemicals.

Cons of Concrete Flooring

  • You have to pay to play: Basically, if you want to jazz up your concrete and make it look trendy and stylish, you’ve gotta put some money into it. This changes the lifespan of your anti-floor and comes with the likelihood of chipping/peeling over time.
  • Dirt: Have you ever walked barefoot over concrete and ended up with no dirt on your feet? Yeah, me either. Even freshly cleaned concrete, unless it’s stained, never really looks or feels clean.
  • Hardness: If you’re going to be standing on your patio (for example: if you put a cooktop/grill out there), it is going to feel hard on your joints. Likewise, you won’t want to lay on it the way you would with artificial grass.

6. Rubber Flooring

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And now for a round of “Floors You Never Thought to Put Outside”.

I’ll take rubber flooring for 600, Alex!

Seriously though, 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. That means you can run, play and fall on it all you like, and both you and your floor will come out a-okay.

So where do you start with rubber flooring? There’s a lot of options which can make it a little overwhelming. That’s why we’re breaking it down into the primary outdoor rubber flooring categories: rubber pavers, rubber tiles/rolls and rubber playground flooring.

Rubber Pavers

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Rubber pavers mimic the look of stone, brick and concrete, but give you the resiliency, comfort and ease of rubber. More economical than brick and in lots of cool colors and looks, rubber pavers are versatile and safe, easing your mind if you have kiddos playing outdoors, or just giving you and your guests comfort in your outdoor get-togethers.

Pros of Rubber Pavers

  • Price: Unlike many other outdoor flooring options, you can get rubber pavers for under $2/sqft! Of course, there are pricier options, but they are still usually pretty affordable.
  • Comfort: Rubber is resilient and shock absorbent, making it super comfortable for walking, standing, jumping and back flips.*
  • 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. That’s all.

*Note: You should probably not use rubber pavers to practice backflips…

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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Rubber Floor Tiles / Rubber Floor Rolls

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8 Outdoor Flooring Options for Style & Comfort: Find the perfect outdoor flooring option for your location, style and budget.

These are the guys that most people only think of for gyms and fitness studios, but the truth is, they are super versatile, and they make a great outdoor flooring option!

Pros of Rubber Tiles & Rolls Outside Flooring

  • Price: Like rubber pavers, you can get rubber interlocking deck tiles and rolls for practically a steal! In fact, rubber rolls often start as low as $1/sqft.
  • Comfort: Rubber is resilient and shock absorbent, making it super comfortable for walking, standing, jumping and back flips.*
  • 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. That’s all.

Cons of Rubber Tiles & Rolls Outside

  • Longevity: While rubber flooring will last you quite some time, they won’t last as long as something like brick or concrete.
  • Ability to stand up to the elements: Rubber can wear in the sun. It is not as tough as something like concrete that can pretty much handle the harshest environments.

Related content >> Rubber Flooring: Tiles vs. Rolls

Rubber Playground Flooring

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Okay, so this is kind of a niche thing, but it’s still an excellent outdoor flooring option. In fact, if you have playground equipment, I’d be bold enough to say it is the best outdoor flooring option.

No, this may not be your number one choice for a deck or patio, but if you have kids playing and jumping, regardless of equipment, rubber playground flooring is a safe option with lots of colors to choose from.

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Pros of Rubber Playground Flooring

  • Safety: Rubber playground flooring is the safest option out there to protect you from falls and even general outdoor roughhousing options are rated to protect people falling from as high as 8′!
  • Durability: This rubber is tough as nails. It will stand up to just about anything.
  • Maintenance: While rubber mulch requires a bit more maintenance, it is still relatively easy. And playground tiles are a piece of cake – a quick sweep and the occasional damp mop and they are good to go.

Cons of Rubber Playground Flooring

  • Niche market: Rubber playground flooring is designed mostly for….playgrounds. You can use it in any outdoor area, but it’s typically a pretty niche market.
  • Price: Kind of. Rubber playground flooring is (often) the most expensive outdoor flooring option, but it still comes in well below many of the other choices.

Related content >> Playground Flooring

7. Foam Tiles

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Really? Foam? Well…yes and no.

Not all foam tiles are created equal, and most of the low-cost options won’t stand up to outdoor use. However, there are foam tiles specifically designed for outdoor use, particularly near pools and water play areas.*

Soft, durable, slip-resistant and waterproof, these non-porous tiles will make your pool deck safe, fun and stylish.

Pros of Foam Tiles Outdoors

  • Safety: Outdoor foam tiles are soft, cushiony and slip-resistant. They’re great next to the pool to keep kiddos from slipping and falling on the harder surface.
  • Anti- all of the bad things: Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, nontoxic and mold/mildew resistant.
  • Maintenance: To clean these babies, just wipe off the dirty area with a damp cloth. Really. It’s that simple.

Cons of Foam Tiles Outdoors

  • Longevity: The truth is, foam is soft and, probably, the least durable of all the outdoor flooring options. It will likely last you a decade, but not necessarily a lifetime.
  • Price: Foam is usually a super cheap material. However, the foam tiles created specifically for outdoor use are built to stand up to the elements, especially water. This means they come at a higher price point.

*For outdoor foam, we only recommend our Life Floor brand.

8. Outdoor Carpet

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Yes, it is a thing!

Now, we’re not talking ultra-thick, plush bedroom carpet. If you’re going to use carpet outdoors, you need to make sure it’s manufacturer approved for outdoor use. Outdoor carpet is the very short, low pile carpet similar to what you see in offices.

Outdoor carpet is often used under covered patios and areas not super susceptible to lots of water.

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. Not to mention, many outdoor carpet options are carpet tiles, which means you can mix and match colors and create fun, unique designs.
  • Price: You can get outdoor carpet tiles for under $1/sqft – it’s like they’re giving it away!

Cons of Outdoor Carpet

  • Longevity: Outdoor carpet is very durable, but it requires a decent amount of maintenance to keep it in good shape. Also, it just won’t last as long as many of the other outdoor options.
  • Upkeep: Like I said, it requires a lot more maintenance to keep your carpet in good shape. They are built to hold 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.

In conclusion…

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. If you’re ready to jump on board, check out a few of our most popular outdoor flooring options.

Ready to get started? Check out a few of our most popular outdoor flooring options:

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Indoor/Outdoor Ribbed Carpet Tile

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Rugged Grip-Loc Tiles

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Naturesort Deck Tiles

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George a Terpening

What about a rubber flooring to cover my deck to help keep water from getting everything under the deck wet. ??

Kairi Gainsborough

Like you mentioned, I am one of many homeowners drawn to concrete for outdoor flooring. I love that it is so durable and customizable. It is so fun to see the different designs people use in their yards. When I landscape my yard, I plan on getting a patent made of concrete.

Jan Shaw
Jan Shaw

Can rubber pavers be placed over an existing wood deck?


If the wood deck is exposed to inclement weather….lots of rain and snow….moisture builds up under the paver and the wood will eventually rot. My deck had a partial roof with a barrier, but it wasn’t enough.

Michelle Barichello

I’m sorry to hear that, Connie. If we can help you get started with composite decking, please let us know!


I want to extend my patio. What are my options in outdoor flooring without using concrete. Something that I can put directly on the grass to extend the patio(Concrete).

Bethany Birchridge

I like that composite timber decks are actually fire resistant and can be washed off with water. I’ve been wanting to install a deck in my backyard, so thank you for listing the advantages of each type of deck material. Do you have any tips for finding a great contractor in my area?


We have a concrete patio covered above and on three sides but some water still flows in (we’re not in Arizona!). Currently has an outdoor carpet on top of the concrete, which holds some moisture. What flooring option is best over the top of concrete when some water may get to it from time to time?

janet albright
janet albright

looking for a covering for a rooftop garden 525 sq ft, it needs drainage gap because it will be directly on the roof. would like to get it in a green color, we already have composites decking in place

Lilia Robberts

Me and my husband have been wanting to get a pool deck. We want to make sure that it looks beautiful and safe. We love one of your suggestions. Just like you said, this type of deck can fit almost any style. We want to make sure the deck we get matches our home.


I live in northeast Florida with hot sun and heavy rain in summer, and occasional freezing temps in winter. We have an uncovered screen porch. Considering ceramic tile as well as rubber or foam. Must be low maintenance. What do you suggest?

Michelle Barichello

Hi Mary,

Great question! All three of those options work great for outdoor flooring. however, porcelain or ceramic tiles are a really nice look for a patio! Porcelain can hold up to harsh environments better than ceramic, but both will be really easy to clean and maintain. While rubber is low maintenance and a strong, durable material, it may have a hard time with that Florida sun. Foam is not quite as durable as your other two options, although it is great for low maintenance.

Good luck with your project, and let us know how it turns out!

Nikanj Pareek

Great information and compiled nicely. Thanks for the hard work.

Brenda Hurst
Brenda Hurst

I realize you said you were highlighting your favorites and that other options are also available, but I’m truly surprised manufactured stone pavers didn’t make your list. I see porcelain and ceramic tiles at the top that resemble stone patios, but will you later do an article on paver products as outdoor flooring? Our contractor is suggesting those in lieu of a (more expensive) composite deck. I’d rather have natural stone, but he says the manufactured product has advantages and is less expensive. He also suggests LVT wood-look planks for our unheated Screen Porch, but we live in Northern Indiana.… Read more »

Kayla Haas

Hi Brenda, I like your suggestion about manufactured stone pavers! Manufactured (or concrete) stone pavers are certainly more inexpensive than natural stone. They also are more customizable, and there are more choices in choosing your look. They’re also easier to replace if any damage occurred. It’s a great choice in lieu of a composite deck! As for LVT, we wouldn’t recommend it for an outdoor, screen porch. The weather will take its toll over time, and color fading will occur. Most of the time, using LVT outside will also void the warranty. Composite deck tiles, rooftop deck tiles, or outdoor… Read more »

Kit Hannigan

Thanks for pointing out how natural brick can bring in a very unique aesthetic to your outdoor space. My wife thinks we need to renovate our home for us to be able to sell it quicker in the future. I will be happy to share this piece with her so that she can consider if natural brick floorings for our exteriors will be able to add a touch of sophistication to our home; making it more enticing for buyers.

Nada T
Nada T

I’m working on a project dedicated for children and i am looking for an outdoors flooring that has designs that mimics natural stone or wood, but at the same time safe for children and durable against harsh sun and plenty of rain. it will cover a very large space. what would you recommend?

Michelle Barichello

Hi Nada,

Thank you for your question. I would highly recommend a rubber or foam flooring solution. Both of these materials are slip resistant and do well with water and harsh weather conditions. You can even find some natural outdoor looks with these floors. I suggest checking out our Premium Soft Wood Tiles or our Strong Rubber Tiles, which comes in several colors. Tiles are also great for covering a large space.

Best wishes with your project, and please keep us posted!

Jocelyn McDonald

My husband and I want to add a deck to our property, but we’re having a hard time deciding what kind of wood we want to use for it. Your article had some great tips for choosing a material for our new deck, and I liked how you said to consider composite wood over natural wood, as it needs no treatments and will end up saving us about $23,000 a year in the long run. Thanks; we’ll keep this in mind when choosing the best material for our future deck.

Michelle Barichello

Great to hear, Jocelyn! Can’t wait to hear how your new deck turns out!

Amy Winters

I’m glad you pointed out that concrete floors have the most simple maintenance requirements, since all you need to do is sweep or hose it off when it gets dirty. My husband and I want to have a patio put in our backyard, so I’ve been doing some research on our choices for material. I like the idea of easy maintenance, so I think concrete will be a good fit for us.

ED Screen Repair

Hey! I have read your Blog this So Nice and Awesome service you have provided.

Michelle Barichello

Thanks for the positive feedback!


I want to have a backyard area where me and my family can relax and have fun. I want something that least expensive and will last almost forever or until i sell my home. I need some ideas, I’m all that knowledgeable on these things but I want to get started. My wife wants wood decking for the back yard but i hear it can be expensive, any ideas? We want something where we can put some outside furniture and some kids toys. The only thing is we have no roofing area so i would need to build one over… Read more »

Michelle Barichello

Hi Mark,

Thank you for your question. I would highly suggest composite deck tiles as an inexpensive alternative to wood decking. Composite decking does not have to be stained or sanded year after year, which saves you time and money in the long run. It is very durable, safe for pets and kids and will hold up to the Florida rain. Please let us know if we can help you get started or answer more questions!

Ruth Jones

Such a nice and helpful article!

There are too many tile types like Contemporary Paving Slabs, for home outdoor area like garden, garage etc. This will give your garden area a classic look!

Michelle Barichello

Thank you, Ruth!


Our back porch is wooden tung and groove. I like outdoor carpet on it but water has rotted the floor on the front edge. What can we use to replace the wood , or paint new flooring with to keep it from rotting under the carpet?

Michelle Barichello

Hi Barbara,

Composite decking is an excellent choice for a porch and makes a great wood alternative. You can get it in boards or tiles, and they’re weather resistant so they won’t rot under water.

Hope this is helpful! Good luck with your project, and please let us know if we can help.

Gerty Gift

My husband and I have been thinking about what kind of material we would like to use for our deck. We love the look of wood, but have been worried about the amount of maintenance it will require. It’s good to know that the maintenance for composite wood decking would be significantly less than what we expected which will probably help us to consider this over other options.


Great idea. Outdoor Flooring is the best in our daily life. Because, After a tiring day, we probably just want to relax on our patio or on our deck. Additionally, we spend most of our time there while entertaining our friends and relatives.

Michelle Barichello



We’re desperate. Please advise. We have a very large concrete terrace approx 30×40. The concrete is cracking and paint peeling. Water stands in puddles. We need a cheap solution to cover the entire area. We get 4ft of snow in winter about 5 months per year. I like your rubber flooring idea and my husband hates artificial grass. Where can we find rubber flooring or a better solution that withstand these harsh elements? Thank you in advance.

Michelle Barichello

Hi Jos,

We’d love to help you get rubber flooring for your outdoors. Please feel free to call us at (800) 613-0996 or you can visit our website at rubberflooringinc.com and start a live chat with a rubber flooring specialist.

Thank you!


This is a very interesting post. The 8 best outdoor flooring options to keep our home looking stylish from the outside in. I gain a lot of knowledge about reading your post.

Michelle Barichello

Thank you!

Arsam Esmaeili

Great information We nee to keep a blog alive further information.

Steve Williams
Steve Williams

Awesome article! Easy to read and as a deck builder, it’s something I will definitely come back and reference in the future.

Bill Deck

These are some great ideas that any porch builder needs to be aware of. Great job putting all of this together.


Love these outdoor flooring options! They look great – definitely going to do some more research on them. Thank you for sharing.