So you’ve got a basement and have decided that it’s time to turn that space into some kind of livable arrangement. A combination of a thick underlayment and thick flooring will also raise the height of the floor and make the track installation too low for the molding to catch. Other reasons for the track being to low is that it may be incompatible with the brand of flooring. Here are seven of the most sought after patio flooring materials and they all come with their unique feel, textures, colours, patterns, sizes and shapes.
Patio flooring with concrete paving is hard-wearing, long-lasting and offers permanence, especially for those building their own patio. It is good to note the disadvantages of concrete patio flooring if not properly installed. Patio floors finished with bricks is one of the popular choice amongst patio builders flooring materials that provides a non glare surface, blends beautifully with most architectural styles, and harmonises well with almost any garden. Patio paving with wood brings a pleasant colour and texture, and adds something from the forest into patios, blending well with the garden and the outdoors in general.
This causes the wood to eventually rot away and become insect infected after a few years. Wood as an outdoor flooring, though beautiful, is sensitive to weather and is therefore best used in the shaded portions of the patio. Using wood decks as patio flooring is good because it is resilient underfoot, durable, lightweight and easy to install even for a do-it-yourself patio builder. Wood decks don’t retain heat the way other patio paved flooring does, and because it is readily available in a variety of grades, species, and engineered woods, and even comes pre-cut and pre-assembled, they fit easily into any individual’s budget or architectural themes.
However, wood decks are not maintenance free and they do need periodic checks for mildew, fungus, rust stains from nails and even the occasional splinters. In small areas, modular wood decking works particularly well, and this variety can be installed and set on sand, on level tamped earth or over a worn existing floor. If you plan to install a high level wood deck, it is better to get a report from a soil engineer to ascertain or certify that the ground is geologically safe before commencing with the task.
Kiln fired tiles will give a patio a smooth elegant look or a casual and ‘rough’ appearance, but either way, the warm earthy colours of quarry tiles blends beautifully with the garden’s colours. Quarry tiles are easy to clean, resist scratches and repel stains, making them a perfect choice for patio flooring. And the irregular shapes and sculptured looks adds pattern and texture to the whole garden’s theme.