Northern Virginia is generally known for having long springs and summers, warm falls and short winters (this last winter would prove me wrong!) Since there weather here doesn’t really get that cold, you’ll find many have covered decks, four seasons rooms or conservatories as either a part of their home or as an addition. If you are planning on closing in an outdoor space, or have one you want to update, here are our suggestions on the best types of flooring to use.
One of the most popular types of flooring is indoor/outdoor carpet. This type of carpet has a pile that’s very short and compact, making it easy to clean, and absorbs noise (plus, it feels good underfoot). When selecting the carpet, look for one that is made to resist UV rays and is able to handle moisture. Regular carpet may cost slightly less, but it will fade quickly and possibly develop mold and mildew.
If carpet isn’t what you envisioned, try porcelain tile. Tile gives the room a more sophisticated look and is quite popular as well. Porcelain comes in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes. Choose a tile that is meant for outdoor use, such as porcelain. Porcelain tile is denser than normal tile and will be more resistant to moisture. Also, ceramic retracts and expands with the temperature changes meaning it could break during frigid weather.
If you are updating a deck and turning it into a covered space, use a concrete board on top of a wood porch to give the tile enough of a foundation to keep the sub-floor (decking) from cracking and breaking.
You may or may not already have wood flooring in your new room; if you don’t and you want the look of wood, consider wood laminate. Wood laminate will give you the look of hardwood floors at a much lower cost and less maintenance. Wood laminate comes in several different color looks grains and styles. If wood laminate isn’t the look you want, but you like the idea of laminate, consider the dizzying array of styles. You can literally choose any look to go with whichever theme or idea you’re going for!
Ask one of our professionals to help you choose the best flooring for the room you have. Let our professional designer know what you already have, or what you envision, and they will help you find the best for your lifestyle and your room! Invite us into your home, to truly get the best idea of how your room will look with the flooring you want!