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Just like you have to consider different factors when purchasing flooring for inside your home, your outdoor areas should not be neglected, and are often forgotten about. Especially if you like to spend time outdoors, whether it be for entertaining, grilling, swimming, or relaxing and enjoying the weather, the flooring for your outdoor areas needs to be chosen with all factors in mind. Here is a list of just a few of the best options for your outdoor needs:

Outdoor Carpeting

Outdoor carpeting can be put on top of decks or just by themselves. It can provide some temperature relief beneath bare feet from extreme cold and hot weather. While at one point, the only outdoor carpeting available was bright green, uncomfortable “astroturf,” there are plenty of other options available now. Much like traditional indoor carpeting, outdoor carpeting can come in a variety of styles and designs. It provides a softer, cooler and cushioned feel. Most higher end outdoor carpeting is treated to be mold and fade resistant, but eventually will fade and need to be replaced after many years.

Natural Stone Flooring

Since the flooring will be exposed to the elements regularly, natural stone flooring is great because it is, well, natural. The biggest concern when it comes to moisture and heat exposure is going to be the grout chosen and the installation process. Damage and replacement will be necessary if water gets beneath the tile and the base, loosening the adhesive. With correct grout and tile installation, this should not be a problem.

Ceramic Tile Flooring

While the actual tile needs to be specifically made for outdoor use, its benefits are the same as indoor ceramic tile. Its textured surface makes it mostly safe from slipping when wet, gives the same look an appeal as natural stone flooring, but inexpensive in comparison.

Wood Decking

This option is where the term “deck” comes from when referring to patio areas. Made from long wooden planks, wood decking gives a very casual vibe to any outdoor space. While it can withstand the elements, it is extremely susceptible to heat and cold under foot, but this can be combatted with varying types of wood, shades of stain, or paint colors. Wood decking is a compromise in price between natural stone and ceramic tile flooring in terms of price. It was much more popular in the past than it is now, but still efficient for outdoor spaces.

There are plenty of other outdoor flooring options, but these are the most common and most practical for any outdoor space of your home. Depending on your style, budget, and purpose for the flooring, be sure to explore all of your options before selecting a material.