Porch Flooring

A porch consists of any self-supporting structure attached but existing outside the base frame of the building. Some arcades consist of a bridge or ramp, wholly exposed to the elements. Others may have a roof with fenced-in walls containing large windows or screens. The type of porch you have will determine the kind of flooring materials you can use.

Precautions for outdoor porch

If you plan to install porch flooring in an area where it will rain, be sure to tilt the surface level to provide adequate drainage. Soil grading around the porch can also help prevent liquids from pooling on its surface, causing potential problems.

Pressure-treated pine porch flooring

Eighty percent of all deck floor surface coatings are made of this substance. Pressure-treated pine is durable, weather-resistant, economical, and long-lasting. Available in standard 2X boards and flat board formats, these materials are often used to build the base of a porch. Using it as a surface coating then creates a matched and completed piece. Use grade 1 material for railings and stairs and grade 2 material for regular flooring.

The new pine should be allowed to dry for 3-6 months after the original installation. So it is necessary to apply a quality sealing agent to protect its surface from water and UV rays. Some materials will be pre-treated by the factory with sealant, a coat of paint, or both.

On average, the pressure-treated pine porch flooring will cost 8.59$- 13.75$ per m 2, not including the porch frame itself. However, this material can add up to 12.61$ per m 2 of value to the house in the first year after installation. Pressure-treated pine can also last up to 15 years in most climates; however, it will darken and crack from rain and wear over time.

Redwood porch flooring

This is a choice of exotic hardwood porch flooring that features a beautiful tinted shade of red. Easier to cut than pine, Redwood sliced ​​with sharp straight cuts for clean crossings. Rugged and durable, these porch floors will not degrade under normal weather conditions and are resistant to rot, mold, and insect damage, allowing you to skip the application of a wood sealing agent.

In everyday applications, a redwood porch floor should last 1-2 decades or longer, with no preventative maintenance. Unfortunately, they can be pretty expensive, from 14.90$ to 8.34$ per m 2, excluding the porch substructure. The Redwood is available in standard 1.25 “x 6” boards and all standard 2X sizes. However, you usually have to order these materials especially.

Cedarwood porch floors

Cedarwood is another attractive and natural yet expensive porch flooring option. Inherently resistant to weathering, mold, rot, and pests, this wood surface coating requires no sealant and can last for decades under regular use. More readily available than Redwood, it is just as expensive, averaging 14.90$ to 19.48$ per m 2 just for flooring materials and installation.

Interlocking resilient vinyl flooring

Vinyl is resistant to water, stains, pests, mold, and almost anything the natural environment can throw at it. Low maintenance, easy to clean, and UV treated at the factory, and it is a relatively inexpensive and hassle-free solution for exterior surfaces. With porch flooring, you typically find vinyl in the form of planks and planks, which are assembled by clicking together to form an overall integrated structure.

These materials can be cheap at 6.88$-8.02$, 57.30$ per m 2, although high-end options can go as high as 17.19$. While installation is easy, vinyl dust is non-biodegradable and can be toxic. Therefore it has to be collected when these materials are cut to size and then disposed of properly. Another downside is that over time exposure to constant sunlight can cause these floors to fade.

Plastic wood composites

These are made from recycled plastic, which is mixed with discarded wood fibers to create a composite with both properties. They look like natural wood; these materials are highly durable and resistant to damage, water, stains, mold, UV fading, and won’t splinter or crack. They can also last for decades without maintenance, and many retailers will even offer a 10-20 year warranty on plastic and wood composites. However, the terms and conditions of those contracts should be read carefully.

Composites are great for indoor and outdoor porches, but they can be expensive, averaging 14.90$ to 18.34$ per m 2 . They tend to last a long time. However, there may be some discoloration with age, and cheaper products look more like plastic than wood. The sawdust is also not biodegradable, so it must be collected when shaping the planks. In some limited cases, local zoning panels do not allow this material for environmental reasons.

Brick porch flooring

Brick pavers are warm, friendly, natural, and able to withstand the environment of most places with graceful charm. Made from hard-fired clay into tiles, these materials are heavy and are generally only used in porches made entirely of brick or other solid stone and concrete materials. Once installed, the floor surface should be treated at least once with a UV shielding chemical sealant. After that, you can periodically reapply or let the bricks mold and wear with the wind and rain.