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Outdoor Flooring and Decking -The Best Materials to Use

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

Outdoor Deck

People are not aware of it, but the outdoor flooring and decking of their homes help increase the value of their property apart from the fact that it adds to its aesthetic appeal.  It is not enough that we just install some outdoor flooring or erect a new deck, we should also consider the materials which we will be using in putting it up.  After all, they weren’t put there just to be admired at, we should also be sure that these are safe and sturdy, and would be more of an asset rather than a liability.

Introduction

Outdoor flooring and decking is more than a bunch of materials put together and attached to our houses for people to look at. It certainly serves a lot of functions, the most important of which is that is serves as a place where the family can relax and enjoy.  Hence, this is why we should be extremely careful in selecting the right materials for our outdoor attractions.  Naturally, we cannot just jump in our car and troop to the nearest store to buy the planks we need to build it.  It entails some careful planning, because a simple oversight could mean disaster for the people who own the house and who live in it too.

Enjoying the view from the outside

Outdoor deck view

Most of us love to have decks installed so that we can sit out and watch the sun rise and set, or possibly read a good book and enjoy the fresh air which wisps right into our faces.  Communing with nature which enjoying the comforts of our home as we sit at the deck of our homes, this is practically the good life as they call it.  In fact, how many of us have adorned houses with quaint decks attached to them, or was even made the deciding factor if a house will be purchased or not?  This is how important decks are when it comes to home living.

And it doesn’t end there. Even if we have the most attractive deck in the neighbourhood, if it does not have strong and sturdy flooring, it is just an accident waiting to happen.  So before we go out and start working on our decks, it is important to consider the type of material which we are going to use because we are now talking about the safety of the people who will be using it.

Wooden Flooring Anyone?

The most common and familiar sight we see is that of wooden outdoor flooring, with wooden decks complementing it.  Normally, this would give a “country” like image, but then it looks classy and smart and people love it!  By itself, wood has an appeal and charm of its own, and we can just imagine if this is the material we would use for our deck and outside flooring, it can instantly raise the value of our property! Now while it may appear beautiful as we see it, it also has its own share of disadvantages.

Outdoor deck floor

Wood needs to be treated and maintained regularly, and when compared to other building materials, its staying power is relatively shorter. But if we have the funds for its maintenance, then it can stay around much longer than expected.  Ultimately, it depends on the homeowner on what kind of theme he wants to adopt in his own home.

Snap-on Floorings

Nowadays, snap-on plastic floorings are being promoted because it does not entail much hard work.  For one, there will be no more constant pounding on nails to see to it that the planks are held in place.  These snap-on floorings are easier to install that they are made available in do-it-yourself shops.  Furthermore, these types of flooring were created to look like the real thing which can easily fool people who will find it difficult to determine which is authentic and which is not.

Snap on Flooring

Another thing which these snap-on floors have for them is that is reusable and easy to replace, and people need not bother with any mess because, as mentioned earlier, there are no nails needed! As the name connotes, we can just easily snap it on.  For those who have no time to spare or don’t want to get their hand dirty, then this is the best option for them to pursue.

Wood is still the best way to go

We are talking about the outdoors, and wood is clearly in first place when this topic comes into play.  The only question that needs to be resolved is the type of wood to be used and to be put in place.  Adorn our wooden deck with clinging vines, and in a matter of minutes, we have an authentic natural habitat on the side of our homes.  When it comes to natural beauty, wood wins this department hands down, no questions asked. This is the reason why snap-on floorings have imitated the appearance of wooden floorings. They copy the materials which have proven to be a success.

Building a firm foundation: the most important of them all

Deck foundation

While we may talk of materials being used, it is more important to consider that we build a firm foundation for our deck, which means, as we build it, we must make sure that the support is strong because this is why accidents happen.  No one can construct a deck overnight, and people who hasten doing so end up regretting it because they fail to make inspections if the foundation was properly laid. This is the perfect time to say this, that “Haste makes waste.”  As in every building constructed, the foundation must be firm enough so that it can withstand all the elements, and at the same time strong that it cannot be easily destroyed.

Summary

Outdoor flooring and decking play an important role in not only enhancing our home’s aesthetic appeal but also helps give the occupants of the house a place to relax and commune with nature.  The materials which we use have to be considered carefully, and it will all depend on what image we want our outdoor attractions to project.  Clearly, there are many advantages to having outdoor flooring and decking installed right into our homes.


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Comments

Aug 6, 2011 3:46pm
Lynsuz
Never heard of snap on flooring for decks. Good info.
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