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Having a patio is a great way to extend the living area to the outdoor and it is perfect for entertaining friends. One of the aspect to take into consideration when building a patio is the outdoor flooring options which vastly differ in cost, maintenance and durability.

This article provides a brief sharing on some of the most commonly used materials for outdoor patio flooring.



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Gravel

Gravel
Gravel paving has an earthy appeal. It comes in a variety of colors, texture and sizes. Pea gravel is the most recommended material for patio due to its fine texture.
Pros: Affordable, long lasting, good drainage
Cons: Rough and uneven surface



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Natural Turf

Turf (Natural / Artificial)
Turf can be laid for a fresh and natural look by using natural or artificial turf. However, there have been ongoing debates on the advantages and disadvantages of natural vs. artificial turf. Both types differ vastly in cost, maintenance and health risks. Research thoroughly before deciding on the best option for your needs.

Pros (Natural Turf): reduce temperature in summer, significantly lower installation cost, better impact absorbent, water entrapment
Cons: regular mowing, fertilizing, watering, weed control, ongoing maintenance cost.

Pros (Artificial Turf): great for undercover areas, greener than natural grass, works well for people with allergies
Cons: Costly installation, gets heated up in summer, regular cleaning and brushing with disinfectant



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Concrete Tiles

Concrete Tiles
This is an inexpensive options for outdoor flooring with long lasting lifetime and able to withstand mostly all weather conditions. To get a more artistic appearance, you can even do stamping with various patterns.

Pros: Inexpensive, durable, weather resistant, easy to clean
Cons: Hard surface, less absorbent



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Bricks

Bricks
Similar to the characteristics of concrete flooring, bricks are weather resistant, low in cost and easy to maintain. They can be laid in various patterns such as herringbone, running board, basket weave and many more.

Pros: Inexpensive, slip resistant, durable, easy to maintain.
Cons: Hard surface, less absorbent



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Wood Flooring

Wood (Deck)
Wood flooring in the outdoor area adds a touch of sophistication to the home. Not only beautiful, it is also quite easy to maintain and withstand all weather conditions too. However, as expected, wood can be quite expensive.

Pros: Elegant, durable and weather resistant
Cons: Costly, susceptible to mold, termite, regular cleaning and oiling.


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