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4 Common Porch Flooring Options: Compared And Contrasted

by Matthew Fields

If you are having a porch added to your home, one of the biggest decisions you'll need to make is what material to have the floor made from. Here are four options your builder may give you, along with a little insight into the pros and cons of each one.

1. Pressure-Treated Wood

You would not want to use standard pine or maple for porch flooring, as rot would set in quickly. If you want to use real wood, your best bet is pressure-treated wood. This wood has been compacted to make it stronger and less prone to rot and moisture damage. It should also resist termite and carpenter ant infestations. However, it is still wood, and it will still need to be painted regularly. Rot and insects may eventually get to it — just not as quickly as with natural wood.

2. Composite

Composite is a material made from a mixture of wood fibers and a plastic matrix. It is usually molded and stamped to look like wood, but it will never rot or attract bugs and you don't have to paint it. However, composite is more expensive than pressure-treated lumber, and it is heavy, which means it can be tough to install. Your porch builders should be able to handle it, but just be advised that you may pay more to have composite installed because of its weight.

3. Stone Tile

Stone tile is becoming more and more popular on porches. It has a more upscale look than either wood or composite. You never have to paint it, and you can choose any color you like. Stone tile is also really easy to clean, and of course, it will last a lifetime — it is stone, after all! It does, however, come with quite the hefty price tag, especially considering how long it takes to install. Its main downfall is that it can become slippery when wet, so you will only want to install it on a well-covered porch.

4. Olefin Carpet

Carpeting a porch may sound strange, but there are carpets made from a fiber called olefin that shed water really well and are designed for outdoor use. If you picture yourself using your porch more like a second living room, then olefin carpet might be a good flooring material. It provides some cushioning underfoot and comes in a range of colors and patterns. It's also relatively inexpensive — although it's not as durable as the other options on this list.

To learn more about your options, talk to a local porch builder, such as those at Framar  Construction .