More homeowners opt to renovate their homes instead of buying due to a rise in mortgage interest rates. One of the most common renovations is to increase living and recreational space by introducing new indoor-outdoor living spaces.
When creating a seamless indoor-outdoor space, the home flooring must match the decking outdoors. This is necessary to give the illusion that there is no difference between being inside and outside.
Rather than a wood deck, indoor-outdoor deck space should utilize one of the following alternative decking options:
Anodized aluminum deck materials are one of the most expensive options but well worth the cost if your deck is subjected to full sun. Anodized aluminum decks are manufactured to stay cool even on the hottest day, are slip-resistant, and look fantastic with contemporary or modern homes.
The one location anodized aluminum decking materials should not be used is on the coast. Salty sea air corrodes the metal. However, it is fantastic in areas with high fire danger because aluminum decks don't burn.
Composite deck materials are manufactured from a combination of recycled plastics and wood fibers. Composite decking materials don't splinter or warp from exposure to the elements, stay cool in direct sunlight, and are impervious to insects and dry rot.
Composite decks stay cool in direct sunlight and come in various colors and textures to match any interior space for continuous indoor-outdoor flow.
One of the most popular flooring/decking combination building materials is concrete. A polished interior floor leading out to a concrete deck is a great way to achieve a seamless look between the two spaces.
Concrete flooring and decking look modern, are easy to clean, and require very little maintenance. Seal the concrete every few years; it will look brand new for decades.
For a more interesting look outdoors, the concrete can even be topped with aggregate or pebble gravel, adding slip resistance and making it ideal for use around pools or spas.
One major drawback of exterior concrete decking is it will get hot in direct sun. However, concrete decking is one of the best options if you plan to install a patio cover.
Last but certainly not least, you can install natural stone. Not only are travertine and granite floors durable, but both stay cool in direct sunlight, making them ideal for decking.
Bluestone is a less expensive option that looks great with traditional homes. Bluestone has a natural non-slip surface when wet, making it ideal for installation around swimming pools or hot tubs.