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Outdoor Flooring: discover types, features and styles.

June 22, 2023

If our home is a painting, outdoor flooring is the frame that beautifies and embellishes the painting. As in any decision-making process for the new house, the choice of outdoor flooring must be made carefully: several functional and special aspects must be evaluated, without neglecting aesthetics.

How to choose outdoor flooring?

We could say that when evaluating the materials to be laid, it is important to consider 3 basic characteristics:

  1. quality: an aspect, as always, very important for a result that lives up to expectations.
  2. durability: a key feature for outdoor flooring.
  3. reliability over time: our outdoor floors must be a long-term, if not very long-term, investment.

Exposed to weather, temperature fluctuations and UV rays, outdoor surfaces are often put to the test. In addition, the stresses to which outdoor flooring is subjected vary greatly from its use: whether it is a small balcony, a garden with a swimming pool, a pedestrian sidewalk or a driveway, choosing the ideal outdoor flooring is critical.

Therefore, generally outdoor flooring will need to be:

  • non-slip
  • antifreeze and anti-corrosion
  • waterproof
  • resistant to temperature changes
  • resistant to loads

Outdoor porcelain tile flooring

In different sizes and thicknesses, outdoor stoneware tiles are the ideal choice for making beautiful, functional and durable floors. Used for both residential and commercial environments, they offer a variety of colors and effects (wood effect, metal effect, stone effect…) that are truly irresistible.

Porcelain stoneware tile is considered an excellent choice for outdoor flooring because of the:

  1. Weather resistance: porcelain stoneware is highly resistant to weathering agents such as rain, snow, sun and frost. It does not warp or deteriorate easily due to weather changes, making it suitable for outdoor use anywhere.
  2. Wear resistance: porcelain tile flooring can withstand heavy traffic and daily wear and tear without scratching or damaging. This makes it an excellent choice for flooring outdoor areas subject to high stress such as courtyards, gardens, patios and driveways.
  3. Low water absorption: Porcelain tile does not absorb moisture significantly, and this property makes it less susceptible to damage from frost and standing water, reducing the risk of cracking or breaking.
  4. Wide customization: if you are considering porcelain tile for your outdoor floors, know that you have a variety of finishes, colors, sizes and textures available to make your outdoor spaces truly unique!
  5. Ease of maintenance: porcelain tile is relatively easy to clean and requires minimal maintenance, even when laid outdoors.
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Outdoor porphyry paving

A great classic of outdoor flooring is undoubtedly porphyry. Suitable for large areas, its variety of shapes and colors makes it perfect for creating elegant and functional compositions.

Again, we are talking about a durable and long-lasting outdoor flooring that will allow you to fully enhance your outdoor spaces. As porphyry is a natural stone, this type of material will allow you to have a valuable ally against the weather, wear and tear over time and continuous stress due to heavy loads.

With simple maintenance, you will be able to preserve the charm of porphyry, due to its beautiful natural colors, for a long time. This is precisely why this outdoor pavement is one of the chosen and beloved of all time.

Resin cement outdoor flooring

Elegant and trendy, outdoor resined concrete is the ideal solution for those seeking a modern and contemporary style even for outdoor spaces. It is a solution for all lovers of minimal and design style, which manages to give the house an unmistakable modern touch.

Resin concrete flooring is very durable, so it proves to be a more than ideal candidate for your outdoor spaces. Laying resin cement means choosing an outdoor floor that will not give particular problems with seepage, thanks to its water resistance, and maintenance, as it cleans up quickly.

Although it is an easy floor to manage, this does not mean it is equally easy to lay. To benefit from all its advantages you need the intervention of a professional, and at Oliviero we will be more than happy to take care of the installation, advise you on the most suitable style, and work alongside you on your project.

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Taek Wood Outdoor Flooring

What if I want an outdoor wood floor?

Said, done. Taek is a tropical wood that is widely used to furnish outdoor spaces due to its characteristics of compactness, solidity and durability. It is the most popular solution for all those who want to create a cozy atmosphere even outdoors.

Elegant and minimal, teak outdoor flooring does not spoil in contact with acids and is hardly flammable. In addition, teak wood is resistant to pests, bacteria and fungi.

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WPC flooring

Outdoor wood plastic composite (WPC) decking is the perfect solution for those who love the elegance and sophistication of wood and do not want to give it up in outdoor spaces. It is a sustainable choice, as it is often produced using recycled materials, such as plastics and wood waste. Its eco-friendly footprint, however, in no way sacrifices strength, sturdiness and durability over the years.

WPC has the ability to combine the natural beauty of wood with the merits of modern plastics, including water resistance. This is one of the pivotal features that makes it an ideal poolside floor-we're sure you've already noticed it in some home or hotel with an outdoor pool!

Not only that, WPC wood is also very popular for decking, precisely because of its great advantages, which make it possible not to give up the beauty and naturalness of a wooden floor.

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Outdoor flooring: latest trends and tips

Oliviero is a one-stop shop for choosing outdoor flooring in Vicenza!

Our consultants are always at your disposal for the design and implementation of your projects.

If you have come this far in your reading, you will have seen that there are several different solutions for choosing your. outdoor flooring: each depending on specific needs, styles and price ranges. However, we like to put an extra twist on it, and in this final stage of our in-depth discussion today, we would like to tell you about one of the hottest trends of recent times, namely: tiling interior and exterior with the same surfaces.

In recent years, special space has been given to design, and our task has always been to combine aesthetic taste with functionality, which should never be compromised. Precisely because aesthetics plays a rather important role today, one of the desires we often fulfill is continuous flooring between indoors and outdoors.

Breaking down any physical barrier between indoor and outdoor is possible, for example, with continuous porcelain stoneware flooring. A wonderful optical effect that immediately generates an enlargement of spaces. There are numerous porcelain tile collections that offer the same surfaces (i.e., colors, textural effects, formats) available for both contexts. For a surface that will seem to be (almost) infinite!

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How much does outdoor flooring cost? What is the best outdoor flooring?

Just ask our experts!

Whatever your style, our selection of outdoor flooring guarantees quality, high durability and enviable aesthetic impact. Contact us without obligation, we will be happy to assist you with your project.

Tell us about your project, our consultants are here to work alongside you in designing the home of your dreams!

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