Help me be grout-free.
March 4, 2011 11:25 AM Subscribe
What material should we use as the flooring of a raised outdoor patio? The tile isn't hacking it.
posted by dinger to Home & Garden (9 answers total)
At the back of our house there is a raised patio outside the second floor. This is not what is commonly called a "deck", with wooden or synthetic planking forming the floor, and an unfinished underside. Instead, it is more like an outside extension of the second floor. The top surface is ceramic tile, and the bottom is finished to form the ceiling of a lower patio. The edge is closed and banded with siding.
This patio is on the north side of the house, so that it never gets direct sunlight. Consequently, it dries slowly after rain or snow. Over the years, water has infiltrated through the grout between the tiles, and freezing and thawing cycles have caused some of the tiles to heave and buckle. We are fed up and frustrated with tile, and want it replaced. But with what?
Stamped concrete has been recommended, and has the advantage of having no grout seams to fail. However, I'm not convinced it's the best solution. What are some alternatives? I'm not averse to synthetic materials; I just want something tough, weatherproof, and somewhat attractive. Does such an outdoor flooring material exist?