Adding a covered patio to your backyard is a great way to take full advantage of the year-round amazing weather here in South Florida. Elevating the patio space with outdoor covers like a pergola will ensure you are able to enjoy your new outdoor living space whether the sun is shining down or an afternoon rain shower is rolling through. With pergola roof options ranging from a solid fixed-roof for full-time shade on the patio, to a more dynamic motorized adjustable louvered roof that allows you to control the sun/shade balance, a modern pergola will help you get the most out of your new patio addition.
Regardless of the pergola design you choose, selecting the right outdoor flooring for your patio will be imperative as well. We’ve previously covered how various outdoor flooring options can impact the design of a pergola, pergola height, etc., so now let’s take a deeper dive into the pros and cons of the most popular outdoor flooring materials to see which will be best choice when adding a pergola to your home.
Outdoor pavers are among the most common outdoor flooring selections. They come in a myriad of sizes, shapes, and colors which give you untold combinations to play with in your covered patio design. Lighter colors can be employed with a fixed-roof pergola to help brighten up the shaded space, while darker colored pavers are great to ward off stains and add a splash of color.
Outdoor tile floors are also low maintenance and can be hosed off or mopped just like an indoor floor. Available in just about any material, color and style you would like, outdoor tiles can be mixed to create a unique aesthetic. Outdoor tile floors can be a single unified color, a patchwork of repeating colors, or an artistic mural that makes the patio floor its own dynamic design element of the outdoor living space.
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Stone patios look amazing and can help create an appealing transition from the home to the natural components of the yard. From small fieldstones to smooth sandstone pavers, and ranging all the way up to massive slabs of granite, natural stone patios can be a defining feature of any outdoor living space. Virtually indestructible, stone patios require minimal maintenance.
Wood outdoor flooring is a relatively affordable option at first installation. The decking can be left untreated to age naturally for a rustic look, or it can be stained and painted in every color and hue imaginable. Maintenance demands for natural wood are elevated from other stone or concrete options, though. Routine replacement of decking can add to the cost over the life of the patio.
Outdoor flooring options for today’s modern outdoor covers like the pergolas we design and install are truly endless. Each material has its own benefits and drawbacks to review before deciding what to place below your covered patio. If you are considering adding a covered patio to your home, contact us and let our design team help you choose the ideal pergola style and outdoor flooring.