Laying down some ideas to brighten your outdoor space

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If you want to freshen up your outdoor space so you can make the most of the sunny days, then new decking or tiling is a great way to do it. Just laying down new flooring can tidy up and modernise your outdoor space and make it a place that you are more than happy to sit and relax in.

Depending on the size of your outdoor space and your budget you can add zones in different places, for example cooking areas, dining areas and chill out areas. This will all add value to your home.

There are things that you need to take into consideration. Obviously you want it to look nice and to style it how you would like to BUT you also need to consider that this is an outdoor space, so it’s exposed to the elements at all times. Whether it’s the heat of the summer months or the cooler temperatures of the winter, it needs to be able to withstand all weathers. Bear in mind that although it may look aesthetically pleasing, it also needs to be long lasting. Any materials that you use need to be practical, as well as complementing the rest of your home.

Decking

Decking or wooden flooring is an effective way to link your indoors with your outdoor space as it looks warm, natural and homely. You can chose natural wood or composite materials and although composite can be slightly more expensive, it’s better value for money in the long term and easier to clean and maintain. Just a wash every now and again with soap and water will do the trick.

If you do opt for composite board and have a swimming pool – make sure you don’t use it for the area around your pool as it can get very hot in warm weather, so you could burn your feet when you’re jumping in and out!

Tiling

Most types of outdoor tiles are easier to keep clean than decking and very durable in any outdoor environment and can make for a really nice Mediterranean al fresco look. They are more expensive but they are longer lasting than wood, involve less maintenance and are easy to wipe clean. You can also play around with colour options and even mix and match tiles to make unique and eye catching patterns in your outdoor space. Natural stone tiles, made from granite, slate or travertine are a popular option as they wear well in outdoor environments. Polished stone tiles give a luxury chic look and won’t crack in extreme hot weather, however they can be very slippery if they get wet. Keep that in mind if you have children that may be running around or have a swimming pool.

A tiled or decked area in your outdoor space can really open it up. Also, adding the right outdoor furniture, a few outdoor accessories and lighting to complement it, will give it a complete transformation and will make an extra space in your house to enjoy.

There are pros and cons to both types of flooring, so it’s really what you think would be best for you, what style you are going for and what will suit your family‘s needs. So hopefully this has gone some way to helping you make your mind up and get the most from your outdoor space.

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