Sunrooms create the ultimate living space for people who love the great outdoors. With the vaulted ceilings and large windows, you can look out at the scenic views all year round even when the rain and snow fall from the sky. Many people who have existing decks or patios may decide to enclose the outdoor space to make it into a sunroom.
When creating a sunroom, you want flooring that feels great underfoot, will be low maintenance and will remain beautiful for many years. Here are certain aspects to keep in mind based on the types of materials that are available for sunrooms.
Wood Flooring Adds Elegance and Warmth
Hardwood and laminate flooring have become so popular during the recent decades that it can be found in almost every room of the home. So it stands to reason that you would want to place the material into the sunroom. The flooring can match any interior style with its myriad of colors as it brings the nature of the outdoors inside your home. It is also low maintenance and easy to clean.
Before jumping on this option, keep several important things in mind. If you have a sunroom with large windows or a glass ceiling that is not constantly shaded by nearby buildings or trees, the ultraviolet light of the sun can fade the coloring on hardwood and laminate flooring. Selecting a lighter stain for the wood can make the fading less noticeable, or you can place area rugs on the floor where the most sunlight enters the room.
Also, keep in mind the moisture and humidity levels that may be present in a sunroom if you decide to have an indoor hot tub in the space. Excess moisture and high humidity can cause significant damage to the floor by causing it to warp and buckle. So consider moisture-resistant flooring in the space.
Carpet Gives Softness Underfoot
Many sunrooms also have double duty as play areas for the kids. Young children can stomp around and have fun with their toys in the sunroom during stormy days. Carpeting becomes an ideal flooring option underfoot to give a soft surface to play on. This material comes in a wide range of colors and textures that can complement the look of your home.
Most carpeting placed in sunrooms will be low pile, such as indoor/outdoor carpet, so it will be easier to clean if the kids’ shoes are muddy. You also want to make sure that the room is completely sealed from outdoor moisture to prevent mildew from forming.
Tile Flooring Handles All Weather and Lifestyles
Tile flooring has become sought for in homes because of its durability and strength. This material is available in slate, ceramic and natural stone as it can be laid out in a wide range of designs. Tiles are water resistant, so they are perfect in sunrooms where there is high humidity and moisture from hot tubs. They also handle wear-and-tear well.
One disadvantage to keep in mind is that darker tiles can absorb sunlight, making them feel hot underfoot. You can select lighter colored tile or place rugs down for a more comfortable surface.
There are many flooring options to consider when you are building a sunroom. When selecting materials, keep in mind the advantages and disadvantages of each type to create the perfect space that you will love. Give the experts at Floor Coverings International East Bay a call today to schedule your free in-home consultation. We look forward to working with you!
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