In this article you will learn…
- Questions to ask before making a decision
- Advantages & disadvantages of different flooring types
- Tips for your flooring option
When it comes to installing or refurbishing your sunroom’s flooring, know that you have a handful of options. Keep this in mind especially if you’re installing a sunroom as additional living space. Not all sunroom installations will include an option for flooring, so you’ll need to consult a contractor for your flooring needs. If you’re converting a spare room, deck or porch into a sunroom, you’ll still want to keep these flooring options in mind.
The flooring you choose will ultimately depend on your budget, personal style and how you plan to use your sunroom. In today’s post, we’ll discuss the myriad of options for sunroom flooring and explore which type fits your unique needs.
Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before choosing your flooring:
- How will you use your sunroom?
- What is your budget?
- How often will you use your sunroom?
- How much time are you willing to spend in caring for and maintaining your sunroom’s appearance?
Types of Sunroom Flooring
Once only seen in old factories and converted lofts, concrete is becoming a popular flooring choice among designers and decorators that lends itself to an industrial chic look. In addition to being low-maintenance and durable, it’s actually one of the cheaper flooring options available. It also saves on heating costs in the cooler months because it easily absorbs heat.
Carpet is good for sunrooms when creating a cozy and comfortable ambience. Just imagine sitting on your chaise lounge in your insulated sunroom in the middle of winter, with a bed of soft, warm carpet beneath your feet. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Carpet is good for those rooms that will only be used sparingly or that are not attached to high-traffic area such as the backyard or living room. Of course, you don’t have to settle for beige, boring carpet. You have your choice of different fibers, colors and patterns.
However, carpet can fade due to sun exposure if isn’t protected. It’s also difficult to maintain and attracts dirt quickly, but it’s a great flooring option for a nook-type space.
This option will always be popular for a variety of reasons. Primarily because laminate is available in a variety of colors and finishes so you will have many options to choose from. You can install laminate that looks just like real tile, wood or stone.
Tile is easy to clean and oh so pretty! The great thing about tile is that you can be really creative with designs. Create colorful patterns for a Mediterranean feel or use black and white tile for a retro look. Tile flooring is a great option for those who live in four season weather because of their natural energy efficiency. They absorb more solar energy than wood or carpet, keeping the floor warm. And because high grade tile is nearly scratch resistant, this flooring option is perfect for those whose sunroom will be installed in a high-traffic area.
For a long time, linoleum had a bad reputation for being a cheap and gaudy flooring option. But recently it’s become much more popular. Since linoleum is durable, environmentally friendly and very affordable, it’s one of the best options for sunroom flooring. It’s made from renewable materials like linseed oil, ground cork or pine resin and manufacturers make it in variety of designs, patterns and colors. This is a great flooring option for medium to high traffic areas because of its durability and easy maintenance.
Hardwood remains an ever-popular option for flooring. Elegant, warm, and inviting, hardwood flooring is easy to maintain and relatively inexpensive. Your choices are only limited by your imagination, as wood flooring is available in a variety of cuts, fabrications and finishes. Pre-fabricated wood panels are an easy and affordable option.
One thing to keep in mind with hardwood flooring, is that it is less energy efficient than other materials. It doesn’t absorb and contain thermal energy like concrete or tile. If you live in a cold climate and your sunroom is not properly insulated, hardwood might not be the best option.
- Three season sunrooms aren't generally insulated so choose flooring that will help keep the space warm during the winter months (even if your winter is mild)
- If you install carpet in your sunroom, stick to a thinner pile and make sure your windows have proper UV protection.
- Treat wood flooring with an oil based stains to prevent sun damage. Both Lowes and Home Depot have wide selections of oil based stains.
- Regardless of the option you choose, make sure to clean and maintain your flooring regularly to extend its life and maintain its appearance.
When it comes to sunroom flooring, your options are endless. And thanks to advancement in manufacturing techniques, you can use pretty much any type of floor in your sunroom and it’ll look beautiful. Are you ready to move forward with your sunroom update?
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