In this post, you will learn…
- Questions to ask before choosing flooring for your sunroom
- Advantages & disadvantages of different flooring types
- Sunroom flooring tips
When choosing a sunroom for your home, there are many factors to consider before you reach your final decision. The flooring you choose will ultimately depend on your budget, personal style and how you plan to use your sunroom. In this post, we’ll discuss the endless options for sunroom flooring and explore which type fits your unique needs.
When it comes to installing or refurbishing sunroom flooring, you have a handful of options. 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, it’s beneficial to keep these your flooring options in mind.
Sunroom Flooring Questions to Ask
- What type of sunroom are you planning?
- 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 the appearance of your sunroom?
Types of Sunroom Flooring
Once only seen in old factories and converted lofts, concrete has become 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 one of the cheaper flooring options available. Because concrete absorbs heat, it can also save you money on heating costs during cooler months. Additionally, concrete can be exposed to the elements without much wear and tear.
Carpet is a great option if you want to create a cozy and comfortable ambience in your sunroom. Carpet is perfect for a sunroom that will be lightly used or one that’s not attached to a high-traffic area, such as the backyard or living room.
If your room will receive a lot sun exposure, your carpet may fade after years of extended exposure. With an endless amount of options available, there are plenty of carpet fibers, colors and patterns to choose from, giving you additional ways to create a custom look for your sunroom.
Laminate is a very popular flooring option that is available in a variety of colors and finishes, giving you several options to choose from. You can install laminate that looks just like real tile, wood or stone, for a less expensive price.
Tile is another popular sunroom flooring option that is easy to clean and allows you to be creative with your design. 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 its natural energy efficiency. Tile absorbs more solar energy than wood or carpet, keeping the floor warm. If your sunroom is installed in a high-traffic area, tile flooring is a perfect option due to its scratch-resistant properties.
While linoleum was not in style for a while, it’s making a steady comeback. 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. Linoleum is very durable and low maintenance, making it a great flooring option for medium- to high-traffic areas.
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 doesn’t absorb and contain thermal energy like concrete or tile, which makes it less energy efficient than other materials.
Sunroom Flooring Tips to Keep in Mind
- Three season rooms generally aren’t insulated, so choose flooring that will help keep the space warm during the winter months (even if your winter is mild).
- Flooring in screen room additions should be durable and be able to withstand the elements since they are exposed to the elements all year round.
- 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 stain to prevent sun damage. Many home improvement stores have wide selections of these 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. Are you having a difficult time deciding what type is best for you? Patio Enclosures will work with you to choose the perfect flooring option for your space. If you’re ready to move forward with your sunroom, schedule your free, in-home estimate today.
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