How to choose anti-slip flooring for the backyard? Understand now.

Antonio Neves
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Antonio Neves
Published in
31/5/2021
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2/6/2021
How to choose anti-slip flooring for the backyard? Understand now.

Choosing a floor for the backyard is essential to ensure not only beauty for the outdoor area, but also safety and comfort. An outdoor floor must have specific features that provide a suitable environment for the leisure of the family and all those who pass through the area. Therefore, an anti-slipping floor that does not absorb heat is usually the most suitable for these cases. If you are looking for the best flooring for your backyard, we have made this article with you in mind. In case you already have a coating in your backyard and want to know how to clean and maintain it, here you can access information on that subject as well.

To help you in this task of choosing the best flooring for your backyard, it's important to know some points on the subject, which are the ones we'll address throughout this article. To give you an idea, here you will know what attributes a floor for your backyard should have, what are the most used types, which is the best, which is the cheapest, how to waterproof it and, finally, how should the cleaning and maintenance of these floors be done. It is very important to understand all the topics to be able to make the right choice for the floor of your backyard. So, stay tuned to the information that I will provide in this article, because it will certainly help you in this regard.

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What attributes should a backyard floor have?

When we talk about ideal flooring for the backyard, we must understand, before even knowing the most commonly used types, what attributes they must have, that is, when choosing a floor, check if it meets these conditions. If so, it is a floor that has the appropriate qualities to cover your backyard. Let?s find out what these characteristics are:

Resistance: the flooring for the backyard must be resistant, above all. Outdoor areas are places that are more exposed to the weather, foot traffic and even serve as garages, in many cases. Therefore, resistance is a fundamental attribute of this type of floor.

Anti-slip: this feature is undoubtedly the most important and you should already know why. As these are areas near swimming pools and with people traffic, it is unfeasible to use a floor that is not anti-slip. Therefore, the choice should be for porous floors, which have this property.

Safety: the flooring used in the backyard should be as safe as possible to ensure comfort for all who live and pass through the site. Non-slip floors fit as safe floors.

Durability: floors in external areas must have good durability so that they remain intact, without cracks, splits or wear, even when exposed to the most intense movement and weight in the location. Natural stone is a good example of flooring that will last for many years.

Easycleaning: because they are subject to dirt accumulation from the transit of people and also from the outside environment, the floors should be easy to clean. Despite being porous, it is possible to use products that help to avoid the accumulation of dirt on these types of floors.

Comfort: besides being safe, the floors should be comfortable so that people can walk barefoot, sit and walk on it. Therefore, they should be comfortable to provide good moments in the backyard.

These are the main features you should check before making any flooring purchase for your backyard, right? By doing so, the choice of the ideal flooring becomes more certain.

What types of flooring for the backyard?

Now, let's learn about the most commonly used types of flooring that are ideal for backyard coverings. These are the types:

  • Ceramic flooring: ceramic floors have a great cost-benefit ratio and variety. However, they are more suitable for covered areas as they are not non-slip.
  • Porcelain tiles: with a differentiated and versatile aesthetic effect, it is one of the favourites, but it is important to choose a model which is non-slip, otherwise it can be very slippery.
  • Cementitious flooring: very resistant, durable and beautiful, it is a good option for outdoor areas.
  • Natural stones: these are coverings that require greater investment, but which last for many, many years, with little maintenance and with an aesthetic effect that creates a more rustic environment.

We can still talk about synthetic or natural grass and wooden floors, such as decks. These are also interesting forms of cladding for backyards.

Each one of these types of coverings has its own characteristics that should be analysed case by case before deciding which is the best for your work, OK?

What is the best flooring for a backyard?

This is a difficult question to answer with a single answer. This is because there is no best or worst floor, since it depends on the objective you want for your construction. If your budget is more flexible and you want to give it a more rustic look, natural stones are the most suitable. If you want a more affordable option with a wide range of options, perhaps ceramic flooring is the most appropriate.

Do you realize that the choice of flooring for external cladding varies according to the particular needs of each person? It depends on the budget available, the style you want to give to the decoration and the maintenance you are willing to perform.

What is the cheapest flooring for the backyard?

The cheapest floors for backyard cladding are cementitious floors, which are extremely resistant and durable. Depending on the movement and weight that the floor will have to support, it is a very interesting option. You can also give it different types of finishes.

São Tomé stone is also not one of the most expensive. Considering its aesthetic appeal, durability and resistance, it presents a good cost-benefit ratio.

Besides the flooring itself, you need to consider the labour costs for the installation, right? So, analyse each of them to find out how it will be maintained over the years as well.

How to waterproof a backyard floor?

Porous floors, such as natural stone and cementitious floors, are subject to both the action of water and a greater accumulation of dirt. To solve this problem, Blok developed BlokSeal Pisos, a water repellent that repels water and protects the surface. By applying BlokSeal Pisos on the floor surfaces, a layer is created that prevents the water passage as well as dirt accumulation, making cleaning even easier and avoiding the appearance of any pathological manifestations that can seriously damage the material.

Care and maintenance of backyard flooring

Using BlokSeal Flooring on the porous floor of your yard is already a big step towards easier maintenance. This is because it makes day-to-day cleaning easier and keeps the entire surface protected for many years, increasing its durability. 

Regarding care, for cleaning, it is important to use soap and water, but if you need a specific product to remove the most difficult dirt, consult a specialized professional to ensure that the product does not damage the material. It is also possible to use high-pressure machines for more intense cleaning with a suitable frequency so as not to wear the floor out.

By performing maintenance and cleaning in the right way, you can have a floor that lasts for years and always stays in good condition. Just follow these recommendations, it's not difficult!

Conclusion

You have seen that there are several options for outdoor flooring, haven't you? Now, it's up to you to study which one best suits your needs. With the information I've given you so far, I'm sure it will be much easier to reach this conclusion. And remember to use BlokSeal Pisos to ensure that your porous floors are protected to further increase strength and durability. Talk to the Blok team to understand how this and many other products can be solutions for your job site!

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