You’re probably excited to soak in that spring air without worrying about bugs and weather ruining the moment. While there are a lot of elements to create a fantastic screened-in porch design, flooring is one of the most important aspects to consider. It dramatically affects the aesthetics of the space, but it also needs to withstand the moisture and more rough abuse that is usually used in these types of rooms. So let’s dive into the best flooring options for your screened porch.
Wooden Deck Tiles
Wood and moisture typically aren’t a good match, but wooden tiles made explicitly for decks are engineered to withstand weather and will hold up in a screened porch that’s likely to get damp now and then. In addition, wood is an excellent option if you’re looking for something warmer than tiles. It’s both physically warmer in the winter, and wood also has warmer tones to add to your aesthetic. And it doesn’t matter if you’re going for a modern, traditional, or farmhouse style; there are wooden deck tiles that will suit your needs.
Tiles are a classic option for areas in the home that tend to deal with a lot of water, like bathrooms and kitchens. But while kitchens are moving more toward hardwood, porcelain tiles are perfect for screened-in porches. They are durable and cool to the touch during those hot summer months. While they are easy to clean, it’s essential to clean up messes as they happen, so you don’t risk staining the tile or grout. There are ways to remove stains from both, but it’s a lot of hard work that you’ll want to avoid if you can. You’ll also find that porcelain tiles come in unlimited style options, colors, and shapes. So it will be easy to find a tile that will match your desired aesthetic, whether that be a traditional, classic, farmhouse, or even cottage design!
A screened-in porch is a partially outdoors and indoor room, and styling it to feel that way is an excellent idea. If wooden deck tiles and porcelain tiles feel too polished for you, maybe look into stone tiles. Stone tiles will bring a natural look to the space and lends itself to a traditional look, or they can be modern, depending on the type of stone. The durability of the stone will depend on what kind is installed but compared to porcelain tiles; you’ll be very limited on color options. In the winter, the stone won’t be as cold as porcelain but won’t be as warm as wooden deck tiles.
Whether it’s one big slab or smaller “tile-like” slabs, concrete is an excellent flooring choice for a screened-in porch. It is cool in the summer but not as cold as tile in the winter. Concrete is the most durable on this list, and it’s very moisture resistant once the appropriate sealer has been applied. You’ll also find that it’s ideal for those looking for a modern and sleek aesthetic. It can be stained or stamped with a pattern, and once it’s set, you’ll never have to think about it again. Before installing concrete, consider adding a heated floor system, so your space is toasty and warm during the cooler months.
No matter which option you choose, even wood, all of these will be cold in the winter. If you’re hoping to get more use out of your screened-in porch during those cold months, you might want to consider adding a rug to the design. Many fantastic indoor/outdoor rug options will look great over your screened-in porch flooring and even protect it from wine spills! Check out this simplistic style striped rug in eight colors, or even this rug in nine color options. If you’re looking for something more traditional, you might love this faded rug by Joss & Main.
Screened-in porches are versatile rooms that allow you to enjoy the great outdoors without dealing with mood-ruining irritants like mosquitoes! Of course, you can also enjoy a rainy afternoon on a screened-in porch, and we highly recommend bringing a good book with you. And now that you know which flooring options are best, you can make a selection without worrying about the elements ruining your vibe.