Can vinyl flooring be used outside?

September 19, 2020

vinyl flooring for patios

Vinyl flooring has become a viable flooring option for many homeowners over the past few years. But can it hold up outdoors as well as it does indoors? Many are surprised to find out that vinyl flooring is the ideal choice for outdoor use because it is durable, low maintenance, and water-resistant — what more could you ask for?

Let’s explore the benefits of this flooring option and tips for installing vinyl flooring outdoors.

Benefits of Installing Vinyl Flooring Outdoors

As a homeowner, you want an affordable flooring option that won’t compromise quality or comfort. Look no further than installing vinyl flooring in your outdoor space — the benefits speak for themselves!

Durable

No one who installs flooring outdoors plans to reinstall new flooring in a few years because of damage. When determining which flooring option is ideal for your outdoor space, you’re often looking for flooring that is durable and able to stand up to normal wear and tear, as well as the elements.

Vinyl flooring is an extremely durable option, making it a popular choice among homeowners looking for flooring that will last for many years. Whether your kids are playing rough on it or Mother Nature decides to throw a lot of storms your way, vinyl plank flooring can withstand it all. You can have peace of mind knowing your outdoor flooring is not only stain and scratch-resistant, but won’t fall victim to mold or insect-related damage.

Waterproof

Depending on where you live, you might get a lot of rain or snow. If this is the case, you need a water-resistant outdoor flooring option that can hold up to the elements. While some materials like laminate or wood absorb moisture, leading to issues like warping, growing of mold and mildew, and cupping.

Vinyl flooring has a nonporous surface which means that the material has no pores that would allow water to penetrable it. This characteristic makes luxury vinyl flying a leading contender for your outdoor flooring because it can handle any splashes and spills thrown its way.

sunroom with luxury vinyl flooring
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Ease of Installation

Whether you’re considering installing vinyl flooring on your patio or decking project, one thing is clear — you want a material that will hold up for years but won’t be a pain (or cost an arm and a leg) to install. If ease of installation is a top priority, look no further than luxury vinyl flooring.

If you have an existing structure in place, there is no need to remove it. The most important aspect of the installation is making sure you have a clean, dry surface that is completely level. This will ensure the vinyl flooring lays down seamlessly, leaving little room for imperfections.

Versatile

If you like options, vinyl flooring is for you! One of the top reasons vinyl flooring is chosen for outdoor spaces is because of the wide range of styles and colors that can seamlessly blend into any design aesthetic. Are you a fan of the look of wood but don’t want to deal with the maintenance? Tile that looks like wood is available to give you the look you crave without the headache. Are you looking for a sleek tile floor but don’t want to deal with the headache of installing individual tiles? Vinyl tile flooring provides the look in no time.

Vinyl flooring provides homeowners with a range of colors, designs, and textures to choose from, making it easy to blend into any space by matching your decor and furniture.

Low Maintenance

If “ain’t nobody got time for that” is a phrase you live by, the last thing you want is a flooring material that requires costly or timeconsuming maintenance. Unlike options like wood which require staining or refinishing every so often, vinyl flooring care and maintenance is extremely easy for the average homeowner. It’s low maintenance properties make it a great choice for high traffic areas where you and your family will be spending most of your time.

Because of its nonporous finish, dist, dirt, and allergens aren’t able to penetrate the surface — making them a breeze to clean up with a simple damp cloth. If you want to do a deeper clean, its as easy as using a wet mop or a steam cleaner. Since your vinyl flooring is water-resistant, you don’t have to worry about warping or swelling when using liquid cleaning products to restore the look of your tile floor.

Comfortable

You and your family will be spending a lot of time in your updated outdoor space, which is why it should be as comfortable as possible. Ideally, your home will seamlessly transition from the indoor space to the outdoors (with both aesthetics and comfort!). While pavers or concrete can provide a sleek, sophisticated look, they can be extremely uncomfortable to walk or sit on if you plan on spending a lot of time outside.

Vinyl floors offer an added level of padding that makes them relatively soft underfoot, making them an easy choice for families with ages ranging from infant to senior. Another benefit is that vinyl flooring doesn’t heat up as much as its counterparts so your family can enjoy the space even on the hottest days of the year.

vinyl flooring in a sunroom
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Installation Tips for Outdoor Vinyl Flooring

With so many luxury vinyl tile benefits it’s no surprise that vinyl flooring has become a popular choice for outdoor spaces in recent years. While vinyl flooring can hold up for many years, we’ve put together a few installation tips to ensure your flooring continues looking its best.

Don’t install vinyl flooring in direct sunlight

Although extremely durable and easy to maintain, the location in which you install vinyl flooring can directly impact its longevity. When planning your outdoor space, take into account the areas that will receive direct sunlight throughout the day. Avoid placing your vinyl flooring in direct sunlight to prevent warping and fading because of overexposure to the sun.

Avoid using in areas where water can sit for extended periods

Vinyl flooring is water-resistant, making it an ideal selection for your outdoor space (even in climates with plenty of rain!). But that doesn’t mean your flooring won’t ever experience water damage. We recommend not installing vinyl flooring directly surrounding a pool or water feature, or in areas that water tends to pool and sit after a rainstorm. Although rare, if the water sits on the vinyl flooring for too long, you can experience issues with mold and mildew.

Consider your location’s climate and average temperatures

Similar to avoiding direct sunlight, you will want to limit vinyl flooring in climates that reach extreme temperatures. If an area’s temperatures fluctuate from hot to cold too quickly or stay excessively hot for extended periods, your vinyl flooring can begin showing signs of early wear and tear. To avoid issues, take your climate into account, and if you decide the vinyl flooring is still the best option make sure you use a high-quality adhesive during the installation process.

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