What Kind of Flooring Should I Choose for My Sunroom?
A sunroom’s floor is one of its most expansive features and plays a significant role in establishing its look and ambiance. A thoughtfully chosen floor should be inviting, easy to maintain, and beautiful.
The first thing to consider when deciding on a type of flooring is how the sunroom will be used. Do you envision a fully climate-controlled living space that provides an additional room to spend time in regardless of outdoor temperatures? If so, your flooring options should include the same kind used elsewhere in the house. If your sunroom is accessed through French doors off the living room and your living room is carpeted, think about doing the same in the sunroom. If it’s accessed through a kitchen with ceramic tiled floors, extending the tiling into the sunroom will create a seamless transition from the old to the new living space. Just be aware that carpets can fade due to prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light, so this type of flooring works better in sunrooms that have UV-blocking windows.
If your addition will not be heated and cooled by an HVAC unit, consider a more durable, lower-maintenance flooring such as concrete. Today’s stamped concrete is an extremely versatile product and can be colored and textured to realistically mimic more expensive materials such as granite, travertine, and even wood. Linoleum is also a good choice for three-season sunrooms since it’s affordable, durable, easy to clean, and comes in a variety of designs. One flooring to avoid in non-air-conditioned rooms is hardwood. Although it looks great, hardwood doesn’t absorb heat very well, so it can become quite cold when the temperature dips. Wood can also swell and warp in high-humidity environments, so if your sunroom lacks climate control, it may eventually lead to buckling or rippling.
No matter what type of flooring you choose, proper cleaning and maintenance will go a long way in extending its life and keeping it looking great.
At Pacific Patio, we have more than three decades of experience constructing custom-made sunrooms for homeowners in San Diego, CA, and surrounding communities. If you would like to learn more about the options available for your new addition, contact us today and schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our designers.