Flooring For Porches and Sunrooms

Flooring For Porches and Sunrooms

We get a lot of questions about what floors are best for covered porches and sunrooms. There are few things we need to need to know before making recommendations:

--Is the covered porch fully enclosed? If so, with glass? Vinyl/clear plastic? Screens?
--Can the porch get wet?
--Is it climate controlled (HVAC)?
--Is it a cement slab or elevated (constructed from wood: pressure treated limber, cedar, redwood)
--How much direct sunlight does it get in the afternoons?

The answers to these questions determine the type of flooring that is best. The more insulated your room is, the more flooring options you have. Even gentle exposure to the elements changes the recommended options for your floor.

If the porch or sunroom is not climate controlled and/or can get wet, your choices are limited. It is considered an exterior space, and you need a floor that can handle the elements. We recommend outdoor carpet (installed or rugs), porcelain or stone tile, or composite decking. If your porch is enclosed with panels that you can remove, it also should be treated as an exterior space.

If your porch is glass enclosed and climate controlled, LVP/LVT and laminates are possibilities. The temperature and humidity extremes and amount of direct sunlight will determine if these floors are an option for you. A few luxury vinyl products are warranted in sunrooms.

Pros and Cons of Porch/Sunroom Flooring Choices

Outdoor Carpet /Rugs – inexpensive, cozy, warm in winter. Recommended for porches that are not climate controlled/protected from the elements. Will probably need to be replaced every 3 to 5 years. Cost $

Porcelain Tile / Stone – extremely durable and easy to clean. Numerous choices (color, size, texture). Will not expand, contract, or warp. Recommended for porches that are not climate controlled/protected from the elements. Feels warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer underfoot. Professional installation is expensive; an elevated porch may not be sturdy enough to support the weight of the tile and backerboard. Cost DIY $, professional install $$$

Vinyl Products LVP / LVT – numerous wood and tile visuals to choose from. Can fade in intense sunlight. Can melt (really) when exposed to high surface temperatures. Some styles are warranted for sunroom applications. If your porch is sloped or uneven, glue down products are recommended. Cost $$
Laminate – realistic wood looks, will not fade in direct sunlight. Does not tolerate humidity and temperature extremes (it’s composed primarily of wood derivatives). Cost $$
Hardwood Flooring – NOT recommended. Will fade in direct sunlight, does not tolerate humidity and temperature extremes. Cost $$ - $$$

Wood Decking / Composite Decking - Made for exterior applications. Composite deckin is an amalgam of ground-up wood and plastic formed into planks. It doesn’t ever need to be sealed, stained, or painted. Natural wood may need to be restained as often as every two years and resealed as frequently as once a year. (Enhance Floors & More does not sell or install decking). Cost $$$

PRO TIP: Always read the manufacturers installation instructions and warranty for any product you are considering for your covered porch or sunroom. 
You can also ask your Enhance Design Consultant -- we are here to help!

Natural surfaces are trending, in backsplashes, bathtubs, furniture, decorations, and accessories. Stoneware, marble, and terra-cotta are just some of the raw, porous, and imperfect natural elements you will be seeing everywhere. Using organic materials adds depth, soul, and warmth.

Wonderful World of Window Treatments

Outdoor shades may not be top of mind when it comes to choosing window treatments for your home, but they can really enhance your living areas, both outside and inside, and shouldn't be overlooked. If you like to spend time on your deck or in your sunroom, outdoor window treatments can block the sun from shining in your eyes and reduce glare on your phone or laptop, all while providing different levels of privacy. When installed just outside your windows, they help block harsh UV rays, keeping energy costs down and protecting your furnishings.

UV ProtectionEven on cloudy days, the sun can fade your indoor fabrics, flooring and artwork. It can also dry out your wood furnishings by breaking down sealants and stain or paint finishes. For spaces like patios, porches and sunrooms, solar shades that offer superior UV protection are an ideal choice. Designer Screen Shades are available in a wide array of sophisticated fabrics and colors and in various degrees of openness. Keep in mind that darker colors will block heat better than lighter colors, and higher openness levels will let in more light and optimize your views. Also, fabrics with tighter weaves can help protect your plants and other décor against wind and rain.

What are the Benefits of Outdoor Shades?When used alone or combined with indoor window treatments, outdoor shades can really enhance your living spaces. Here’s a recap of the top benefits outdoor shades offer:
Energy efficiency: When placed outside your windows, they add an extra barrier, keeping you comfortable and saving you energy all year long.
UV protection: By blocking harsh UV rays, outdoor shades help protect your valuable furnishings from the damaging effects of the sun.
Glare reduction: Enjoy spending time outside without an annoying glare in your eyes or on your phone, laptop or outdoor TV.
Light diffusion: With so many materials, fabrics, textures and opacities, outdoor shades offer numerous ways to beautifully filter light.
Maintaining indoor décor: Some inside spaces require sun management, but the right indoor window treatment could alter the décor. Outdoor shades provide all the protection you need while maintaining the look of the room inside.