Laying attractive flooring will bring your veranda to life. Choosing from so many options can be a daunting task. You want to find a material that is hard-wearing and weather proof; one that fits with your garden and flows with the inside of your home.
At The Glass Veranda Company, we offer an all-inclusive design service and can advise you of the best type of floor for your veranda. The general rule is to keep the design simple, as a basis for furniture and plants. A few unique flourishes will allow you to blend your new outside room with the rest of your garden. Whether natural or man-made, we take a look at the best choices available.
This is a beautiful and hard-wearing choice. It is expensive but will last a life time and comes in a variety of natural forms and hues. Choose from larger flagstones, paving stones or smaller cobbles to achieve the desired effect. An alternative is to opt for reconstituted stone which costs less. This cheaper version may not age as well and can lack the subtle tones of natural stone, but is more economical.
Concrete, clay & brick
If you are working to a limited budget, concrete is a simple, durable and cost effective option. It might sound like a dull choice but the finished effect doesn’t have to be boring. Add texture with a layer of gravel or by etching and stamping individual patterns into the surface. Alternatively, you can buy clay or concrete pavers in a variety of sizes and shapes to achieve the pattern of your choice. For a warm, hard wearing finish, real brick can be laid in many different designs – running bond, herringbone, or basket weave. For a more affordable option, some pavers are manufactured to mimic a brick finish at a fraction of the cost.
A lovely way to creating the feeling of an “outside inside” space is by continuing the same style of tiles from inside your home, out under your veranda. This may seem an expensive option but the effect is stunning and is very low maintenance. Thick, fully vitrified porcelain tiles are very strong, long lasting and frost-proof. Ceramic indoor tiles are not suitable for external use as they are not fired to the same extreme as porcelain ones.
This is a perfect option if your veranda looks out onto a sloping garden. A wooden floor is easily extended out beyond the roof to create different levels for interest or the appearance of your veranda floating on air. You can choose natural wood; although this is not as long lasting as concrete or stone. The wood will need regular maintenance to protect it and keep it looking good.
If the prospect of staining and treating real wood seems too much, there are many wood-free versions, such as millboard, or other composite products like Trex® which are easier to maintain. As high-quality alternatives, they do not warp, fade or rot over time. Manufactured to be weather-proof, they offer a more durable beauty for your veranda base.
Help is at hand
Whichever flooring you choose, consider the details for a harmonious design. You can select a combination of materials for impact. Porcelain tiles laid in the centre of natural stone will create a focal point. At The Glass Veranda Company, we are always happy provide inspiration.
For more information about glass verandas, contact us here or call for free on 0800 009 6251.