Many floorings are generally used for terraces. But the significant ones are here.
Easy to maintain and available in an abundance of variety, tiles are one of the most sought-after options for flooring on terraces. They are unsusceptible to the weather and clean easily. It may be sun, rain, or mist; tiles will go a long way. Another advantage of this versatile option is the play on colors, design, and texture.
Tiles can bring out different personalities in the space and are one of the easiest ways to customize your terrace with a color palette. Introduce the Mediterranean vibe or bright geometric designs with the play of tiles in the space and change it to suit your style.
Different tiles made of porcelain, natural stone, cement, or terracotta have a special character that uplifts a terrace floor in its charm.
Creating a natural rustic ambiance in its raw-like state or carved out beautifully with more exotic options, stones are known to stand the test of time and weather all conditions in the outdoors.
Therefore, being a favorite among those who work towards transforming your space. Natural flat stone in light shades brings a rustic charm to the area. Suitable for every weather condition, it also blends well with outdoor furniture, bright and dark.
Marble tiles, slabs, and blocks can have various finishes and make for a rich, long-lasting choice for outdoor spaces like a patio, sidewalk, or terrace.
A slate flooring is naturally gray and blends with the space's neutral tones. This stone option is non-porous and naturally resistant to water, fire, stains, and slips. Easy to maintain and clean, it fits perfectly as a terrace flooring option. Other exotic and man-made stones are created to suit the settings of your space, fit perfectly and bring personality to your terrace.
For those taking the rustic route, there is no other option than earthy gravel for terrace flooring. It fits well in a terrace garden with a light furniture setting but requires proper drainage to reduce damage while cleaning or during monsoon.
In addition, this flooring can be carved out in beautiful shapes and styles to make the flooring look beautiful. With multiple finishes and accompanied stones, gravel floors make for a charming option in terrace flooring.
A very popular material while creating indoor or outdoor spaces, wood in its various shapes, colors, and textures makes for a warm and classy outdoor flooring option. While its beauty is undeniable, this flooring option requires proper treatment with oils and waxes to protect it from the harsh sun and monsoon.
Terraces can be created in a stylish look using textured wooden slabs or compact wooden tiles. The final look is warm, lounge-like, and pleasing to the eyes. That blends seamlessly in every setup and can be uplifted further by the addition of color through furniture, furnishings, and lighting.
For thoseClay is the perfect option for those who love their terrace settings closer to their roots. It has an earthy orange-brown color unique to its character that brings depth to the flooring of your terrace. Modern-day clay flooring comes in various carvings and designs to suit the style of those choosing it. Native to Indian vibes, it is unique in its look. In addition, the maintenance of this flooring is easy. It weathers the tropical conditions and has long durability.
Concrete has a rough, rustic, and industry-like finish to it. It is very durable as a terrace floor and weathers using harsh sun and rain conditions. Its maintenance incorporates regular cleaning. Nevertheless, those who aren't fans of the raw finishing it has but require this durability can get more lucrative finishes to concrete flooring.
Majority of furniture options pair well with this flooring on terraces. It can complement delicate wooden chairs and planters to complete the deck's look.
"The biggest worry in Indian micro-communities, housing societies, and large families with the ambition and will to develop their terraces is maintaining them. Those with similar concerns should avoid natural or artificial turfs.
Using natural stone or clay flooring after fixing structural and leakage issues can help create a great ambiance to flow with indigenous, potted plants. In addition, they should ensure that the entry to the terrace and all frequented pathways have anti-slip flooring.
Floors in sit-out areas could be made with engineered wood planks, which are low maintenance and go great with any stone or greens. The use of pebbles, gravel, and loose stones can help one give the feeling of the space being organic, light & soft.
To keep the ambiance light & cozy, it's best to have some light fixtures strategically placed at lower levels to blanket certain flooring types or upplight planters," says Ankit Savla, partner at ASA – Architecture & Interior Design.