*We are partnering with Lowe’s for our exterior makeover. All opinions and ideas are 100% mine.
Cy has been busy building and framing out our new front porch, so I need to make a decision on what type of flooring I want!
There as so many options to choose from, but I wanted to share some of my favorite with you today! I would love to hear your thoughts on which option is your favorite!
Since our porch is going to be covered, this allows more options in flooring choices because it will be protected from the elements to a certain extent by the roof.
Here are my four possible options for our porch decking:
1. Wood Decking (composite and real)
One of the most versatile porch flooring options is wood. It can give your porch a warm, homey feeling, or even possibly a more polished, modern look. Wood flooring never goes out of style.
With wood decking, you can choose to paint, stain, or leave it natural and seal it. For our Kentucky home, we went with painting our porch a beautiful gray color, and I loved it!
Be sure to use pressure treated wood for outdoors.
You just can’t beat the look of real wood. It is gorgeous and timeless through and through. It also does not retain heat which is a bonus for the feet! (Hey! That rhymes!)
But of course, wood flooring requires some year to year maintenance, so you have to factor that into the long term cost of wood decking.
For home owners that want the look of wood but with less maintenance, then composite wood decking might be a good choice. Composite wood has come a loooong way and looks a lot more realistic than it used to. It requires almost no maintenance and is fire resistant.
Here is one of my favorite composite wood options from Lowe’s (that has really good reviews!)…
Another gorgeous option is floor tiles. Actually, there are some porcelain exterior tiles that are even more durable than natural stone. And did you know you can even get tile that looks like real wood?
Porcelain exterior tiles can be a very affordable option with an upscale look. They are easy to maintain and easy to clean. One negative to consider is that they may not stand up to the elements as well, especially the cold. They can also sometimes be a slipping hazard if they are smooth, so keep that in mind.
What I love about tile is all of the beautiful options! There are so many different types of patterns, colors, and styles to choose from, which makes it easy for your personality to show through and gives you the option to create a “wow” moment right when your visitors arrive!
Here are clickable links to some of my personal favs from Lowe’s…
Brick is one of my favorite options for front porch decking. It is classic, elegant, and timeless.
There are many different options for color and patterns which allows you to create a one of a kind look for your front porch.
One of the pros of brick is that it is extremely durable. It holds up extremely well over time. It can be somewhat pricey, but if you consider that it is almost indestructible, it is worth the investment. To save money, you can choose brick pavers or veneers which are thinner and less expensive. This is an option I am considering.
Brick is also low maintenance, slip resistant, and environmentally conscious.
A few cons to think of when considering a brick flooring for your porch is that it is naturally porous and can retain water if not sealed properly. It also creates a hard, uneven surface and can be difficult to remove and replace.
Check out these clickable options…
Concrete is a very common porch flooring choice. It is extremely durable, easy to maintain, and will probably last the life of your home. You can also add some character to your concrete porch by staining, painting, or stamping it, (although these options may not last as long as plain concrete.)
Concrete is a super cheap option, and is a great choice if you are trying to update your porch on a budget.
Those are just four options for front porch decking.
Of these, which one is your favorite?
I have one that I am leaning toward, and I will be sharing our final decision with you soon!