What are the Different Types of Flooring Materials for a Porch?

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Choosing the right flooring materials for a porch can make all the difference to your extended living space.

When choosing porch materials, you must consider how you will use the space. For example, you can use green or brown-treated flooring materials if it is a covered porch that won’t be exposed to the elements. But, if your porch will see rain, heat, hail, and snow, it’s worth considering a sturdy flooring material such as a composite.

Regardless of your porch goals, it’s vital that you choose a professional exterior remodeling company to help you reach them. The right company will use quality products and installation methods and help you get the best value for your money.

Green and Brown Treated Flooring Materials for a Porch

Green-treated timber is treated but left in its natural color, while brown-treated timber is stained to imitate cedar. Green and brown-treated timber are common flooring materials for a porch because they are the most economical.

They offer few variations in style and only come in 1-inch by 6-inch deck boards. However, you can attach the panels with hidden fasteners to avoid seeing screws from the top.

The problem with green and brown-treated timber for a porch is that the boards have much movement once installed. The boards are treated with a preservative that dries out over time. As the boards dry, they shrink, which can lead to them splitting and cracking.

If you choose green or brown-treated timber for your porch floor, you will need to replace it every few years.

Cedar Porch Flooring

Cedar is a common porch flooring option, and it looks good but is a high-maintenance material. It is susceptible to fading, and you will need to stain or seal it every 2 to 3 years. Cedar is also a soft wood, making it more prone to scrapes and scratches.

Benefits of Cedar

  • It needs less maintenance than other types of wood
  • Naturally resistant to insects and rot
  • It handles moisture better than other wood flooring

Composite Flooring Materials for a Porch

Composite flooring materials for a porch contain a mix of ingredients. Most composite materials are mixed with PVC. Some also use a blend of recycled plastics with a sawdust mixture.

Composite materials can mimic wood without you having to deal with the constant maintenance that wood boards require. They also come in various styles, allowing you to create a porch space that compliments the style of your home.

Benefits of Composite

  • Low maintenance
  • Variety of colors
  • Doesn’t splinter
  • It lasts 10-25 years

Craftsman’s Choice Porch Products

At Craftsman’s Choice, we create beautiful porch spaces for customers using a product by Azek. It is a mixture of PVC and flax that we highly recommend for outdoor exterior remodeling projects.

It has a low expansion and contraction rate, which protects your porch and improves its lifespan. It is available in a wide variety of colors, so you can customize your extended living space and create something that works with your home style.

We have had excellent results with this composite product, which is easy to work with. It allows our clients to create a porch space they love without the maintenance issues that come with using wood. These low-maintenance and durable porch boards resist water damage, staining, scratches, and fading.

Get in Touch for a Free Porch Flooring Estimate

If you want to create a porch space or update your existing porch, we would love to help you find the best material possible. Your porch is an important part of your home and creates a dynamic space that the whole family can use during the warmer months.

To learn more about flooring materials for a porch, get in touch with our team.

Ben Juncker

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When Ben Juncker was sitting in his high school career planning class, siding installer was not on his list of potential career paths. As with most people in the construction industry, certain questionable life choices led to a point where they were wearing a tool belt, working with their hands. His path started just this way and he would not change a thing. Those early years in his business of scraping and clawing their way to profitability and stability, have helped him to build a culture of hard work and perseverance at Craftsman’s Choice. Ben started his company in 1998 and they installed their first James Hardie job in 2000. Since that time Craftsman’s Choice has become one of the nation’s top James Hardie Remodelers. They have won James Hardie’s prestigious President’s Club award every year since it’s inception in 2015.

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