Are you tired of how your deck floor looks? Perhaps you want to transform it into something new. The good news is, there are plenty of ways to cover your composite decking floor. Here are some of the things that you can try to make your patio look as good as new.
- Decking Tiles – A beautiful deck is always the best choice for patio flooring. But what if your deck is old? One of the things that you can try to use is decking tiles. Decking tiles are easy to install, as most of them have interlocking mechanisms. You only need to make sure that the deck or concrete floor is stable and level. For decking tiles, you can choose from different materials, as with decking boards. Wood is the cheapest option, but like wood decking, can be high-maintenance and short-lived. PVC is also an option, but they won’t look good as wood. Lastly, there are also composite decking tiles. Like composite decking boards, they’re durable, long-lasting, and low-maintenance. They’re the best options despite their higher initial cost. Aside from these, you can find other various materials of tiling that you may want to check out.
- Carpets and Rugs – Whether your deck needs covering or not, you can always rely on carpets and rugs. They are easy to install and remove. You can also find various colours and designs that you can match with your patio’s design. It’s an easy solution if you want to transform a lifeless deck. However, there are a few things you’ll need to understand. Some types of carpets that can damage your deck floor. For instance, rubber or vinyl backing rugs and carpets can scratch your deck, especially if you don’t clean them. They can also cause stains due to moulds and mildew. For decking, whether wood, plastic, or composite decking, you can use carpets and rugs with soft backing. You’ll also avoid anything with metallic accents that can graze the deck.
- Decking Membranes – To cover old and new decks alike, many use decking membranes, usually made up of vinyl. It’s a thin, water-proof, and durable sheet of PVC that builders use to cover large areas of decking. Some also use them to water-proof roofs. With it, you can practically transform any kind of surface into PVC decking. However, much like PVC decking, there are some disadvantages you may want to consider. For instance, PVC doesn’t look as natural as wood. Most plastic materials for flooring are also slippery, especially when wet. Naturally, not all vinyl membranes are equal. You may find better ones in terms of quality. But overall, vinyl membranes can be a good option.
- Fake Grass – If you love nature, why not try covering your deck with grass. How? By using faux grass tiles. They’re perfect for people who love the feeling of grass under their feet. These tiles look and feel like real grass. Like decking tiles, you can also install and remove them easily, with most of them having interlocking connections. And because you can remove them easily, they’re quite easy to maintain and clean. Aside from tiles, you can also use fake grass rolls, but they can be harder to clean and maintain. They may be more expensive than other options, but they’re a good choice for people who love grass.
Consider an Upgrade
Covering an old deck can only do so much. There may be times that you will need to consider upgrading your decking into a new one. It may take more of your time and money, but it’s a more permanent solution than the ones mentioned above.
If you do plan to upgrade your deck, you’ll want to choose the best you can afford. For this, composite decking is one, if not the, best option that you could choose. Despite being more expensive than other decking types, it has superior durability against outside elements. And unlike PVC, they look as natural as wood. And the best thing is, it can last for a few decades, provided that you maintain it properly.
There are many ways to cover an old deck, such as using decking tiles, carpets, rugs, and vinyl membranes. However, if you had your deck for a long time or can’t be covered with any of these, it’s best to consider a replacement.