Floors at Terraces

We all have a favorite space in our homes. A place where we feel comfortable and where we can enjoy a moment of peace and relaxation. For many, this place is the terrace. The terraces are characterized by being open spaces that can be roofed or not, in this place, endless activities can be done; such as meeting together, eating, resting, hanging around with family and friends, etc.

Nowadays, we have a range of options when it comes to covering these spaces, from ceramic tile to wood and natural stone. The natural wood floor, also known as deck, is a trend that has been growing over the years. Innovation in products to treat this material making it more durable and weatherproof, has led many to lose the fear of placing it in outdoor areas. It is recommended to choose a hardwood such as sapodilla, teak or cumaru.

Natural wood floor, deck

“When we design and build a terrace, one of the most important aspects to consider is the choice of the floor.”

An alternative to the use of traditional wood is the “Wood Plastic Composite” (WPC) that combines elements such as pine and bamboo with materials resulting from recycling plastic bottles and bags, so it is a product considered as ecological. It is very low maintenance and it does not require the use of oils or varnishes. It also prevents us from worrying about the possible presence of termites and insects.

Wood Plastic Composite
Photography: Arq. María del Mar Canto

With an infinite number of colors, designs and shades, marble floors are an option that provides warmth and elegance to the space. Whether in large format or in smaller pieces and sometimes even irregular, the strength of the material makes them extremely durable and the maintenance they require is minimal. The aged or rustic finish is the most recommended for outdoor floors, especially when they are exposed to rain or near a pool and you want to avoid people from slippering.

Terrace with a marble floor
Photography: Arq. María del Mar Canto

If we were looking for a more rustic look, natural stone floors will be our perfect allies. The conchuela shell stone, the sheet stone and the volcanic stone are varieties suitable for these type of spaces. With these, we can choose the type of finish, whether natural, rustic or smooth, and cut according to our needs. For non-roofed spaces, the conchuela shell stone or the volcanic stone in light tones will be the best option, since they absorb less heat. The natural veneer stone can be used on edges or to delimit. With so many options, we must not forget that the most important thing is to keep in mind that the material we choose must be weather resistant, go according to the design and style of the house, and enhance the versatility and usefulness of the space.

Grey marble floor
Photography: Alejandra Evia
Deck
Photography: Alejandra Evia
Beige marble floor
Photography: Alejandra Evia

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