Terrace floor

Creating the perfect terrace starts with choosing the right flooring. Whether your style is natural, modern, elegant or atypical, the type of flooring you select can totally transform the ambience of your outdoor space. Here's a detailed guide to help you choose the best flooring for your terrace, with a focus on the most popular materials and advice on how to care for them.

Why soil selection is crucial

The terrace is often seen as an extension of the home's living space. It can serve as a place to relax, an area for alfresco dining, or simply a spot of natural beauty. The choice of flooring is therefore crucial not only to the aesthetics but also to the functionality and durability of your terrace.

Terrace flooring options

Wood: warmth and character

Wood remains one of the most popular options for decking. Appreciated for its timeless look and ability to make any outdoor space warmer and more welcoming, wood is available in many varieties:

  • Hardwood : Like teak, iroko or cumaru, naturally resistant to weather and insects.
  • Treated wood Often pine or fir that has been treated to resist rot and fungus.

Wood requires regular maintenance, including cleaning and periodic application of specific products to protect the wood and maintain its lustre.

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Stone: Natural Elegance

Stone is a highly durable cladding choice, available in a wide range of textures and colors. The most common types include :

  • Natural stone Granite, limestone or slate, each offering a unique palette of natural colors and a distinct pattern.
  • Reconstituted stone Made from concrete mixed with natural aggregates, it imitates the look of natural stone, often at a lower cost.

Stone is particularly appreciated in hot climates for its ability to stay cool underfoot, even under the scorching sun.

Concrete: modern and robust

Concrete is an increasingly popular choice because of its strength and versatility. It can be finished in a variety of ways to suit different aesthetic styles:

  • Waxed concrete : Offers a smooth surface and can be tinted in a wide range of colors.
  • Printed concrete Simulates the appearance of other materials such as stone, cobblestone or even wood.

Concrete is extremely durable and low-maintenance, making it an economical option for many homeowners.

Les Pavés : Rustic charm

Pavers are favored for their traditional charm and durability. They can be made from a variety of materials such as :

  • Brick Warm, traditional color.
  • Natural stone For a more rustic, rugged look.
  • Concrete : Offers enhanced durability and ease of customization.

Pavers require regular maintenance to prevent the build-up of moss and debris between joints, but their charm is unrivalled for a country-house aesthetic.

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Care and Durability

Maintain your terrace in excellent condition prolongs its life and optimizes its use. Here are some general maintenance tips:

  • For wood Clean regularly with a stiff broom and water. Avoid high-pressure cleaners, which can damage the wood. Treat annually with specific oils or varnishes to resist humidity and UV rays.
  • For stone and pavers Cleaning with a karcher may be appropriate, but should be carried out with care to avoid eroding softer materials such as limestone. Stains can often be removed with a stiff bristle brush and vinegar.
  • For concrete Stain removal: Generally, a simple rinse with water is all that's required. For stubborn stains, cleaning with a specific concrete cleaner may be necessary.





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