Outdoor Kitchen Flooring Ideas

Sep 11th

If you’re not installing an outdoor kitchen over an existing patio you’ll need to plan for paving underfoot. Like your indoor kitchen’s floor, this one will take a lot of abuse, foot traffic, dropped pots and food splatters. Plus sun, rain, wind and possibly snow or ice. So toughness is as important as are great looks. Here’s what to consider when evaluating the most outdoor kitchen flooring ideas.

outdoor kitchen floor idea with dark color
outdoor kitchen floor idea with dark color

Stone – Natural stone paving can give your kitchen a look that’s at once elegant and natural. If you choose stone that occurs elsewhere in your landscaping, you’ll create an integrated effect as well. But stone can absorb oily stains, and it’s expensive. Your best budget bets are sandstone, limestone, slate and marble. Don’t assume that your local home center will have the best prices on stone. Check with stone yards. The price is around $25 per square foot.

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Concrete – It’s one of the best outdoor kitchen flooring ideas which is durable and versatile. Concrete can be colored, imprinted and finished for a wide range of looks, including that of natural stone. If you live in a cold climate, consider a formula with a base additive that will help the concrete withstand the freeze-thaw cycle without cracking. The price is $8-$10 per square foot ($15-$25 for concrete pavers).

Tile – Affordable and available in many different styles, tile can be an attractive choice for an outdoor kitchen floor. Choose between ceramic and porcelain tile, and pick frost-proof, unglazed product, and have your installer coat it with a penetrating sealer. If you want porcelain, a “full body” tile is the best choice, since the color runs all the way through the tile, so chips and scratches show less. Tile must be installed on a flat surface or it’s prone to rocking and cracking. In cold climates, the freeze-thaw cycle can damage grout and tiles unless your installer has taken particular care. You can get the tiles around $10-$30 per square foot.

The key in choosing outdoor kitchen flooring ideas is by finding flooring type to accent other materials already used on site or indoors. Use of a similar flooring material that is complementary, but different than everywhere else on the property will help to better define the “outdoor room” feel of the barbeque area. You can also use of steps to create height variations also enhances the separate room feel.

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