Why You Shouldn’t Use Vinyl Outdoors
If vinyl is installed on a patio or by the pool, it will need to be removed during the winter months in order to protect it from cracking and other damage caused by frigid temperatures. Vinyl can become brittle in below-zero weather conditions.
Although vinyl is waterproof and will resist moisture, vinyl flooring can still be cracked by extremely cold weather.
Vinyl is also not tolerant to changes in heat and humidity, and can (like laminate) expand and contract. This results in vinyl tiles lifting and buckling.
Sunrooms and Enclosed Patios
If you decide to install vinyl in your enclosed porch or sunroom, vinyl can be a great option. These areas typically do not see extreme heat or cold, so the vinyl will hold up just fine during the seasons.
What Should You Use Instead of Vinyl?
There are a number of alternative options when considering outdoor flooring. These include:
Traditional Wood Decking
Wood is probably the first choice when considering outdoor flooring. It’s beautiful and long-lasting.
Tiling is another stylish option that will last a lifetime. Granite tiles are incredibly hardwearing but they’re also expensive and often require professional installation.
Composite Wood Decking
With all the benefits of traditional wood, people often forget about composite wood. It is good because it does not need as much maintenance as real wood and it does not rot.
Some people might say that concrete isn’t a flooring option. But many people choose to use it because it is easy to clean and will last for a long time. You can either stain the concrete or leave it natural.
Bricks are a durable choice for outdoor flooring. They can be in different colors and patterns. Brick is expensive but will last forever when installed by professionals. Brick is elegant and classic, adding character to your home.
More and more people are using artificial grass as their outside flooring. Artificial grass is made to look like natural grass. You can walk by it and not know if it’s real or fake. It is easy to maintain!
So Can I Use Vinyl Flooring Outdoors?
Vinyl flooring is popular due to its affordability and easy installation, but it is not the best option for outdoor use. If you are looking for affordable options that will stand up to all weather conditions without buckling or becoming damaged by sunlight, there are many other materials available like wood effect outdoor tiles or concrete that would work much better outside in a garden space.