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What’s best to use laminate or rubber flooring outdoors?

Tuesday 26th Jul 2022 |

One of the main questions you will get is “what’s the best flooring to use outdoors”. Now, laminate may seem popular, however, outdoor rubber flooring and matting is now very popular in the UK!

It’s no wonder. More and more people are starting to build there own outdoor gyms and using them for other recreational activities. Let’s find out more.

Can I Use laminate flooring outdoors?

Sadly, laminate flooring is not made to be used outside. While some “weather-resistant” laminates are available, most laminate flooring are only intended for usage indoors. Under varying weather conditions, the flooring would distort and quickly become destroyed, and it would not endure very long. Your project will likely be at your own risk and your warranty will likely be invalidated if you decide to install outdoors.

Laminate flooring can be used in areas like sunrooms that have a lot of exposure to the outdoors. Keep the heat on in that room during the winter and the air conditioning on during the summer to ensure that your space is not exposed to unexpected exterior temperatures. It will also assist the flooring expand and contract properly, allowing it to fluctuate with variations in moisture and temperature, if there is the appropriate expansion space around the perimeter of your room. Learn more about vinyl plank flooring if the area is likely to be exposed to moisture, such as next to a hot tub or pool.

Laminate flooring vs rubber matting

Potential flooring that can be used outside is rubber matting. Since rubber flooring completely resists moisture, it can be suitable for an outdoor project. The current weather conditions should still be considered. Consult your manufacturer to confirm that installing outdoor vinyl flooring won’t violate your warranty before moving further.

The production of laminate flooring keeps interior use in mind. Avoid the thought of laying laminate flooring outside for your own peace of mind. To enjoy the outdoors around your house for years to come, look for things created with outdoor use in mind.

 Benefits of rubber flooring outdoors

Rubber flooring is a great choice for outdoor spaces, especially if you want to protect the flooring from damage and wear. Rubber floors are also easy to clean and maintain, which makes them perfect for your outdoor space. Here are some of the benefits of rubber flooring outdoors:

  • Durable: Rubber floors can withstand harsh weather conditions and are resistant to water damage. They can withstand temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius (-40 degrees Fahrenheit) and as high as 80 degrees Celsius (176 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Easy to clean: Rubber floors are easy to clean with soap and water, so you don’t have to worry about getting them dirty when it rains or snows outside.
  • Easy to install: You can install rubber flooring in your backyard or patio quickly, since it does not require any special tools or expertise to install it properly on top of concrete surfaces that are flat enough for installation purposes.


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