Inexpensive outdoor flooring ideas
Stunning outdoor flooring doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. There are so many budget-friendly options out there waiting for you.
A patio should be a place to escape from the stresses of everyday life, so it’s important that it looks as good as it can make you feel when you’re sat outside enjoying your morning coffee.
So if you’re looking to transform your garden from a mundane space into a little slice of paradise, read on for some of our best and cheapest patio flooring ideas.
Terracotta tiles are timeless, especially if you’re looking to create a slice of the Mediterranean in your back garden. Not only do they look classic, but they’re also built to last and are slightly cheaper than their ceramic counterparts.
The natural earthy tones of terracotta provides the perfect backdrop to complement any plants you have in your garden, creating a contrast between the warm oranges and cool greens.
Added to this, you can get matching accessories such as terracotta pots to tie it all together.
If tiling isn’t your thing, we’d recommend getting a professional in – it may cost more upfront than doing it yourself, but hey, it’s better to pay once than to pay twice to have your mistakes corrected!
If terracotta tiles seem like the right choice for your patio, but you don’t want to spend the time and money in tiling it, we have a simple alternative.
Stamped concrete can give you the same look but in less time and for less money.
Whilst you might assume that a concrete surface would look ugly, the truth is, once coloured and stamped, it can look indistinguishable from real terracotta tiles. And, it can last for years.
This makes it one of the best cheap patio flooring options available.
Textured stamped concrete patio flooring
The best part about stamped concrete is that you can get different patterns, textures, and colours for your outdoor space without having to buy different materials or hiring different specialists.
You’ll just need to get concrete surfacing specialists.
They’ll give you as many different looks as you want, simply with a different blend of colours and stamping stencils. So if you’re feeling creative and want to create an arty feel to your garden, this is a great cheap patio flooring option.
Artificial grass flooring
Do you like the idea of a lawn but can’t be bothered with the expensive upkeep? Or, do you live in a flat where you can’t have a lawn, as much as you’d want one?
One outdoor flooring option over boring concrete is to install artificial grass.
It’s easy and not very expensive to install, and create the illusion of a lush, neatly mowed lawn, without the need to do anything!
Use our request a quote feature to get quotes from tradespeople your neighbours have used.
Artificial grass and stone paving blocks
So, we’ve already discussed how artificial grass can be a cheap outdoor flooring option. But, what if you don’t want the little outdoor space that you do have to be completely green?
Well, we have a solution for that as well.
Combine artificial grass with paving stones to create a blend of textures and break up the areas. This will give the illusion of a bigger area. What’s more, you can get hold of stones and pebbles for a very good price!
You could even create borders using rocks for a stunning blend of colours and patterns to create an inexpensive and interesting outdoor flooring idea.
Paving stones, paving slabs and green growth
Here’s an inexpensive outdoor flooring idea, especially if you don’t want to spend money on preparing the ground for pouring concrete or laying tiles.
Paving stones and blocks laid out in the soil look can create a rustic country garden vibe whilst providing a stable ground to walk on (provided it’s levelled).
You can plant grass between the gaps to create a little bit of green poking through.
Alternatively, you could fill the spaces with low-growing herbs. Not only will they hold the soil with their roots, but you’ll also get their fragrance when you walk over them.
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