30 October 2008

Which floor you select really set the tone for the whole outdoor kitchen design.
Different materials and different colors set the background for moods. Always remember to consider style, durability, and the pleasure that makes the kitchen comfortable. Here are some factors to consider when selecting the right flooring material for your outdoor kitchen :

SAFETY
  • Avoid glazed or porous tiles and stone since they can be slippery when wet, especially if you have children or elder people in house.
  • Better if you choose this materials: concrete, brick or natural stone.
  • Ceramic tile is also a popular choice that offers a variety of colors and finishes choose from and slip resistance.
BUDGET
Cost influenced by quality, type of material, affordability, durability and difficulty of installation! Because of its affordability and durability, concrete is still far and away the most popular outdoor flooring option. Stamping, coloring or a rock-salt finish are increasingly popular ways of improving the appearance of concrete to meet today's design trends.

The most popular outdoor flooring option presently is concrete because of it's affordability and durability and suitable for you who have medium budget. Concrete can be expertly colored and stained to mimic real stone. You can mix bar-tile trim stamps with cobblestone or Ashlar Cut patterns."

Cal-Ga-Crete of Rancho Dominguez, wet casts into molds that resemble hundreds of varieties of tile pavers. Cal-Ga-Crete's surface styles include variations of traditional mission and chateau pavers and replications of some surprisingly authentic looking antique pavers. Its color pallet includes saturated, rich colors that can be quite effective in creating Spanish, Mexican, Italian or French rustic styles, or a Pacific or Caribbean island effect.

To add a trendy look you could choose stamping, coloring or a rock-salt finish. For higher budgets try considering authentic flagstone which are available in a variety of colors and textures.

STYLE
When you've already used stone or brick in other outdoor rooms or landscaping, it's also important to choose an outdoor kitchen floor that either matches or complements the style of those features.
Here are some of Cohen's favorite style-flooring material match-ups :

Contemporary. Try slate or cast-concrete tiles designed to be outdoors, such as Cal-Ga-Crete or clean, washed concrete in integral colors. Slate is an extremely durable natural stone product, and comes in many colors, textures, shapes and sizes and is also stain-resistant.
Tuscan style. Tuscan style are inspired by the elements of nature. The look of Tuscan style decorating is rustic, warm, and inviting. Nothing should look shiny and new. Tumbled Pavers, unhoned travertine, deep-washed exposed aggregate or stone-texture stamped concrete. English/Traditional. English/Traditional style make use of Brick or darker flagstones, washed concrete or stamped cobblestone concrete. Tropical. Flagstone or faux rock texture-stamped concrete.Old World. Repurposed brick, exposed aggregate, Windsor Cobblestone texture stamps, fleur-de-lis and grape vine borders.

PLACEMENT AND MAINTENANCE
There's also a knack to placing the flooring.
  • Using stamps such as vintage grape vine detail or fleur-de-lis patterns to create a frame around the outdoor kitchen space.
  • Take a couple of practical steps to make sure your outdoor floor lasts for a long time.
  • Be careful to select a stamp pattern that's not too deep to drain or to allow you to set outdoor furniture level on top of it.
  • Apply a good-quality penetrating sealer around any floor that's in the cooking or dining areas to protect your flooring from oil and wine spills.

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