Hardwood Flooring: not Merely for Indoors any Longer
A growing number of people in the UK are becoming aware of the possibility of extending their hardwood flooring options outdoors in the form of wood decking. This is an excellent way to create an outdoor space that has the comfort and ambiance of your interior spaces. In addition, it creates a way to integrate the outdoor environment more with the inside of your home, which has become a popular trend reflecting increased public awareness of environmental issues.
Instead of living in a home that clearly separates them from the natural world outside, more people want to live in an environment that they can regard as an indoor extension of that natural world. A continuous hardwood floor that flows naturally from the living room out onto a porch area, separated only by the hardware needed for a sliding glass door, is an ideal way to create this indoor/outdoor integration.
Hardwood floors used in the great outdoors will be subject to the forces of nature including rain that can cause damage if the wood is not properly sealed against moisture. While indoor hardwood floors need floorboard sanding on a periodic basis, similar floors installed outdoors may well need more frequent floor sanding services.
The investment in proper maintenance, however, is well worth the effort and expense. Beautiful wood decking outdoors can make a home seem larger and draw people outside more frequently during the summer months to enjoy the warmer weather and the beautiful plants flowering in the garden.