PorchesResurface a porch or veranda
Looking for a quick way to improve the appearance of your front porch?
As the saying goes, “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression” and your front porch or veranda is generally the first thing visitors or friends notice when coming to your home.
Maybe you’re thinking it would be big job to install new porch flooring…. or very expensive. Not so. With just a modest amount of effort and an hour or so of your time, you can completely transform the entrance to your home. And you won’t even need to employ expensive contractors.
The solution. The simplest way is to install Architrex interlocking Ipe wood deck tiles or porcelain pavers on Fixed Height Rubber Pads right over the top of your existing veranda or porch flooring. No fuss no mess, no other fixing devices needed and most often it’s a job you can easily do yourself.
Although our 3/4″ thick exterior porcelain pavers are not interlocking, you can quickly lay these effectively as a ‘floating floor’ supported by rubber pads with inbuilt spacer tabs under each corner of the paver. With porcelain pavers you can get a much wider choice of styles and colors including wood look, stone look, cement look, rustic and modern urban styles. Admittedly they take more effort to install if you need to cut the pavers, but the trade off is they don’t fade, stain, or need oiling and regular maintenance. Also at the outer edge of your veranda or porch, you need to construct a retaining barrier or other edge finishing system such as an ‘L’ shaped aluminum profile to ensure a neat finish and avoid any movement of the pavers. But the finished result is sure to impress.
If you prefer the look and feel of natural wood, apart from the ‘standard’ four slat 12” x 12” Colorado or 12” x 24” Double-C style tiles, you can create your own unique designs by using the patterned Sierra tile. For example, you could run a border around your porch with Sierra tiles or use them to make a feature panel near the doorway.
For a neat finish around the edge of your porch flooring, edging pieces are available which simply clip on the outer edge of the tiles.
If your porch or veranda has a step down to ground level and you also want to cover the vertical surface, it’s possible to achieve this with SwiftDeck wood or ResiDeck simulated wood deck tiles, but it helps to have some carpentry skills. Our article about installing tiles on stairs gives a brief overview of how this can be achieved, but you can always contact us for further information or help.
And if your porch has wood flooring rather concrete, that’s no problem at all. Simply lay the tiles directly over the top of the existing wood deck and click the tiles into place.
For further information on covering a porch or veranda floor with interlocking deck tiles or porcelain pavers, just give us a call on 866 206 8316 or send us an e-mail.