Patio floor covering ideas

Updated February 21, 2017

Create a decorative and durable outdoor patio space with floor coverings made from natural materials. Design options include natural stones that create distinctive spaces, manufactured materials that can be easier to plan and install as well as portable products that you can take with you if you move.


Tile options for patio floor covering include products made from natural stone, such as slate, travertine and pebbles and easy-to-install tiles that are conveniently transportable. Slate and tumbled travertine tiles work well on a patio floor as the tiles are uneven, which can provide a bit of traction when wet. Pebble tiles are made from small stones attached to a mesh backing. A pebble tile patio floor can resemble a river bed on your patio floor. Snapping patio tiles are designed with a plastic base with elevates the tile material so that water can drain away. Built-in connection points on each tile make installation or removal a snap.

Natural stone

Tile your patio with natural flagstones or slate stones for a distinctive floor. The colour variations found in natural stone offer a wide selection for your patio. Natural stones vary in size and thickness which can make installation a challenge. Arranging a natural stone floor is similar to working a puzzle; install natural stones on a bed of concrete or polymeric sand.


Cobblestone and other manufactured pavers can create a decorative patio floor that weathers well. Manufactured pavers have uniform sizes and shapes which takes the guesswork out of the floor design arrangement. Select cobblestone pavers for an old world style, or brick pavers for a more traditional approach. Lay pavers on a bed of mortar or arrange them in polymeric sand, similar to natural stones.

Stained concrete

One of the most budget-friendly options for your patio is a stained concrete floor. Whether you are pouring a new floor or updating an existing concrete patio, staining can be a simple and inexpensive solution. New concrete floors should be cured for at least 30 days, prior to staining. Make sure to remove any grease or sealants from old concrete floors with cleaning and stripping agents before you add a fresh coat of stain. Acrylic concrete stains are available in a variety of colours to suit any outdoor decor.

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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.