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What are the best indoor/outdoor flooring options? “If possible, I would always use the same type of flooring from inside to outside,” Stephen says. “For example, internal stone tiling can ‘become’ external stone tiling (ideally with joints aligning). Polished concrete inside and out is another option.” “For visual continuity, stone tiling is best,” Chris says, “with a flush threshold detail at the bottom of the sliding or bifold doors. You’ll need to choose a stone that’s suitable for outdoor use, such as granite or slate, and be aware that the stone tiles externally need to have a minimum thickness of 30mm. You can, of course, use thinner tiles of the same material internally.” The external paving should be laid to fall away from the house, he says, so the slot drain at the threshold of the sliding or bifold doors is only taking the rainwater running off the doors.
Porcelain may be the best option if you’re looking for an absolute match,” Peter advises, “because you can use exactly the same slab in both settings. Natural stone can be difficult to match because of the difference in surface finishes required for the two settings.” Bear in mind, he adds, that any outside surface will get dirty and age in a different manner to an inside one. “Porcelain is likely to perform better for those reasons,” he says. “Having a timber floor internally and decking externally in the same timber doesn’t really work if you’re trying to achieve a continuous appearance,” Chris says. “The timber externally always weathers to a different colour from the internal flooring.