The balcony is the area of the home that’s undoubtedly the most difficult to keep clean. Exposed to the elements, as well as the constant dirt and grime associated with a large metropolis such as Singapore (not to mention the Singapore humidity), most of the time cleaning feels like an exercise in futility. However, there are a few tips and tricks that can make your life easier, as well as keep your outdoor space looking its best.
A drab balcony floor detracts from the soothing nature of your outdoor oasis, leaving you less inclined to use this space for relaxing and taking in the view. Many traditional indoor floors covering materials can be used outdoors to breathe new life into your balcony. These materials are specially designed to withstand the elements and improve the aesthetic appeal of balconies and other outside spaces.
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Ways to Cover Up Ugly Apartment Balcony Floors
Many apartment gardeners hate their outdoor floors. Fortunately, there are several options for balcony container gardening when it comes to spicing up the floors of their flower gardens and vegetable gardens.
Decking squares that latch together are probably the best option for apartment balcony gardeners. These decking squares can be placed on any sized apartment balcony. Purchase a set and latch them together according to instructions to cover as much floor space as you’d like. The decking is raised off the balcony floor slightly, which will preserve the integrity of the material below it (that will make your landlord happy!). The decking squares will also make the balcony feel more like a cozy, homey deck than a sterile apartment balcony.
You may think that fake grass would look odd on a balcony, but fake (or real) grass can be popular, especially with dog owners. Make sure that the grass is up off the ground. Never let your dog urinate on a patch of grass, not above a dog “potty patch,” “porch potty” or something created specifically for pet dogs to eliminate on. You don’t want water, urine or other waste leaking through to your balcony floor.
Fake grass dog potty patches are easy to clean, and some even clean themselves by rinsing themselves with water that then drains off the side of the balcony. These potty patch systems provide an attractive solution for apartment residents. The potty patch will allow you to let your dog out without having to take him or her for a walk every time. It will also help you train your dog to use only grassy areas for elimination. For those of you without dogs, if you choose to put down grass, make sure the material is not directly on the balcony floor. If the balcony gets wet, it will compromise the floor material, whether it is concrete or something else. When any material stays wet on the apartment balcony floor for long periods of time, it will invite pest insects, moulds and smells. Install grass correctly, so you don’t have a headache later on.
If your apartment management allows you to paint the balcony floor surface, you may want a bright, bold colour, or you can get paints that imitate the look of stone or other natural materials.
If you do decide to paint, make sure the paint is appropriate for outdoor floor areas and for the material you’re painting on. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and be careful not to inhale toxic paint fumes.
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Outdoor rugs can be expensive, and, unfortunately, they can compromise the floor of your apartment balcony. If the balcony floor stays wet for any period of time, it can damage the floor (this is also why you should keep plant containers off the floor). If your floor is concrete, it may crack if it stays wet during periods of temperature fluctuation (freezing and warmer temperatures). Never glue a carpet to the floor. You may get in trouble with your apartment management for damaging the floor (you do want your deposit back, don’t you?). Outdoor rugs can be appropriate on apartment balconies with awnings. These rugs shouldn’t get wet with rain or snow. Just make sure you don’t spill too much water on them while watering any container plants you may have in your balcony garden (and don’t put plant containers on top of your expensive rug!).
Tips for Choosing The Right Outdoor Flooring for Condo Balconies
When you’re ready to turn your attention to your condo balcony, there can be a lot to consider as you plan your personalized beautification. Even if your space isn’t big, it can be transformed into a wonderful outdoor oasis. Here are the five things we suggest you consider as you get started in choosing to floor for condo balconies.
Rules, Rules, Rules
Even if you own your condo, chances are you do not own the balcony. It’s the condo corporation, called “strata” in British Columbia, that is the owner of the balcony, while you have exclusive rights to the use of it. Every condo board or strata council will have its own rules governing what’s permitted on your balcony and what’s not. Check into what those rules are so you know what to expect. (In our experience at KANDY Outdoor Flooring, 99 per cent of the time our floating, interlocking outdoor flooring is permitted, once the details are known.)
Establish Your Budget
There is a range of options, and a corresponding range of price tags, for outdoor flooring. Think hard about what it is going to be worth to you to create a space from the ground up that will fill you with peace and pride whenever you look out from the inside, and that you’ll want to spend more time enjoying than you ever have before. The adage that “you get what you pay for” is true, but even on a tight budget you can find options to dramatically improve the look and feel of your condo balcony or rooftop patio.
Many indoor/outdoor products, like carpets or manufactured grasses, can be very economical and will look great until they begin to wear. The downside of these types of flooring for condo balconies is that they hold water, meaning the concrete stays wet for longer periods of time. This can speed up the deterioration of the balcony surface and in many cases, is forbidden by many strata councils or condo boards. Because they stay wet longer, you will also be faced with diminished usability after a weather event, unless you leave your galoshes by the door.
Floating Floor Tiles
Manufacturers and retailers are responding to the demand from urbanites like you, and there are many more options on the market than there were just a few years ago. To ensure you are leaving room for air circulation for faster drying of both the upper surface and balcony base, outdoor flooring tiles should be ‘open profile’, allowing air to circulate in and around the entire tile to keep both the tile and the balcony floor dry. This also allows water and small debris to fall through and wash away underneath, keeping the floor looking clean and dry much more of the time. Check what the product manufacturer says about UV stabilizers, too. While we think of ice and snow and rain as elements that can speed up the deterioration of our outdoor flooring, the sun can deliver a bigger wallop unless there’s some UV protection.
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Composites, Wood or Granite?
Flooring for condo balconies your budget dictates you’re headed to a big box store for your outdoor flooring, you will likely be spared having to make this choice. Most of these large-format retailers offer one type of outdoor flooring tile only, and that is most often composite or low-grade quality wood.
If you have more room in your budget and you prefer a premium product, you can start to play with design ideas and let what sort of look and feel you wish to create drive you to the type of material that is right for your condo balcony. You can find excellent quality exotic hardwoods, which will typically last much, much longer, and will look better in the long term (yes, with a little TLC) than some of the other options. Granite is available from some suppliers as well, and the quality and colour choices of high-quality composites make them a popular choice for many.
The main thing to know is that regardless of your budget, your taste, or your condo rules, you should be able to find a suitable option for outdoor flooring that will glam up your outdoor space in an instant.
It’s Balcony Flooring Makeover Time!
My balcony is netted (which helps to keep the pigeons out), but a very industrious squirrel managed to chew through the mesh. This resulted in two pigeons kindly letting themselves in and made a real mess. In a short time, they were in residence, they pooped all over the place, and now the paint is chipping and looks pretty bad.
As such, better ground cover is needed now, more than ever.
As a gardener, it’s very important for me to have outside space to enjoy. I’ve always had lofty plans for making the best use of my outside space possible, but somehow those plans were never quite realized. I’ve finally decided that the time is now.
I’m going to stop dreaming about it and start making it happen. And well, you can’t build a great house without a great foundation. As such, it serves to reason that a great balcony space should start at ground level. And there are several ways to make that ground-level look awesome.
As mentioned, there isn’t a lot of consideration given to outdoor spaces when they’re being constructed. As a result, they tend to come off as rather drab and dreary. They’re usually painted grey, or are left as plain concrete. One of the easiest ways to brighten up a less-than-stellar space is with textiles. Try doing what I’ve done and purchase some brightly coloured outdoor rugs for your balcony flooring.
These have become popular lately, so lots of different stores will carry them as summer approaches. Furthermore, depending on where you get them, they’re not overly expensive. For example, IKEA has some fabulous, colourful outdoor rugs from $29 and up.
For a barefoot-friendly, fun, bohemian vibe, try layering multiple rugs of various sizes and colours together. These rugs tend not to stain either, and you can clean off any dirt and debris by hosing them off.
One of the most popular balcony flooring trends out there right now is click-together tiles. These originally only came in wood replica tile form, but now there’s a wider variety available. Their popularity has inspired manufacturers to create many wood colours, materials, and textures. The most popular still seems to be the wood replica, but it’s nice to see some variation available now.
I’ve also seen some people mix different sizes and materials to make some nice patterns. Depending on which type you purchase and how large your balcony is, however, they can be a bit on the pricey side. That said, these are ridiculously easy to install (and just as easy to remove when you move). This makes them a hard choice to beat, as far as decor ideas are concerned.
These are probably the most expensive option on the list, but also the most elegant. Snap-together wooden plants offer what might be considered the most classic outdoor look around. These wooden planks look just like what you’d see on house patios or cottage decks. The difference is that they can be installed on a balcony or patio just about anywhere.
The downside is that they’re more labour-intensive to install and as such aren’t as temporary as other options.
Something to take into consideration before going this route is that you need to make sure that your balcony’s surface is uniform and completely flat. Since the planks will cover large stretches of balcony flooring, they require a near-perfect surface in order to lie properly.
Do you like the idea of outdoor rugs, but would prefer a more minimalist approach? Consider covering your balcony flooring in grass or bamboo mats. These mats are a great, inexpensive option for someone who’d like to create a peaceful space to retreat to after the stress of a long day.
Just be sure that if you get natural bamboo or grass, you don’t let them sit in water after a rainstorm. You also need to bring them indoors during the winter. Too much exposure to moisture could cause bacteria and mould to grow. Additionally, since these are made of natural materials, they’ll decompose when exposed to the elements.
Grass and bamboo mats are ideal if you’d like to create a Chinese Feng Shui or Japanese Zen balcony garden. Add a water fountain, some potted bamboo, trailing flowers, and string lanterns. You’ll have a peaceful, inspiring retreat with minimal effort, but to gorgeous effect.
Painted Floor Designs
A really fun and wallet-friendly option is to paint the floor of your balcony. We all know what painting a room can do to change the feeling of your home. Well, sometimes a change in the colour outside can make just as big of a difference.
You can paint the floor in one solid colour, or pick up some stencils and create a unique patterned look. Or, if you feel like getting super creative, let your inner artist out to play. Paint your balcony to look like stone, marble, or anything that catches your fancy.
I used to turn my nose up at the idea of using AstroTurf on a balcony. After all, this 1970s decorative travesty was responsible for countless childhood knee burns. Furthermore, most of our memories about it brought images of lime green, disturbingly crunchy textures to mind.
Fortunately, modern AstroTurf is no longer the stuff of fake neon green nightmares.
Lately, I’ve seen some nice ideas that incorporate them. Makes me wonder why I hadn’t thought to use it years ago. It helps that there are different texture qualities available now as well. The key to creating a classy space using astroturf is mixing it with other contrasting materials. For example, try bordering the “grass” with tile, or creating a pattern with the squares.
Child-Friendly Foam Mats
Do you have a budding gardener on your hands, but maybe they aren’t quite ready to help out just yet? Create an area for them to enjoy while you go about caring for your plants. Just put down some colourful interlocking foam mats for a more knee-friendly balcony flooring environment.
Border this with one the lusher varieties of AstroTurf to prevent painful trips and stumbles. This way, they can enjoy playing in their space while you enjoy playing in yours. With any luck, your, interest will wear off on them.
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Balcony Flooring Tips and Tricks
Having trouble deciding what you’d like to do? Try combining several of these looks to create a space that’s truly your own. Don’t worry too much about what other people think. I mean, it’s your balcony: go crazy! If you want to put down tiles or wood planks, but the edges of your balcony aren’t quite true, try using white or coloured pebbles to finish off the edges.
Just make sure that you don’t block any drainage holes or you might end up with a splash pad on your balcony!
You can choose to leave your apartment balcony floor as-is or choose one of these four options to spice up your home. No matter your choice, you can create a beautiful apartment garden. Just check with management to make sure you are not violating any rules and choose your flooring wisely.