Adding a “Cool” Factor with Outdoor Carpet

Adding outdoor carpet to your patio or screened in porch can add to its comfort level. Most outdoor carpets are made from synthetic fibers like polypropylene or olefin material. There are such things as natural fiber for indoor outdoor carpet, specifically hessian, or jute. When looking for outdoor carpeting, you're going to have three different types to choose from and they differ in mainly the way they're constructed. They are loop, punch, grass, and needle. You can probably guess what grass outdoor carpet looks like... but it also comes in other colors like blue for around pools or many other colors.

There are many uses for outdoor carpeting, especially these days with the new types of synthetic materials we're seeing in all areas of flooring. Many people use it around their pool, hot tub, or screened in porches or any outdoor areas where marine carpet would make sense. Most people, (previously self included) when thinking of traditional types of carpet used for outdoor areas, think of the simple fake green plastic or blue colored grass. This isn't the case at all when it comes to your only options of carpeting your outdoor areas. There are some amazing carpets that are made just for indoor outdoor use and can add some real class and amazing aesthetics to any type of outdoor area exposed to the elements.

Let's look at the different types of outdoor carpet. First there is what is known as the Marine outdoor carpeting. This is the carpet most often thought of when mentioning outdoor carpet. The word marine to me just conjures up old memories of hanging around the marina as a kid and the ragged looking green carpet covering the docks. Well, that's pretty much the same stuff. It does come in many different colors however. This carpet is mostly used where there will be a lot of moisture or even possibly standing water. As with most carpeting jobs, the type of carpet you'll want to install depends on the problem or experience you’re trying to solve or provide. Grade, pile, and backing will all depend on the location and exposure the outdoor carpet will have to the elements. Marine carpet is designed specifically to keep the water in as opposed to run off. This is why you often seen it on boats. Even though you most typically see this type of carpet in green, it is available in other colors and patterns.

The next type of outside carpet to look at is olefin. Olefin, also known as polypropylene, is made from a synthetic resin. Olefin's best qualities are its fade and mold resistant qualities along with its ability to resist dirt and stains. It's also very fast drying which is why it's often used as outdoor carpet. Olefin is available in pile, cut, or loop types and used for outdoor carpet solutions in marine, industrial outdoor, or residential projects.

Another type of outdoor carpet is grass carpet. Grass carpet is made of neutral or green fibers much like turf that resembles grass. This type is usually more resistant to fading and staining. This type is often seen in putting golf greens in people’s back yards, as outdoor carpeting for porches,  as flooring in sheds or other outdoor areas or patios. Marine carpet is most generally cut to fit and glued down to the service. the grass type comes in outdoor carpet tiles that you peel and stick to the surface. Proper preparation of the surfaces is always essential to insure the outdoor carpeting stays adhered and in place; especially since these can sometimes be high traffic area. Some of these grass type tiles do not have the marine backing so they're best used in areas out of the direct elements. If using outside directly under the rain or in wet areas, make sure they have marine backing.

No matter what you're indoor outdoor carpet needs are, check out our buy outdoor carpet page or visit your local carpet retailer and ask them about their outdoor carpeting options and be ready to make any drab outdoor area seem more cozy and comfortable!