Before you buy that giant grill, make sure you have the right surface to place it on. Here's how to choose the best floor for your outdoor kitchen.
By Rose KennedyMore in Outdoors
After safety, consider your design needs and budget. "Because of its affordability and durability, concrete is still far and away the most popular outdoor flooring option," Sergio says. "Stamping, coloring or a rock-salt finish are increasingly popular ways of improving the appearance of concrete to meet today's design trends."
Concrete is also a favorite with outdoor room designer Scott Cohen from The Green Scene, a landscape and construction firm in Canoga Park, Calif. "On a modest budget, my favorite flooring choice is stamped or 'impressed' concrete," says Scott, who has also been featured on such Home and Garden Television shows as Landscapers' Challenge and Designing for the Sexes. "It can be expertly colored and stained to mimic real stone. One of my favorite options is bar-tile trim stamps mixed with cobblestone or Ashlar Cut patterns."
Concrete tiles are another option, including the ones that Cal-Ga-Crete of Rancho Dominguez, Calif., wet-casts into molds that resemble hundreds of varieties of tile pavers. Sold through tile and specialty building material wholesale dealers throughout the United States, Cal-Ga-Crete's surface styles include variations of traditional mission and chateau pavers and replications of some surprisingly authentic-looking antique pavers. Its color pallet includes saturated, rich colors that can be quite effective in creating Spanish, Mexican, Italian or French rustic styles, or a Pacific or Caribbean island effect.
If your outdoor kitchen budget has a little more flexibility, Scott favors Old World tumbled pavers or authentic flagstone (available in a variety of colors and textures) over concrete applications. "I let the garden theme I've selected with a client guide which type of flooring will go best with the counter and kitchen accessories," Scott says.