Suggestions for flooring for LARGE screened in porch
We are building a new home, and one of the main features will be a large 21' x 28' screened in porch.
Our current porch is 34' x 28,' and the house was built in 1850, so it is a true Southern sleeping porch with beadboard ceiling, white columns, and tongue and groove painted wooden floor.
The wooden floor has been very difficult to keep looking good. When it rains, the water comes in and sits, and has caused us to have to replace two of the columns and some of the flooring. It shows pet hair and dirt, and has gouges and roughness and color variation.
While all of these things are to be expected due to age, we'd like a much less labor-intensive material for our new porch.
We live in North Carolina and don't have many days of hard freezes, no snow and very little ice or freezing rain.
Could I get recommendations for a natural product other than wood that would be a good choice? Looking at natural stone of some kind. Slate, marble, stone tile?
Want easy clean-up and low-maintenance, as well as an attractive surface. We spend a huge amount of time outside on the porch, so want something both pretty and functional.
Thanks so much!