New sunroom - need flooring advice, please!

phillycookFebruary 28, 2012

We had a "sunroom" constructed so that we can actually use our backyard space in the spring, summer and autumn and parts of the winter. Too many mosquitos, no shade.

Two of the walls are masonry - we're in an end of row house - and the newly constructed walls are glass and aluminum. The roof is insulated and there is a plywood subfloor over tar paper.

We were thinking about cork flooring, but when I went to order it today at our local flooring store, they said that they would sell it to me, but wouldn't recommend installing it in a room that wasn't temperature controlled in someway. We're not springing for underfloor heating.

So the dilemma - we wanted something ecologically friendly, something warm-ish like cork or bamboo and something that would stand up to the rigors of a Philadelphia winter. The guy at the flooring store is telling me tile, but that's going to entail more plywood to keep the tiles from cracking.

And the other issue is that we have a very heavy - takes 3 or 4 guys to move it - table that is going to live in the sunroom. It did live outside.

What sort of floors has anyone here installed in sunrooms?

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You're talking an outdoor space here, not an indoor one. Wood would never be on the list unless you did something like tongue and groove ipe decking. The only suitable floors for a non temperature and humidity controlled space would be porcelain tile, indoor-outdoor carpet, concrete, or possibly vinyl, but the vinyl would depend on the amount of UV the space gets. UV will kill vinyl, or any finish meant for interior use.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 6:56PM
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We did heated tile floors, but you've crossed that one off the list. :-( And quite honestly, I don't know that I'd put radiant heat in an unconditioned space, for fear the thermostat would run and run....

    Bookmark   February 29, 2012 at 8:43PM
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