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Buying Guide: How to choose your terrace floor?

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Buying Guide: How to choose your terrace floor?

Arnaud Childeric

Place to laze on the terrace! Between the charm of natural wood, the ease of maintenance of the composite, the authenticity of the stone or the traditional appearance of the tiles, your terrace can offer multiple faces. Budget, maintenance, aesthetics ... We start on conquered ground!

Do you dream of a terrace to enjoy with family or friends of the summer sweetness? Before any choice of material for your terrace floor, we must look at the coating that will accommodate the future terrace: most materials to be placed on a concrete slab, you will have to plan to install one (or have it installed by a bricklayer, for example). Once this slab is laid, it becomes much easier to put your own terrace. Tiles, wood, composite, natural or reconstituted stone: the choice is the most suitable material for your budget and the configuration of places.

Opt for tiling on the terrace

With many advantages, starting with an affordable price (from 15 euros per m² even if some products can reach 100 euros per m²), the floor tile dresses many terraces. Insensitive to the weather, it is easy to clean and offers a wide variety of shapes and patterns. With the top of the basket, the porcelain stoneware according to Wilfried Andres founder of the company Grad tm, specialist of the terrace in France: "The porcelain stoneware is very qualitative: ingelive and slightly porous, its color is unalterable in time and it is Finally, thanks to the new technologies, it perfectly imitates natural stone, marble, burgundy stone or slate, for amazing results ". Traditionally laid by gluing on a slab of flat concrete, it can now also be installed on studs without slab of concrete: a technique available to all according to Renaud Junker, market manager landscaping at Point P: "After placing studs at each corner of the tile, it is laid directly without glue or joints.Not only, it is simpler, but it allows to dismantle the layout to eventually change a damaged tile ". If you choose this laying on studs, be careful tiling should be thick enough: at least 2 cm thick. Note: the Grad brand has developed a system for laying porcelain stoneware slabs on aluminum rails, which increases the installation comfort and eliminates the risk of instability of slabs simply placed on studs.

Glazed porcelain stoneware terrace, anti-slip. Collection Exclusives. 40 x 60 cm. 35 euros the m2. Point P.

Point P

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Wood or nothing, on my terrace!

Some hardcore people swear by the wood for its natural look and warm style. Ideal for long lengths, it comes in many species, with significant differences in price: "Softwoods (spruce, douglas pine ...) treated by autoclave to become rot-proof, are the least expensive, from 15 euros the m2, continues Renaud Junker for Point P. To guarantee a good quality, opt for thick woods and class IV indicating their excellent resistance to moisture.A bit more expensive but very durable, hardwoods (oak, chestnut) and finally , the exotic woods (bangkiraï, teak, ipé, massaranduba ...) close the march: they can reach 100 euros per m2 but are naturally rot-proof and particularly aesthetic ".

Radiata pine terrace, Accoya process, acetylation treatment, a process that modifies the chemical structure of wood, from the periphery to the core, thus achieving unprecedented performances of longevity and stability. Dimensions: Width: 120 mm? Thickness: 21 mm. Maximum dimensional variations: 1.5%. Clip by Clip JuAn®. 50 years warranty. 100% FSC. Price on estimate. Grad Tm.

Grad Tm

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Greenwood treatments

And if all the wood sold in France are now certified, we saw recently appeared treated wood not in autoclave but in an environmentally friendly way. Grad tm specializes in these new wood treatment techniques: "The wood (North pine, Ash) can be heat-treated, that is to say heated to more than 200 degrees to withstand the weather, mushrooms ... Another technique, furfurylation by the Kebony process: the wood (pin radiata, in particular) is protected by an alcohol made from sugar cane, besides a great stability in the time, it is thus more solid and will resist then insects, mushrooms without any risk of rotting Finally, with the technique of acetylation (Accoya process), the wood (pine radiata also) is thoroughly treated with acetic acid known for its conservation properties. are extraordinary with guaranteed wood up to 50 years, without any chemical input ".

In all cases, to avoid that the wood is gray, you must add a saturator once a year. Side laying, the wooden deck is installed on joists (wood or aluminum for increased stability), themselves arranged on adjustable pads (just stabilized soil). Some slabs are also easy to install but they are often less qualitative products than the blades: to book rather balconies.

Terrace: the composite boom

Strongdeck composite decks in light gray. Composed of 60% of wood fibers. Dimensions: Width 120 mm. Thickness: 20.7 mm Clip by JuAn® Clip. Warranty 10 years 100% recyclable product. Price on estimate. Grad Tm.

Grad Tm

With a terrace in composite wood (based on resin and wood fiber), we get a very close to that of natural wood, without its disadvantages since this material requires almost no maintenance (except a mop or broom) and that its color will not move (it will just pale a little the first year). "For this very durable material, tariffs start at 40 euros in GSB and easily reach 80 to 85 euros for high-end quality, explains Renaud Junker.In recent years, we have seen arrive co-extruded composite blades that are thus anti-stains, choose solid blades (without cavities or cavities) that guarantee superior quality ".

A stone terrace floor

Travertine, blue stone, granite ... natural stones (from 30 to 200 euros per m2) will give a very special character to your terrace, with a floor that will skate nicely with the years. "Many like stone for its authentic appearance and its many nuances that make no terrace resemble each other," continues Renaud Junker "The natural stone is robust and naturally anti-slip and at Point P, we only sell anti-slip stones. frostens Between 1.5 and 3 cm thick, the stones stick on a concrete slab, above, we will ask on plots: in both cases, it may be good to go through a professional ".

Traditional inspiration for this reconstituted stone terrace. Manor slabs (77.50 euros per m2) and matching circle (1.35 m radius: 562 euros), Hadrian wall, Garrigues and Gordes wall cladding (73 euros per m2). Bradstone.

Bradstone

Less expensive than natural stone, reconstituted stone, made from concrete and minerals can achieve a 'natural stone' effect at a lower cost (from 20 to 80 euros per m2). His advantages ? It does not slip, does not freeze and its color does not move. Up to 2.5 cm, the slabs stick on a concrete slab, beyond which they can be placed directly on a bed of sand. Finally, there are recently lightened concrete for terraces always fresh and maintenance-free, but their price remains very high (from 150 to 200 euros per m2).

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