Top Outdoor Flooring Trends for 2024

Top Outdoor Flooring Trends for 2024

This year is set to be an exciting one for outdoor flooring. Whether it’s a patio, pool deck, driveway, or the sought-after ‘bring the indoors, outdoors’ vibe, the rise of epoxy and other resin floor products is already revolutionising design choices.

This year is set to be one of:

1. Natural, blended textures: The days of bling are fading… Today’s requirements lean far closer to Mother Nature, with outdoor floors of stone, cobble, marble etc bringing classic minimality back to the fore.
2. Neutral, earthy tones: Continuing in the same vein, forget in-your-face blocks of colour. 2024 brings us the sophistication and calming effect of far more natural shades. Think browns, greens and greys, as opposed to the brighter bold hues that have dominated the last decade.
3. Think big: In other words, larger flooring formats that enhance the feeling of space and continuity – areas that seamlessly flow from one to another.
4. Minimalism, minimalism, minimalism… It’s time to shrug off flamboyance. If any term should be used to describe the overtone to be aiming for, it has to be, “less is more”.
5. Non-slip: In 2024, there’s simply no place for an outdoor flooring product that represents a slip hazard. Technology is now sufficiently advanced that there’s no excuse for a surface to turn into a skating rink as soon as it gets wet…
6. Sustainability: This is a biggie… The use of flooring products that not only have great longevity, but that don’t – quite literally – cost the Earth to produce…

And the best thing is how easy it is to create an outdoor floor that’s completely on-trend

In a word (well, four, to be honest) - stone resin aggregate and polyaspartic…

The beauty of these outdoor ground coverings is that they can be tailored in a way that’s unique to your requirements.

You want neutral colours? You got it… Your biggest decision will be selecting the exact shade – because the colour palate is pretty much infinite. If you want to tap into the natural stone look, then stone resin aggregate is the answer to your dreams…

Let’s not forget the importance of resilience to UV rays. With the climate undeniably getting hotter, you can rest easy that polyaspartic floor coverings are virtually impervious. They don’t become brittle, they don’t fade and they don’t go yellow. Plus, polyaspartic cures fast – meaning your space will be up and running in no time at all.

Both stone resin aggregate and polyaspartic outdoor flooring hit every element of the 2024 exterior floor covering trends…

1. Natural blended textures: Easily create the desired look with either of these versatile floor coverings.
2. Neutral, earthy tones: You can choose any colour or shade that you want.
3. Think big: After preparing the surface, the flooring is simply poured into place, allowing uniform cover of any area, big or small…
4. Minimalism, minimalism, minimalism… Colour choice and patterns are entirely up to you. Add in the wonderful clean resin floor lines for yet another reason that these outdoor flooring choices are wholly on-trend.
5. Non-slip: You asked… Resin provides. No floor coating is better suited to safe outdoor use. Around a pool, your outdoor dining area, exterior industrial locations, public facilities… Not only are resin outdoor floor coverings up to the heaviest of foot and vehicular traffic, but also remain stable underfoot in both wet and dry conditions.
6. Sustainability: Resin coatings hit a double whammy here. Firstly, they outlast many more traditional options. And secondly, they’re created using the very latest sustainable production techniques. It’s a win-win from every angle, wouldn’t you agree?

While we’re on the subject of the latest production techniques, let’s talk about Xylene. All companies that produce polyaspartic and/or epoxy resin floor products use it. However, not only does it have a pungent aroma - it’s also classified as a carcinogen. Installers, be they DIYers or professionals, must take great care to avoid exposure – usually with a combination of mask-wearing and good work area ventilation.

As a leading Australian provider of all things resin flooring, Shimicoat has recently completed an R&D project to determine if a viable alternative could be found. The great news is that the answer is a resounding yes. An aliphatic, alcohol-based compound has been shown to not only be totally harmless, but it actually performs better than Xylene.

We’re hastening the process to swap out this harmful chemical in all of our products. So, watch this space…

In the meantime, discover the range of on-trend outdoor and polyaspartic flooring options – and don’t forget that our expert team is always on hand for advice. Contact us today for more information.