When you add or update an enclosed porch or sunroom in your home, you want it to be the space you walk into and say ahhhh. These light-filled enclosures are designed to be spaces where relaxation and mellow time with friends and family happen. And while natural light is key, the floor you and your guests walk on is so important. There are a number of options to consider when choosing flooring for your sunroom or enclosed porch.

Sunroom or Enclosed Porch?


A sunroom is simply an extra room with a focus on natural light, including lots of windows and direct access to the outdoors. A sunroom can either be heated for winter enjoyment (four-season) or not heated (three-season). An enclosed porch is screened and designed for hanging out and enjoying the outdoors without all of the bugs and elements. It’s a relaxing living space for use when the weather is pleasant.

Flooring Options for Your Sunroom or Enclosed Porch


Functionality, durability and appearance are tops on the list when picking out flooring for your enclosure. You want something that looks great, will stand up to lots of sunlight and (in the case of an enclosed porch) can handle water and damp weather. Here are some of our favorites:

Ceramic


Ceramic flooring holds in heat during the colder months and is naturally cool in summer. It’s durable, scratch-resistant and easy to clean. On top of that, there are so many gorgeous styles and patterns to choose from. However, it tends to be pricier than some of the other options.

Laminate


Increasingly popular in almost any room of the house, laminate offers the look of natural wood but is much less expensive and easier to maintain. Laminate is made from a composite wood backing with a hardwood image on top, covered with a durable synthetic layer. This makes it more scratch-resistant and moisture resistant than hardwood. It also resists fading from the sun so can be ideal for a budget-friendly sunroom. However, this is one material where you don’t want to go low-end. Cheaper laminate can peel after a little exposure to the elements, so you definitely want to go with solid quality and professional installation to avoid warping and peeling.

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP)


Durable and stylish luxury vinyl products are trending in every room of the house and are ideal for enclosures. The new Pergo Extreme line is made from top quality vinyl instead of laminate and offers stylish yet incredibly durable tiles and planks in the hottest colors, textures and patterns including stone, tile and wood (the marble tiles and gray wood-look planks are absolutely killer). Pergo Extreme products are waterproof and scratch-resistant and can take pretty much anything your family can dish out. We highly recommend luxury vinyl planks or tiles for sunrooms and enclosed porches for clients who are looking for great style on a budget. Loudoun Valley Floors is an exclusive dealer for Pergo Extreme in our area and we’d love to share more about why we love it. We also carry LVT and LVP from a variety of other manufacturers, so we can help you find just the right product for your room or home.

Natural Hardwood


There’s something so inviting about natural wood in a sunroom. The natural bare-wood look brings warmth and brightness to the room. Because of moisture, hardwood is not a great choice for an enclosed porch. And if you do choose this route for your sunroom, be sure to treat the wood flooring to avoid sun damage.


Carpet


Carpet used to be a no-no for enclosed spaces because of moisture and fading. But new technology has brought terrific weather resistant and waterproof options, and the right carpet can be a perfect fit for your sunroom or enclosed porch. What we look for is a thinner pile option made of natural or synthetic materials. Think stylish and durable rather than soft and fluffy in this space. A couple of our favorites for enclosures include:


  • Polypropylene carpet: This stain-resistant synthetic offers a classic wool-like look at a low price. It’s elegant, dries quickly and resists mold and mildew. Polypropylene has been used in basements for years and is increasingly popular in porches and sunrooms thanks to its simple, short pile style. Most polypropylene products can be hosed down or even powerwashed to keep them looking like new.

  • Sisal: This gorgeous natural fiber made from an agave plant is known for its super-strong fibers (it’s also used in marine ropes). It’s incredibly durable, non-toxic and water absorbent, and Sisal’s lovely brown and beige shades give your space natural beachy look. Sisal isn’t the plush, soft on the feet carpet you might want in an indoor living space, but it’s perfect for an enclosed porch.

Concrete


You may be surprised to learn that concrete is making a comeback in sunrooms and enclosures

When painted, stamped or stained in stylish colors (like gray or slate blue) and patterns with a fun throw rug, it can offer a high fashion look at a low cost. We’re seeing these floors in architect-designed homes all over the country to stellar effect. Consider casual or vintage furniture for that perfect laid-back look.

Porches and Sunrooms by Loudoun Valley Floors


The bottom line for sunrooms and enclosed porches is that there are more choices than you may have thought possible, and there are stylish, functional options for every budget. Loudoun Valley Floors has made enjoying the outside from the comfort of your home a reality for homeowners all over the region. From large to small spaces and with a range of high-quality materials, we’d love to take a look at your space and help make your goals a reality.