Outdoor Carpet Buying Guide
Who wants outdoor carpet? Basically no one, right? Wrong. Outdoor carpet is the latest evolution of carpet technology. It’s weather resistant, mildew and mold resistant and water resistant. There’s now no reason to NOT have carpet or carpet tiles in your outdoor oasis.
Part of the reason outdoor carpet remains a mystery is because many people don’t know about it. Consider me the carpet guru.
By now, you probably know everything there is about carpet. You’ve probably read our Carpet Buying Guide
, and even the Waterproof Carpet Guide
, but the last thing to check off your knowledge list is outdoor carpet.
Then comes the test.
Just kidding, there’s no test.
So come with me, into the garden, with the soft carpet underfoot and a glass of lemonade in your hand. Let me teach you about outdoor carpet.
What is Outdoor Carpet?
Perhaps you’re wondering how this carpet is different from indoor carpet, or even wondering what “indoor outdoor carpet” even means. Let me break it down:
While indoor carpet is pretty plush and comes with a lot of the same features as outdoor carpet, it’s not made to withstand the harsh conditions of the outdoors.
Outdoor carpet is often UV stable, meaning it’s not going to fade in direct sunlight. It’s also mold and mildew resistant, and even water resistant. It’s built to battle the elements.
Most carpet for outdoors is going to be low pile, or berber carpet. This is because berber and other low-pile carpets can handle wear and tear and dirt much better than, say, a frieze style carpet.
Indoor outdoor carpet is pretty simple to explain. While most indoor carpets can’t be used outdoors, pretty much any outdoor carpet can be used indoors. If it’s made for the outside, it can certainly hold up on the inside as well.
Types of Outdoor Carpet
You can buy outdoor carpet three different ways. Let’s look at the different types so you can get an idea of what works best for you.
Broadloom Carpet Rolls
First, let me start by telling you what broadloom carpet is. Broadloom carpet is manufactured and sold in large carpet rolls that come in a standard size. It’s the traditional wall-to-wall carpet. This is great for sunrooms, or it can be cut to form an area rug.
Nowadays, you can find carpet tiles just about anywhere, including your patio. But what are they?
Well, carpet tiles are exactly as the name suggests: carpet that comes in tile form instead of broadloom rolls.
Just simply peel and stick, glue, tape or lock your carpet tiles down and go.
Indoor Outdoor Rugs
Most Indoor Outdoor rugs are made from Eco-fi, a 100% synthetic recycled fiber. Recycled consumer grade plastic bottles make this fiber! This polyester fiber has natural water-resistant and stain-resistant properties that make it great for the outdoors.
Indoor Outdoor rugs are resistant to stains and soiling, they’re highly durable, and resistant to mold and mildew, just like outdoor carpet tiles and rolls.
If you’re wanting a carpet accent for your outdoor space, an area rug is the way to go.
Outdoor Carpet Pros
Okay, you’ve made your decision. You want to have carpet outdoors, but will probably need to explain your choice to others because “Carpet! Outdoors! I think not!” Here’s a handy list of benefits for all the non-believers out there:
Built for battle: Outdoor carpet is one of the toughest materials out there. It’s built to battle the elements and people. It’s water resistant, mold and mildew resistant and UV stable.
Money-saver: Everybody knows that carpet is one of the least expensive flooring options out there. You’re going to save extra money installing it yourself too.
Home comfort, outdoors: Carpet is what makes your home comfortable. It’s what allows your kids to play on the ground without getting bruised knees and sore butts. Now the outdoors can be just as comfortable for play and relaxation.
Outdoor Carpet Cons
Okay okay, there are a few limitations. But if you don’t mind them, outdoor carpet can still be right for you!
Special adhesive: Remember when we mentioned how you’ll have to glue down carpet tiles or rolls for the most permanent installation? You’ll also need a good adhesive to do it. Pick a good outdoor adhesive for the best installation.
Not the plushest around: Since this carpet will be outdoors, it’s not going to have a soft luxurious feel to it. It makes sense though, because nobody wants dirt hiding in the tall fibers of a saxony carpet.
There you have it, outdoor carpet! It is here and here to stay. If you’ve been wondering about the great aspects of carpet for outdoors or indoor outdoor carpet, I hope you’re now convinced to give it a try.
Believe me, it’s a great way to make your outdoor space feel like home. Happy shopping!