After a long, cold. snowy winter, the indoor-outdoor carpet on the screen porch was looking pretty bad.
We’ve discussed replacing this carpet several times throughout the last year. From the looks of it this spring we knew we wanted to do it before summer.
We considered ceramic and porcelain tile options but had concerns about the tiles cracking in the winter, being slippery when wet, getting scratched by the feet on the patio furniture, having to deal with the maintenance of the grout, hard on the knees, and the tiles being too cold to the touch when the weather gets cool outside.
After a thorough research period, we agreed on the Flexible Rubber Pavers, from Gen-Rubber of Galion, Ohio.
The pavers look somewhat like cast-concrete bricks but are made from 100% recycled tire rubber. They measure 16″x16″x3/8″ and come in several colors like brown, red and grey. We opted for the Brown Brick color.
These pavers met our criteria of low maintenance, cost-effective, easy to install (or replace), soft on the knees, very durable, and most importantly, they look good! An extra bonus, the tiles are Made in the USA!!
I purchased a few to test. I wanted to see if they would off-gas, get really warm in the sun, or lose their finish after being exposed to the elements. I places four pavers in the porch to see if they ‘smelled’ (which they didn’t) then I placed them under the hose spigots outside. After several weeks in the elements and being walked on they still look as good as the day I placed them in service.
We purchased another eighty for the porch from Menards. On sale, they cost $4.99 each. It took us 74 pavers to complete the whole screen porch, with a half-dozen extras for use around the landscape or in the garage, the whole project cost less than $400 to complete (before tax).
We really like these pavers for this application. After removing the carpet, I swept the floor and placed the pavers. I cut the edge pavers to size (with a sharp utility knife), no special tools needed. No glue, no levelling, no special floor prep, nothing fancy. Place them end-to-end and trim the edge tiles to fit. The whole project (not including pulling up the old crappy indoor-outdoor carpet) took less than two hours to complete.
I wish every project was this easy to complete!
I have no relation to either Gen-Rubber or Menards, besides being a cash paying customer of both.
Menards (one of my favorite stores- someday I’ll write a post about Menards and why I like them so much)