You might be floating on cloud nine when you’re in Cabo, however, if you take a moment to look down on where you’re actually stepping you’ll realize that flooring in a home with that is close the beach and the ocean is important, especially if you have a pool. It not only plays a significant part in the feel and style of the house, but there are also certain floors that work well in a tropical/humid climate and some that don’t.
The floor around your pool and outdoor area will most likely be the same, so make sure you find something that not only looks good, but that will also function well with the elements. Choose a material that is resistant to mold, algae and chemicals. Bare feet will be in contact with this floor, so pick a heat-reflective material to keep the surface cool and another important factor to consider is to choose a material that does not become slippery when wet.
Wood decks are pleasing to the eye and provide a natural, yet elegant look. Wood can be costly but there is a range of types and pricing depending on your budget. It requires steady maintenance year-round, especially in Cabo where the ocean is near. Synthetic decking is a good alternative to wood, without the need for much maintenance and can last a long time. Since it comes in planks or tiles it’s easy to install. Waterproof options are available, making it ideal for pool decking.
Style: Naturally elegant.
Tips: be prepared to deal with constant maintenance unless you go with the synthetic route. In this case be sure to choose one that doesn’t look fake or low quality.
Brick is durable but must be maintained because it is susceptible to mold which can cause it to be slippery.
Style: Classic charm.
Tips: Choose a type of brick that isn’t too irregular so it doesn’t hurt your feet when you walk on it.
Concrete gives a modern and contemporary feel, it can be dyed with different colors and it’s easy to maintain.
Tips: Add pebbles or texture to make the surface slip-resistant.
Stone is another very commonly used material for flooring. There are many types of stone, such as travertine, sandstone, marble, limestone, granite, among many others. Stone can be expensive, but if you’re looking for a natural feel this is a good choice. Darker colors absorb more heat than lighter colors, so choose wisely if you think you’ll be using it outdoors. For indoors, stone floors are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms.
Style: Naturally sleek.
Tips: Wood and fabric help absorb sound in a room with stone flooring.
Saltillo (terracota) tile is an ideal option for indoor and outdoor flooring if you have a beach home in Cabo. This tile will give your house a true Mexican feel and it is very easy to maintain.
Style: Mexican hacienda.
Tips: Glazed tiles are not recommended for outdoor pool areas as it can be very slippery.
Now that you know the basics about ideal flooring for your beach home you can go ahead and take those “first steps” into choosing the right flooring. i