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that provide anti-slip surfaces. As with wooden flooring, ceramic tiles also withstand all weather conditions. Rubber Tiles Rubber tiles are mostly chosen for outdoor flooring for elderly homeowners or for families with children that often play outdoors – particularly in pool surrounds – because they provide good traction and prevent slip-and-fall accidents. These tiles are inexpensive, easy to install, last a long time and, like ceramic tiles, they also come in different colours so there are many options to choose from. Concrete Concrete is often selected as outdoor flooring, including pathways and driveways because it is one of the most inexpensive options. Concrete flooring lasts a long time, can withstand all weather conditions and can even be painted or stained to meet specific colour needs. Additionally, concrete can also be decorated by stamping prints such as leaves and flowers, imparting a design imprint. As with ceramic tiles, however, caution needs to be taken when concrete flooring is wet because it becomes very slippery. Concrete pavers are probably the most popular and practical choice for outdoor floors because they are inexpensive and easy to apply. Builders and contractors can easily install concrete pavers for a new project or simply a little patio or pool remodelling job. Once again, a selection can be made from numerous designs – from stamped to textured; from big to small. Stamped pavers, in particular, can get the look of many different materials when these patterns are pressed into freshly poured concrete. Manufacturers can make stamps that perfectly imitate slate, flagstone, brick, cobblestone, and more, and it is possible to colour concrete pavers to match the colour scheme of the house. The maintenance for this type of paver is easy and hardly requires any effort. Interlocking concrete pavers are another choice; they can absorb shocks to certain degree, and come in many shapes and sizes. Bricks Using brick as outdoor flooring is another popular choice because it is relatively inexpensive and withstands all weather conditions. Because of its texture, brick is naturally slip-resistant when wet. Bricks are easy to install and clean, and they can be installed using different patterns, such as basket- weave or herringbone, or even laid in a

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FLOORS in Africa Journal 6'2010  

Africa's leading flooring magazine

FLOORS in Africa Journal 6'2010  

Africa's leading flooring magazine

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