Flooring: wood, tiles or plaster for sunrooms

When it comes to flooring, it’s not just about aesthetics. You should also consider service life and resilience. Wooden floors are good to add a sunroom in Elmsford, NY because they look homely, are warm to the feet and do not heat up as quickly as stone floors. However, this also means that the incoming solar heat is not stored as well, which is a disadvantage in winter. Even with a good surface seal, wooden floors must not be damp for long periods of pouring and condensation water. This is why they can only be recommended to a limited extent for plant-rich winter gardens. Because of their high insulating effect, wooden floors are also not suitable for underfloor heating. If possible, use a hardwood parquet made of beech or oak, because it has a relatively pressure-resistant and resilient surface. Normal boards made of spruce or fir are softer and accordingly more sensitive. A concrete ceiling reinforced with steel and insulated from below is required as a substructure.

Tile floors are relatively complex to manufacture but in most cases the best solution.

Depending on the material, they are insensitive and easy to clean. Tiles heat up quickly when exposed to sunlight, but they also give off the heat again quickly if the underlying concrete ceiling is not well insulated from the ground. In order not to get cold feet in winter, you should install underfloor heating. You can achieve a psychological warmth effect by choosing the right material: terracotta tiles, for example, are perceived as warmer than white earthenware tiles at the same temperature. Natural stone slabs also have comparable properties, but depending on the material, they need a sealed surface so that dirt and stains cannot penetrate the stone.

Paved floors are inexpensive and easy to lay. However, they are only recommended for unheated winter gardens because the substructure consists of a compacted gravel base layer instead of an insulated concrete ceiling. Heating such a winter garden would result in high heat losses. The great advantage of a cold winter garden with a paved floor is that you can change the arrangement and size of the basic beds for your plants afterwards without major structural work.