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Outdoor Rugs for Patios & Decking

The weather is getting warmer, there is no denying this fact. Of course, this is a great thing! One of the many things this warmer weather means is that more and more people will be spending time in their gardens. They could be hosting family get togethers, a BBQ with their friends or simply just relaxing in the sunny weather with a cold beer in hand. Whatever your preference, outside is the place to do it!

Many people at this time of year are often looking for ways to improve the aesthetics of their gardens without needing to focus too much time or money into difficult renovation jobs. The simple fact remains that one of the best ways to improve the look of your garden is to invest in an outdoor rug. These look fantastic when placed on patios or decks. In this article, I’ll go through some details as to why outdoor rugs are great, specifically why they are great on decks and patios and even how to clean them. So, let’s get into it.

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Why Outdoor Rugs Are Great

There are many reasons why outdoor rugs are fantastic, especially in the spring and summer months. They are incredibly durable, easy to clean, relatively inexpensive and they can even be used inside during winter as well!

They Are Durable

Often, outdoor rugs are created using synthetic materials such as polypropylene, acrylic and polyester. These synthetic materials are generally weatherproof, mould and mildew resistant and they are often UV-treated to ensure the colours do not fade when exposed to direct sunlight. They can also be made from natural materials such as bamboo, jute and sisal. These offer many of the same benefits of synthetic materials, with less of an environmental impact but a slightly higher cost.

They Are Easy to Clean

One of the many benefits of outdoor rugs is that they are incredibly easy to clean. Manufacturers understand that as these rugs are to be placed outside, they are going to get dirty very quickly. Especially in areas with high foot traffic. The easiest way to clean an outdoor rug is to simply hoover over it, but ensure you take any beater bars off first! If your outdoor rug needs a deeper clean, simply hose it down using a mild soap and hang on the line to dry.

They Are Relatively Inexpensive

Due to outdoor rugs predominantly being made from synthetic materials, they are often cheaper to purchase than other types of rugs. The manufacturing process is less expensive to set up, uses less manpower and the rugs can easily be mass produced, all meaning a lower cost product to the customer.

They Can Be Used Inside

Of course, some people purchasing an outdoor rug may not want to simply roll it up and put it away when the colder and wetter months come. In this case, it is useful to know that outdoor rugs can also be used inside the home! They are great in conservatories, kitchens, entrance hallways and generally any other area with a high amount of foot traffic.

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Outdoor Rugs for Decking and Patios

One of the most common places outdoor rugs are used is on decks and patios. There is a good reason for this. One of the main reasons is because one of the favoured places to use an outdoor rug is under a dining table or coffee table. Where are these items generally placed? On decks and patios! Another reason they are great on decks and patios is because when it does rain, because believe me summer also comes with a lot of rain, they can reduce the risk of a slip whilst the decking or patio is wet and slippery.

Finally, outdoor rugs are perfect for decking and patios simply because this is where people will spend most of their time when outdoors, and you obviously want to get the most value for your money! Whether you are hosting a BBQ, chilling out with friends or just relaxing with your family. The home comfort of a rug can never be underestimated, especially outdoors.

The Best Materials for Decking and Patios

There really is no wrong option here, however, our expert opinion would be polypropylene. Not only is it inexpensive to purchase, available in an almost endless range of colours and patterns and highly durable, they are also incredibly easy to clean and will not fade in sunlight! All of this makes for the perfect outdoor rug. Whether you live in an area that sees regular 30-degree Celsius days, or an area with more warm but rainy weather, the rug will last as long as you want it to! Then, when winter comes, simply take it inside and place it in there.

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The Best Manufacture Methods for Outdoor Rugs

Again, there really is no wrong answer here and it comes down to personal preference. There are several different options available to you.

Hand-hooked rugs feature a short handmade pile, these are available in a wide array of colours and patterns but tend to come in at the highest cost due to the higher-quality materials and additional time required to make the outdoor rug.

Machine made rugs are the most popular option, simply down to the fact that you can get a higher-quality finish in less time and with less of a financial outlay. Machines can produce outdoor rugs on mass with very little (if any) manufacturing errors.

Flatweave rugs have no pile. Instead of tufting, these rugs are constructed via knotting or weaving material yarns together into a textile with less of a cushion. Prices for flatweave rugs are like that of machine constructed rugs and they come in several popular styles including flat-braided, cable-braided, corded-and-stitched and kilim style rugs.

Most outdoor rugs come with a backing made with either polypropylene or another synthetic material, this is to aid them in being the durable rugs they are.

Author Bio

Ryan Jones is SEO and Marketing Executive at Land of Rugs

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