Can vinyl flooring be used outside?

Looking for a flooring that can be used on a deck or outdoor patio? You may have come across vinyl flooring and wondered, Can vinyl flooring be used outside?

Kind Of…

Vinyl floor can be used in an outdoor, temperature controlled environment. This means that you can install vinyl flooring in a sun room, enclosed porch, or any other “outdoor” space where you can control the heat and cold. While vinyl is 100% waterproof, you still have to be careful of the temperature changes. If your vinyl flooring is subjected to extreme temperatures it can crack or swell, just like laminate flooring. However, unlike laminate flooring, vinyl flooring is 100% waterproof and can handle liquid spills like a pro, making it a perfect choice for outdoor-type applications.

Is The Installation The Same?

Yep! Choose the installation method that works best with your needs and your space. You can choose from a click and lock, loose lay, or a glue down installation. Click and lock and loose lay plank flooring can be taken apart and washed if needed. This can be useful if a serious flood were to occur, or clean it and store it for the winter.  Glue down installations can be used if the chance of flooding is low and you don’t want the hassle of having to take it apart at any time. Just be sure you use a strong, waterproof adhesive so it will stay for years to come!

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27 comments

  1. Alana Kane

    Hi Napolean, thanks for the question. You will want to look for an outdoor specific floor. The vinyls we sell are strictly indoor.

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    I have an outside gazebo with a roof but no walls. This is in Houston, TX so no snow but alot of sun and rain. Looking for a flooring that looks like semi dark wood that can be installed on a subflooring and handle the elements. Preferable long planks. My space is 24 ft wide by 8 ft.

  3. Alana Kane

    Hi Ken, thanks for your question. Without looking at the floors, I believe the warranty will be void regardless as it will be in a non-temperature controlled space. We do not sell either of these products, so I am not familiar with them. I would ask the retailer from which you will be purchasing for more information on these specific brands. They will be able to better assist with product specifics!

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    Hello,
    I have a 10’x8′ Arrow shed that I want to put vinyl tile in. The flooring system is as follows: The shed is on a 12’x12′ concrete paver base, there is R5 insulation foam under the steel floor frame and 23/32″ plywood on top of it all. The whole shed has R10 insulation + radiant barrier. I wanted to go either peel and stick traffic master tile or LifeProof vinyl sheet, but I worried at first about having no warranty. Which do you think would hold up better?

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    Thanks for the help, that has answered my questions .

  6. Alana Kane

    Hi Cash, thanks for the question. If it is standard decking, then I would add a plywood layer on top, so that it is completely level and stable. Any gaps between the boards can create an issue. I would also recommend only using a moisture barrier and underlayment that is LVT specific. 3mm is too much cushion under a 5mm plank. This will cause joint integrity issues. Vinyl is the best option for non-temperature controlled spaces, as it should move less. Keep in mind, intense sunlight can cause some discoloration with vinyls. Hope that answered all of your questions!

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    Hi Alana, I’m converting a verandah into an indoor space. ca. 15m2 square shaped room. Enter via south from a room that is temp. controlled , to a whole lot of windows intended to catch winter sun. Southern Hemisphere, Subtropical climate, often humid.floor is 6ft from ground.temperatures range between 1 on the coldest winter day to 40 degrees Celsius. I have some foil+foam moisture barrier 3 mm thick rolls to lay out beneath the 5mm plank floor. I can’t account for the consistency of the spaced decking boards beneath, but looks pretty level. Nails punched. Otherwise fully sealed space.
    My question is whether you’d recommend Plywood over the decking boards, and if yes, how thick- or thin- should it be. Or can I get away with just the underlay between the deck and the vinyl? I wonder whether the planks will warp with such little insulation. Another possibility is foilbacked glass wool insulation, propped up below the floor, with wires between the joists. I have all materials mentioned.. This may solve issues regarding proximity to outdoor area as well any worries of cold feet.
    Thank you, Cash.

  8. Alana Kane

    Hi Faiz, no I would not recommend vinyl for this application. It should only be used indoors. I would look for an outdoor option.

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    I am from Malaysia.
    Recently rebuild(not sure if its the correct noun) our car porch. It is protected from sun and rain waters may splash abit inside if its too heavy(monsoon weather).

    Can I use the usual glue vinyl flooring(maybe wood or anything u may suggest?) for the car porch? the space is wide and we usually parked two cars on the porch and a steel drying rack for our clothes.

    Or should I forget about vinyl and better off using paint for my car porch? eg epoxy paint?- the one they usually use for disabled parking here in Malaysia.

    Main issue is the cement is too plain lol so we are looking up to do something about it.

    FYI: we tried acrylic paint but just a splash of water kinda remove most of the paint, maybe we did the paint job wrong but still we are now looking for other options.

  10. Alana Kane

    Hi Paul, your best bet here is to go with an WPC or SPC rigid core vinyl product. They have engineered cores that have more stability during temperature changes. You can shop our SPC products here: https://www.bestlaminate.com/vinyl-plank-flooring/search-by-construction/spc/ and WPC Products here: https://www.bestlaminate.com/vinyl-plank-flooring/search-by-construction/wpc/

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    I have a summer home which is closed up for the winter. Tempertures can be 90 to 100 in the summer and below zero in the winter. What kind of plank vinyl flooring can I use

  12. Alana Kane

    Hi Kim, thanks for reaching out. I would not recommend a vinyl plank for the wall in this case. I cannot say how it will hold up in consistent humidity and an outdoor environment. I would suggest to look for options specifically meant for outdoor use.

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    Can vinyl flooring be used outside as a wall covering under a covered porch, not an enclosed porch. The temperature will not be controlled and most of the year the climate is hot and humid with little to no variation in temperatures usually 95 to 105 on a daily basis. Night temps slightly lower. Also no direct sunlight on the porch.

    Thank you.

    KIM

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    Thanks for your comment. What kind of vinyl plank flooring did you install? Generally speaking, vinyl flooring is designed for indoor use only. You can technically install it outside, on a covered porch and in a temperature controlled environment, but any direct outdoor use will void the warranty with most manufacturers. Has the flooring been exposed to a lot of sunlight and moisture?

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    i havevinyl fllorign over top of marine plywood on a porch outside…the flooring is now really discolored…wht is the problem

  16. Alana Kane

    Hi Mo, thanks for your question. Are you referring to linoleum? I do not believe they have that available, but we are not experts in that type of flooring. We’d recommend to do a quick Google search to see if there might be some options for you!

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    I live in Spain and want to put Lino under the pergola
    Is it possible for Lino in 3D that looks like grass?

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    Hello Farid, thank you for reaching out. Although vinyl flooring is waterproof, we do not recommend installing it in an outdoor area. Since it would not be in a temperature controlled environment, your floor could crack or swell due to temperature changes. If you have any other questions or would like to discuss this in more detail, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-520-0961. Thank you!

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    Hello,

    We have one of the question for your suggest pls. We have one space area. In this area outside. There is no any upper ceiling. There is only terrace area side. when it rains there is it becomes a complex rain water.This area Ground floor tile is ceramic. We would like to laying firstly Un­der­lay Solid-Pro­tect Re­si­li­ent floor cov­er­ings then we would like to laying on the flooring Solid Vinly.

    What do you suggest for us. It can be used for Terrace upside outside ?

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    Hi Tom – You should not install vinyl flooring in an area that does not have a way to control the temperature and humidity. A better solution would be Coretec WPC flooring as it does not expand and contract as much as vinyl or laminate would in these spaces. You may still void your warranty by installing it in a room that is not temperature controlled, but it is the best solution. If you have any questions or would like to purchase COREtec with us, please call at 1-800-520-0961.

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    tom live in fl temp,average runs between 78 degrees and 92 degrees.can i put a vinyl plank floor in an enclosed lanai. that does not have ac.

  22. Alana Kane

    Hi Dave, great question! For this circumstance, vinyl would be your best option. We would recommend a COREtec WPC Vinyl, as it has the most limited expansion and contraction. Vinyl will not crack with cold, but some may gap depending on contraction. Just be aware that most warranties will be voided if it is not in a temperature controlled environment. Let us know if you have any other questions!

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    I own a summer home that is vacated during the winter. We turn off the heat. We are considering installing vinyl flooring in the kitchen however temperatures can reach 30 degrees Fahrenheit inside the home during the winter. Can we use vinyl flooring or will it crack at low temperatures?

  24. Alana Kane

    Thanks for the question! Vinyl should last you years, and is actually a plastic composite material that is highly durable and waterproof. Like any flooring, the length of time it will last all comes down to proper maintenance, cleaning and handling. Most vinyls will also come with 10 year to lifetime warranties. You can read more about vinyl construction here: https://www.bestlaminate.com/help/vinyl-flooring-basics-what-you-need-to-know/

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    Is vinyl flooring is best for the long-term? Does it takes more than 5 years? Or it depends upon the quality of wood.

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    Hi James – If your patio is enclosed and has central heating and cooling, then yes you can install vinyl. If your patio is outside and the vinyl would be exposed to the weather, then unfortunately no you cannot install vinyl. You cannot use vinyl in an outdoor application. The blog article above explains why vinyl flooring cannot be installed outdoors and be exposed to the elements. If you have any questions, please feel free to respond to this comment!

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    I’ve got paving out on my patio. Can I have a new look on it with laying vinyl? And if so, what kind?