On Sun, 27 Mar 2011 12:59:22 -0700 (PDT), gcotterl
I use a broom to get rid of debris on my patio.
Don't think you'll find tiles that dry any faster than a smooth
Without sloping toward a center drain system, best you can do is slope
from the center to the edges.
You might find certain paver setups shed water more water quickly than
tile or concrete.
A bit more expensive and they have to be maintained, but look good.
I just use a broom on my concrete patio to push plant debris into the
surrounding flower beds unless there's other junk there.
Then I use a dust pan or shovel and throw it in the trash.
Never hosed it down. Rain washes it anyway..
The tiles/pavers can't be more than 1 inch or so thick -- so they
don't interfere with an outward-swinging entry door. There must also
be a "transition" from the top of the tiles/pavers down to a concrete
sidewalk (otherwise, there'd be a tripping-hazard).
I like the 'rubberized tile' items they've posted but the cost may be quite
high. Here's a simpler solution and one you may not have thought of because
the industry has changed a lot. Outdoor carpets aren't just fake green
We have one in our 13x11ft sunroom. A nice berber, shades of brown. Heavy
rain causes the floor to get wet but everything back there is designed
around that. I'm in the hurricane area of east coast.
The screened porch at 13x44ft has the old type fake grass but that piece has
been there for close to 20 years now. We just roll both up (every year or
so) and take to the backyard to clean underneath then hose the carpets down
well and put them back in place once dry.
The rest of the time, we use a vacumn cleaner on them.
The green grass one isn't what you are looking for I know, but I mention it
for the longevity. The berber is a high traffic area with cats, kids, 3
dogs, and gets sopping wet at least along the outer edges of the sunroom as
much as 6 times a year. A piece of the berber was trimmed and used for the
edging on the porch leading out to the sidewalk and gets wet every time it
rains (1/2 in direct sun, the rest inside screened porch). The berber is
holding up fine, with 4 years of that.
If I were to redo the screened porch carpet, I'd get more of the berber
though the faster drying grassy stuff has it's point. I'd change the color
Never heard of such a thing. Drain-through rubber safety matting for wet
areas (like they use in kitchens, and in the man-way at automatic
car-washes) would work, but it would look like crap. Available in
brick-red and black, never seen any other colors, but they may be out there.
Cheap alternative- flip-flop sandals.
Expensive alternative- that epoxy-and-pea-gravel surface treatment like
rich people use around their pools. Drains through and drys quickly.
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