Balconies are a great addition to any apartment or condo that allows you to extend your living space and have an outdoor area that you can enjoy by yourself or with friends. However, it can be difficult to enjoy your balcony when there are basic design issues such as uneven balcony flooring. What causes uneven balcony flooring? And what can you do about uneven balcony flooring? The following guide will help you learn more about what can cause this issue and the best potential solutions to even out your uneven balcony floor.
What Causes Uneven Balcony Flooring?
There are several things which can cause uneven balcony flooring. In some cases, the uneven flooring is caused by underlying structural issues which need to be addressed and resolved by professionals.
However, in many cases, the uneven flooring is caused by more superficial issues. These issues can include improper installation of balcony flooring as well as damage to existing flooring. Damage can be particularly common for flooring made with wood or tile toppers over the concrete balcony foundation.
4 Potential Solutions for Uneven Balcony Flooring
If you have uneven balcony flooring, there are some things you can do to remedy the issue in order to enjoy your balcony to the fullest again.
If you have lots of patience and time, then tiles are a great way to solve the issue of uneven balcony flooring.
Tiles can be placed down on balconies in the same way that you would apply tiles to a bathroom or kitchen floor. Make sure to go slowly and carefully, and always measure out the space before you commit to setting down tiles. You should also make sure to look for tiles that are suitable for an outdoor space; you’ll want to seal them with some water-repellent material in order to reduce the chances of water damage.
Of course, because of the work and installation required for tiles, they aren’t an ideal solution for renters.
Another solution for uneven balcony flooring – and a more suitable solution for renters – is laying down floor mats.
Floor mats are a flexible solution that can be easily removed or replaced, unlike tiles which would take much more effort and time to remove in case you’d like to change them or need to fix a tile-laying error. Mats, on the other hand, do not require installation. They only need to be placed down on the balcony flooring. For best results, you’ll want to get enough mats to line your balcony space, so that there is no uneven “dip” where the mat is covering an uneven section of the balcony floor.
Mats might not be the most aesthetically pleasing option, but you can always cover them up with an outdoor rug.
3. Change your Furniture Layout
If your uneven balcony floor is not due to a structural issue and is only impacting a small area of your space, consider making a simple change to your balcony layout to cover it up.
Hang a swing chair over the area and place a small rug underneath it. Or simply place a large pouf or planter over the uneven space.
4. Consult a Professional
Finally, there are some cases where it is best to consult a professional for uneven balcony flooring.
If you suspect the uneven flooring is caused by a structural issue, then you should call in a professional or, if you’re renting, ask your building management to do so. You may also want to consult a professional if the above tile and mat solutions do not work for you, or do not create results that you are satisfied with on your balcony.
If your balcony has uneven flooring, make sure to try out one of the above solutions or consult a professional for their assistance.