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Question DetailsAsked on 3/1/2017

What is the best outdoor carpet for a deck where temps. Reach over 110degrees and also gets rained on?

Deck is concrete. The carpet that was there when we bought looks like felt and is falling apart like a very thin, worn felt

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What you have may be rayon matting - sold a lot in the 90's, looks more like a carpet underlayment and is actually a synthetic felt, as you say. Tends to pack and wear down thin and be hard on the feet (not very padded) but does last a long time.

Not really a carpet environment - if in a basically dry area some natural mat type carpets like sisal and century plant fiber and cocoa mat do pretty well. Otherwise for wetter environment (or if will b ehit by sprinkler commonly) probably a totally plastic ventilated outdoor carpet or artificial grass with lots of holes, and preferably nubs on the back to minimize concrete contact and hence minimize mold/mildew growth.

In choosing it bear in mind if people will be sitting orplaying on it or not, or walking in bare feet - sisal and cocoa mats are quite itchy and poke the feet and skin, and astroturf type products are very hard on the skin when plahying on it - rug burn issues.

If you have pets - be aware, especially if it looks like artificial grass, they may decide that is their bathroom location.

Also - be sure you hold it back from the house edge say 3-4 inches (more like 8 in termite country if "deck"is at ground level), so it does not hold moisture against the house or provide a direct insect route under the csarpet to the house siding.

And keep the covering WELL away from any barbecue or such you may have on the deck - many of the outdoor carpets burn like napalm, and most of the natural ones can smolder for a long time without the fire being obvious.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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