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Stone, porcelain stoneware or wood, slabs or blades for your terrace? The nature of the material and its integration into the project will guide your choice.

How to choose the right material for its terrace?

Material for the floor of a terrace: slabs and tiles

If your budget is comfortable, the stone remains the best choice: unalterable, it also gives free rein to creativity. Porcelain stoneware tiles have the advantage of a wide choice in terms of texture, size and price. Not to mention that it imitates almost all materials, including stone and wood. Finally, concrete also has its interest: inexpensive, it can just as unique look as imitate the stone. Mixed with colored chippings, it has the advantage of being non-slip even when wet.

Roman terrace and opus

Roman opus

The Roman opus is made from slabs of many sizes, but skilfully calepinées.

Terrace and opus incertum

Opus incertum

The opus incertum is composed of slabs with very irregular shapes arranged freely.

Terrace and calepinage

Layout with staggered joints

The offset (or regular) joint layout is designed in the same way as for an interior.

Terrace: slab patterns


Some slabs are cut to create circles (or rosettes) on your terrace.

Material for the floor of a terrace: cobblestones

To grout the pavers, sand is used whose characteristics are suitable for outdoor use. It is a mixture of sand and binder, designed for filling paver joints. Unlike regular sand, it is resistant to insect invasion, moss, grass and erosion caused by water and frost. It stabilizes all horizontal or sloping structures such as garage entrances, terraces or pool areas. Polymer sand for paver joints is applied dry and hardens after watering. It can be used with slabs of stone or concrete as well as with porcelain tiles.

Self-locking pavement terrace

Self locking

The interlocking pavers have the particularity to fit into each other. Their particular shape prevents lateral movement. They support the passage of very heavy vehicles. We have the choice between rounded shapes in S, I or H for
a reasonable cost.

Paved terrace free installation

Free laying paver

Free laying pavers require a longer and harder implementation. But the range of choices in terms of shapes, colors and finishes is much wider and allows more arrangements (rosettes, borders...). They also support the passage of heavy vehicles.

Molded paver

The molded pavers are fast and easy to install with regularity: indeed, they are very light and not very thick. They cost on the other hand more expensive. They are only used on non-passable surfaces. Some small products are preassembled on frames that fit together.

Material for the floor of a terrace: the wooden boards

The durability of wood depends on its essence and its treatment. There are two kinds of treatments.
The autoclave treats the wood and strengthens its resistance to moisture. The wood is evacuated in the autoclave, which makes it possible to offer greater penetration of the treatment products which are then introduced under pressure.
The retification (contraction of "cross-linking" that is to say, modifying and "roasting"), very high temperature treatment 100% natural, can greatly increase the hardness and durability of wood.

European wooden terrace

European wood, local essences

European woods, such as northern pine, must be treated either by autoclave or "rétifiés" (heat treatment) to be laid outdoors.
A fir tree very "weakly durable" (class 4) becomes "very durable" (class 1) after retification.

Exotic wood terrace

Wood and exotic species

Exotic woods, naturally rot-proof, are perfect outdoors. Make sure that the wood corresponds to class 4 (doussie, ipé, iroko, moabi, padouk...), or that he has received a treatment (azobé, bangkiraï, kempas...).

Composite wood deck

Composite wood

Composite wood (sawdust and polymer resins) is safe from insects, fungi and bad weather and requires no special maintenance.
Its anti-slip blades are cleaned with diluted bleach and do not produce splinters.

Learn more about the terraces with System D:

  • Terrace: choose the floor covering
  • To guarantee the maintenance of the work
  • Terrace materials: the right choice
  • Install a terrace: regulations
  • Features to know
  • Know the standards to choose well
  • Create a terrace border
  • Create a wooden deck
  • The different types of laying a wooden deck
  • How to protect your wooden deck?
  • Tiling a terrace: Sealed laying on a thin mortar bed
  • Tiling a terrace: laying glued on a concrete slab
  • Tile a terrace: laying on a bed of sand
  • Tile a terrace: how to make the joints?
  • Outdoor flooring: how to maintain the stone?
  • Terraced floor coverings: guaranteeing the maintenance of the structure
  • Create a terrace border
  • ...

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