What is the Cheapest Way to Cover a Patio?

By Paige Cerulli Created: March, 2024 - Modified: March, 2024

If your patio floor is worn, faded, or needs an upgrade, you can cover the patio with tiles. These coverings are available in many different materials, from the cheap and inexpensive to the more expensive investments. We’ve highlighted some top patio floor ideas, including the most affordable ways to cover your patio.

Top Low-Cost Patio Floor Ideas

Designed for outdoor use, these patio tiles are great options for your home.

Plastic Outdoor Tiles

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These plastic tiles are affordably priced and durable options suitable for your patio or porch.

Patio Outdoor Tile

Costing just over $4 per square foot, these Patio Outdoor Tiles are slip-resistant and waterproof. They’re flexible but offer a bit of cushioning, and water quickly drains through their perforations. You can install these tiles directly over a compacted surface or concrete.

StayLock Tile Perforated Black

The StayLock Tile Perforated costs about $4.50 per square foot. This PVC tile features a 20-inch fall height rating, which can help to make your patio or porch safer. The perforated tile drains quickly and can even be installed over a rubber roof membrane. It’s backed by a one-year limited warranty.

StayLock Tile Perforated Colors

The StayLock Tile Perforated Colors costs about $6 per square foot and is available in five colors, so you can customize the look of your deck or patio. It features a fall height rating and the PVC remains slip-resistant, even when damp. A secure interlocking system makes for an easy DIY-friendly installation.

Outdoor Court Tile XT3

The Outdoor Court Tile XT3 costs just over $5 per square foot and creates a comfortable cushioned surface so you can enjoy your patio. The tile is available in 16 colors and is highly durable. Tab and loop edges fit together securely for an easy installation, and you can also disconnect and remove the tiles if needed.

TurboTile Perforated Garage Floor

The TurboTile Perforated Garage Floor costs around $2.50 per square foot, making it one of the most affordable flooring options. The tile is slip-resistant and designed specifically for wet areas. It quickly drains water away, and is also supremely strong, rated to support a 10,000-pound static load, so you don’t have to worry about patio furniture damaging the tile. The tile is available in three colors.

Outdoor Carpet Tiles

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Outdoor carpet tiles can create a comfortable and cushioned surface ideal for use over cement. These tiles are also ideal for use in the heat since they won’t get as hot as concrete.

Grizzly Grass Carpet Tile

The Grizzly Grass Carpet Tile costs just under $2 per square foot. This waterproof tile dries quickly and naturally resists staining, soiling, and fading. Its peel-and-stick design makes for an easy and quick installation, and since the tiles measure 2x2 feet, you can quickly cover your whole deck or patio.

Style Smart Highland Carpet Tile

The Style Smart Highland Carpet Tile is available in eight color options and costs just over $1 per square foot. The tiles are colorfast to prevent fading and the fibers are made with up to 100% recycled purified plastic bottles, so this flooring is an eco-friendly choice. The tiles feature a peel-and-stick design, so you can easily install them over concrete and other hard, flat surfaces.

Rubber Tiles for Outdoors

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Rubber offers fantastic durability and strength, making it one of the best options to maximize your patio’s lifespan.

Sterling Athletic Rubber Tile

The Sterling Athletic Rubber Tile costs just under $7 per square foot. While it’s a more expensive flooring option, it’s durable enough to withstand heavy patio furniture, and the rubber is recycled, so it’s an eco-friendly choice. Hidden interlocks make for an easy installation, and the rubber has noise-absorbing properties, making your deck or patio a more enjoyable space.

Outdoor Turf for Patios

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Turf patio flooring creates a natural look and adds comfort to your patio.

Greatmats Select Landscape Turf

The Greatmats Select Landscape Turf costs just over $2 per square foot and has a realistic look, feel, and texture. This artificial turf is also weather-resistant and features UV protection to prevent fading. Its antimicrobial properties contribute to a safer and healthier patio environment for your whole family.

Chippers Choice Artificial Turf Roll

At just over $2 per square foot, the Chippers Choice Artificial Turf Roll is one of the more economically priced patio flooring options. This turf has a natural reaction underfoot and is a durable and safe patio flooring choice. It’s also virtually maintenance-free, so you can enjoy more time on the patio with your family than worrying about maintaining the surface.

Order Your Patio Flooring Today

These patio floor ideas are available at many different price points, so chances are some products here will fall within your budget. Contact Greatmats customer service today to learn more about the products, get shipping quotes, and place your patio paver order.