outdoor-area-rugIf you have recently begun redecorating your home, the last place you are thinking about sprucing up is the outside, but with warmer weather right around the corner, it may be time to invest in new outdoor rugs for your home or apartment. Outdoor rugs can consist of something as simple as a doormat or something as wide-ranging as a patio carpet. Outdoor rugs are used for two main purposes: for safety and to help beautify a balcony, patio, or some other outdoor area.

What is an outdoor rug?

Outdoor rugs are simply thin fabric rugs made of extra durable and weather-resistant material. They can be used as a barrier between the inside and outside world or as a complete covering to hide an aging or cracked concrete patio or balcony. A quality outdoor rug can actually be quite expensive, which is why so many people have turned to online shopping for all of their outdoor rug needs. It is important that you keep in mind the dimensions and the color before shopping, although most reputable online sellers of outdoor rugs have comprehensive return policies in place just in case you make a mistake in judgment.

What are they made of?

Generally, outdoor rugs are made from a durable type of plastic known as polypropylene. This space age material cleans easily with a hose and is fade resistant, even through many summers and winters. Often times, however, these rugs will need to be sprayed down and cared for, otherwise water and mold can build up underneath them. As the old saying goes, the better you take care of your outdoor rug, the longer it will be there to provide the slip resistant footing you need in all of your outdoor spaces.

What to look for when buying one

If you are in the market for an outdoor rug, there are some important things to keep in mind. Make sure you have your dimensions down pat before you head online. You don’t want to have to cut off part of your rug to make it fit an area; it can speed up the rate in which your rug breaks down. You also want to make sure the colors offered match what you want. Most online retailers of outdoor rugs do offer returns, but they can be a bit of a hassle.

Color Choice

There is a reason why the majority of outdoor rugs come in greens and tans. They are inoffensive colors that tend to blend in with the world around them instead of drawing attention to themselves. That isn’t to say that if you want a bright orange outdoor rug, you won’t be able to find it; you may just have to shop around a bit more. Your rug should act as a complementary piece with your patio furniture or with your indoor furniture, unless of course you are “theming” your outdoor area and then all bets are off. No matter which color you choose, you can expect several years of performance from your outdoor rug before you have to toss it.

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