Many of my condo clients weren’t happy with the drab, cold and unwelcoming concrete slabs – aka balconies – hanging off their bedrooms and living rooms. They felt like the balcony was wasted space that detracted from their efforts to establish their style and taste throughout the interior.

Having an enjoyable and visually appealing outdoor space is as important to every urban dwelling condo owner as it is to suburbanites. It increases enjoyment and quality of life. Perhaps more importantly, from a Realtor’s perspective, it can increase market appeal for your client’s condo. That means a faster sale, for more money.

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Adding high-quality outdoor flooring is one of the quickest, easiest and most effective ways to instantly boost the esthetic appeal of a condo balcony. Here are five ways outdoor flooring can increase visual and market value.

Better view:

We already know that a city, lake or park view is a desirable asset that increases enjoyment and market value. Step back a moment, literally, into the living room of any condo client. What does your eye register just this side of that exterior image? You see the balcony and its floor. Outdoor flooring enhances any view from the inside looking out. It makes the total living space look warm, finished, and inviting.

More space:

Having the right outdoor solution creates a whole new room. It’s square footage the homeowner may never have realized they had. What condo owner doesn’t desire more space? Outdoor flooring creates a beautiful new outdoor oasis that simply makes the unit feel bigger. When potential buyers come looking for a new condo to call home, they’ll perceive more value in the condo that offers a balcony finished with the right outdoor flooring.

Low maintenance:

Condo owners are attracted to the lifestyle at least in part due to the lower maintenance when compared to single-family home ownership. With open-profile, interlocking types of outdoor flooring deck tiles, water and small debris fall through and are washed away, leaving the floor surface cleaner, drier and more accessible more often. Outdoor flooring products made of wood do require limited maintenance, especially to protect against the UV rays in the sun. Otherwise, the cleaning approach already employed on interior floors is all that’s needed for other types of outdoor flooring: the occasional sweep, vacuum or damp mop.

Rule friendly:

While the homeowner has exclusive use of their balcony, the balcony itself is considered an exclusive use common element. That means it forms part of the overall building envelope. A professionally installed modular deck tile system adds increased protection to both the balcony surface and building envelope, which is a benefit for the suite owner and the condo corporation or strata council. Because it is a floating floor, not affixed to the balcony surface, railing or building walls, it does not contravene bylaws or rules. And it is an additional protective layer on the balcony surface. More protection means less strain on the reserve fund and maintenance budget, helping to keep maintenance fees lower.

Selling feature:

If the kitchen sells the house, then a clean rich-looking and professionally installed balcony floor sells the condo. If home staging of the interior is key to a quick and competitive sale, a beautiful outdoor floor system will help you attract more buyers willing to pay more money.  It will also give investors the ability to attract better tenants by providing them with the added value of a clean and safe outdoor experience without having to leave home.

In my search for the perfect solution for my clients, I discovered very few truly high-quality options, but I was so taken by industry pioneer Kandy Outdoor Flooring that I joined their team. They have a fully supported and superior quality solution that’s easy for the client to understand and implement.


  1. Adam,

    How about mentioning other balcony flooring companies so to provide a balanced article? We’d love a shout out at Outdoor Floors Toronto!

  2. I am surprised that REM now openly advertises a retailer on this site. Actually, I am disappointed. It would have been sufficient to make suggestions as to what options there are available since the product cannot be permanent. I personally have used “composite squares” that just hook in and are easy to cut to size. I have also have seen people forced to remove porcelain tiles due to them being considered permanent and not allowed in a common area.

    • Hello Sabine
      The article focuses on the challenges that condo owners have with their outdoor space and what can be done with an outdoor space and the benefits that condo owners may not be aware exist. We have been providing and installing outdoor flooring for 7 years and were are the pioneers of this industry and we still find many condo owners who do not realize there are options for their outdoor space. The article is about educating condo owners because if we do not educate who will.
      Thanks Doug

      • I understand what the article was about and don’t disagree with it. I am just not a fan of retail business being paddled in this forum. Next thing will be that I write an article about interior design and sign it with my name and mention that I am a consultant to a specific design business and add a link to that company. My personal opinion. Nothing more, nothing less. BTW I have seen you on Dragon’s Den and this was just another way to promote your business. I actually like your company’s set-up and how your are marketing these products. I am not taking anything away from what you are doing. I just don’t like that REM provides a forum to advertise specific companies. The very same article without the link (and without the author mentioning his affiliation) would have been enough for individuals to do their own research. Google is our friend.

    • This is a supremely good readership engagement and learning tool permitted by our REM editor Jim.

      I, for one, would actually like to see more of this sort of article, not meant as free advertising, but rather as an educational nod. Especially if such leads to a better result for buyers and sellers. A little promo can go a long way in the education realm. And providing a person point of contact is a very useful tool in this regard. Doesn’t mean people have to do business with any particular person or company as such. But if that person is willing to take inquiries, it might actually lead to real estate business itself being consummated (or agent referrals out of their area of geographical expertise); of course depending on the person’s real estate related skill set.

      Since the real estate industry is responsible for and so tied to consumerism in other arenas it would also be great to hear comments on interior products that people are happy with or had success with, or not. And the liberty to name such brands would be abundantly useful and helpful in searching out or elimination. Not to denigrate; simply provide the real life facts.

      For example: exceptional value brand products, including appliances, that might be of interest to those renovating their investment properties, or in fact property bought for their own use.

      The enveloped industries that only succeed when the real estate market moves, regardless of area, or dollar value, are literally made by our market strength. It’s costly to replace everything from carpeting, tiles, to hardwood (should you invest in the real thing?or a faux brand); there are some better than others.

      Then of course there’s always the roof (including shingles’ life) decisions. And HVAC systems.

      Kitchen cabinetry often presents another dilemma and offers an opportunity to perhaps increase selling value more than any other. Should you buy the most expensive or the lesser cost? Dark or light? Trendy or historically “useful.” DIY, or hire an expert. Many agents have a great amount of experience in such, and likely could add value to REM readership.

      It would be equally important to express personal opinions or opinions gleaned from clients, as to quality relative to value. The term 20 year economic life has long since died, replaced by planned obsolescence.

      A good example as told to me by an appliances repairman who said you have no idea how many motherboards in high-end refrigerators he had replaced at the 4-year mark. Some of us remember when fridges lasted twenty years or more.

      For example I won a full set of kitchen appliances, including main floor laundry washer and dryer, as a top producing agent one year (by the way, that’s considered a taxable benefit and that year I had to account for such bonuses to the tune of 16k); I was provided cash coupons and could make my own appliance choice.

      My appliances were several years old but well taken care of and looked brand new. I donated all of them to a church senior couple through a colleague, who had just moved into a new house (they had not been my clients), who were most appreciative.

      The example point being, I replaced my washer with a front loader. I would never buy another one. Likewise a high-end refrigerator brand name that only lasted four years. Outrageous.

      Carolyne L ?

  3. I had a client have to remove all the outdoor flooring they had just installed because it shortened the distance to the top of the railing and was no longer the minimum height distance for building code. Beware of this.

    • Tracey,

      Sorry to hear that. Yes, there must be a minimum balcony railing height of 42 inches after the floor is installed. Most newer buildings are above 43”, making it a non issue. Also keep mind that balcony flooring tiles come in different thicknesses, typically 0.5 to 1”.

      • I forgot to mention that the railing height can be increased “after the fact” (after balcony flooring is installed) by using special railing extenders so to get to the 42-inch mark or above.


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