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Deck tiles provide a wonderful solution to cover up unsightly stained concrete surfaces on patios, balconies, and entry ways, faded decking, and other flat areas around the outdoors of your home or condo. They offer very elaborate and stylish patterns to give you the flexibility to create your own unique designs and finished appearances. You are free to mix and match the outdoor flooring tiles using a variety of colours or incorporate artificial grass tile inserts into the design.
Unlike decking planks, which are long boards cut to length to fit the outdoor surface, deck tiles are square pieces that connect together quickly and easily. In most cases, there is no need for nailing, screwing, or gluing the tiles to the surface. Rather, once they are assembled they sit directly onto of the existing surface.
They provide the same structural support and integrity of the underlying surface, too. However, it is important to note if the underlying surface is severely damaged, it does need to be repaired first before placing deck tiles over it to ensure proper support. The only exception is in cases where the tiles are being placed over concrete slabs that have minor cracking and chipping.
In big cities, like Toronto, they are well suited for use in smaller areas to give your outdoor spaces an original appearance. Since they are not glued, nailed, or screwed to the underlying surface, they are an ideal solution for renters, who want to add their own personal style to their outdoor areas, but do not want to worry about violating the terms and conditions of the lease. In addition, the deck tiles can be removed during the colder winter months and stored until the spring, if so desired.
One of the main benefits of deck tiles is the ability to have a beautiful looking outdoor surface in a day or less, depending on the size of the area where they are being installed. Installation can be performed either by an experienced contractor or as a do-it-yourself project.
If you choose to install them yourself, it is recommended to verify the tiles will fit correctly into the space and do not require cutting or shaping, such as if the area would leave a huge gap on one side because the tiles will not fit correctly without cutting them or if you have curved areas. Otherwise, in these situations, it is worthwhile to get help from a professional to ensure the tiles are installed correctly.
Many condo associations and condo developers are also discovering the benefits of outdoor deck tiles for use in common areas, like rooftop gardens. The light weight of the tiles and beauty they provide make them easy to maintain and upkeep. If a tile is accidently damaged, only that tile has to be replaced, rather than having to replace large sections of the decking.
For more information about outdoor deck tiles, materials, and design ideas, please feel free to contact Designer Deck by calling 905-669-5252 today and book a free home consultation.
DISCLAIMER for CONDO OWNERS: Please remember it is your responsibility to obtain permission from your condo association board before installing deck tiles in outdoor areas around your home.