How to Install Slate Deck Tiles How to Install Slate Deck Tiles

What You'll Need
Slate tiles
Measuring tape
Jigsaw or handsaw
Carpenters square

Installing deck tiles is an easy way to polish the look of your deck with very little effort, however the job does require time, patience, and attention to detail. With deck tiles, there isn't a lot of room for error, it's a job you won't want to redo if it's not done right the first time. Taking some time before hand to understand the installation process will save you a headache down the road. Here's what you need to know if you are planning on installing your own tiles. 

Step 1: Gathering Materials

Be sure to measure the area of the deck that the tiles will be installed on. Accurate measurements before hand will allow you to purchase the right of amount of tiles, and not having to deal with the headache of trying to match a batch later if you run short. It's important to add some to the overall amount to allow for waste, since you may need to cut curves or corners in a few of the tiles. Any extra tiles can be stored in case one cracks or breaks later. It's also a good idea to have all the materials you'll need for the job handy. Gather the tiles, caulk, and your saw near you.

Step 2: Lay the Tiles Out

Before you start on installing the tiles, lay them out over the area you are covering. This will allow you to see what tiles need to be cut, and what kind of cuts you will need.

Step 3: Cut the Tiles

If you have tiles that need to be cut in order to fit, use your carpenters square to mark where the cuts should be. Use the saw to cut the tile in to the correct shape. Place the tile back on your layout before you start to install them just to be sure the fit will be tight.

Step 4: Installation

Deck tiles are designed to simply snap together. Start working on an outside corner and snap the tiles in to place. It takes a little pressure, and when you hear them click they are in place. Work in straight lines as you go around the deck snapping the tiles together. This will allow you a clear picture of how it's going to look, and will prevent you from losing your place if you are called away from the job.

Step 5: Caulk

Once all of the tiles are in place, you can go around and fill the space between the tiles with caulk. For a deck, it's best to use a weatherproof and mold resistant caulk. You can find caulk in the color of the tile, or opt for one that dries clear so it's not so noticeable. The caulk isn't a necessary step, but it will give the area a more professional look and help to keep the area clean.

That's all there is to it. Deck tiles are easy to install, and depending on the size of the area you are placing them, should only take an afternoon to finish the project.

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