Wooden deck tiles can dress up a concrete patio nicely. They help give the patio a classier and warmer appearance that is sure to get the attention of your guests. Wooden deck tiles come in many shapes, styles and colors, so you are bound to find the style that will complement the design theme of your home.
Step 1 – Get the Dimension of the Area on which Tiles will be Placed
Measure the square footage of the entire concreted area that will be installed with deck tiles. It is necessary to take an accurate measurement so you can have a realistic expectation as to how many tiles are needed. Make sure that you also consider the width and length of the edgings. Measure the area that is allotted for your edgings and use this measurement to calculate the number of tiles you will need for this portion.
Step 2 – Placing the First Tile
Find the corner of the concreted area that is the most visible. This will be the corner that is viewed from the place where people typically stand or congregate. Place the edgings at the two exterior sides of the corner. After this, lay the first tile. You should make sure that the male connectors of the edging tiles are facing inwards. This will make it easy for you to install the next set of interlocking tiles.
Step 3 – Start Installing the Rest of the Tiles
This is the easy part. Once you have placed the corner tile, you can begin installing the rest. Just make sure that the male connectors are well inserted into the female grooves of the tiles. To make it easier for you, arrange the tiles in the order of how it should be place. This will speed up the installation since you won't have to stop and see if the tiles are in the right positions.
Step 4 –Tiling around Obstructions
There may be obstructions along the area where you are installing the tiles. If this happens, you will have to reshape the tiles according to the shape of the obstruction. The best way to reshape the tiles is to create a template that can be used as a pattern for the tiles. To do this, lay some tracing paper around the obstruction and mark the shape with a pencil. Next lay the tracing paper on a thicker, sturdier surface, such as construction paper or cardboard. Cut out the shape of the obstruction on the thicker substance. This will be used as the template when you cut your tiles. Lay the template on the tiles and use a tile saw to reshape your tiles.
Step 5 – Placing the Edgings
Now that all the tiles have been placed, lock it in place by installing the edgings. To ensure that the connections between the edgings are secure, cut the ends with a 45-degree slant using a miter saw. Afterwards, connect the edgings until you have secured the entire tiled area. Drill holes on the edgings small enough for the screws. Once done, drive in the screws to lock the edgings to the base. Paint the screw heads with a color similar to that of the wooden tiles.