Install Deck Tiles Yourself
You can be quickly and easily Resurface your deck by using interlocking deck tiles. There's very little surface preparation, materials or carpentry skills required.
There are two advantages in using deck tiles.
- Weather Resistant
Snow, rain, or hail is not likely to damage or deteriorate deck tiles. For this reason, you can use them for pool decks and hot tub decks, in addition to patio decks.
- Good For Covering Hard Surfaces
Although it is usually a challenge to cover hard surface because of the difficulty in tacking down traditional floor covering. With deck tiles, however, you can easily and safely cover surfaces such as balconies, patios, veranda, decks, rooftop decks, and outside entrances.
Because this method of resurfacing is so simple and fast, you can easily make different deck designs by combining tiles from other tile styles, changing styles whenever you desire. If you are remodeling or covering a front porch for example, you can make different designs for different seasons.
It's simple to install deck tiles in these 3 steps:
Step 1-Measure The Area To Be Covered
This step is necessary because it will help you determine how many tiles you will need. And keep in mind, you might need extra tiles if you have to cut any of them to fit odd shaped areas or curves.
Step 2-Laying Your Tiles
When you're ready to begin laying your tiles, start by laying them at one corner of the area to be covered. Place the first tile in position and then lock the adjacent tile in place by pushing it down to engage the special connecting tabs on the sides of each tile.
Continue snapping them into position until the complete area is covered and all the tiles are securely locked in place to each adjacent tile.
Step 3-Cutting Tiles To Fit
The problem of fitting tiles around pipes, posts, or corners can be resolved by simply cutting out the required shape from the tile, using a jigsaw or handsaw and then locking the tile into place. To make the job even easier, you can make a template of light cardboard the same size as the tile. Using this template will not only make the task easier, it will also help you avoid making mistakes in cutting the tile to shape. If there are screws in cutout sections of the surface, they should be replaced at appropriate points in the remaining part of the tile to ensure that all slats are securely fastened to the base.
If you want to hide plastic connecting tabs on the outermost row of tiles, you can get reducer strips that click easily into place onto the outer row of tiles. To fit tile at corners you can get mitered reducer strips that are usually sold in pairs.
Everything considered, installing tiles on your deck will likely be one of the least complicated and least labor intensive methods you will find to cover your deck.