Installing deck tiles: A How-To Guide

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Deck tiles is a great project for the first time do-it-yourself type. The product that is used for this project is easy to use, and looks great. The best part is that this project could be done in as little as a day in some cases. If you are unsure about what deck tiles are, or if they are right for you, you can find free samples and ideas at websites and retailers.

The tiles are made of out a high-quality recycled teak, or other type of wood that is attached to a plastic crate mesh material. The slats are fastened with galvanized screws that makes the construction nearly weather proof. The actual tiles are easy to manipulate, cut and move as they are light weight and designed to be interchangeable and portable. If you have a flat surface that already has a product covering like an old deck, even concrete patio, or even a roof-top garden, these tiles will be a great way to easily and cost effectively transform the space.

Installing Deck Tiles Materials List

For installation there is very little that is needed above the actual tiles. The follow is a short list of tools that will come in handy for the project.

  • Tiles. It is wise to order approximately 10 percent more than what is needed to allow for cuts that might need to be made.
  • Borders. If you are planning on installing a matching border around the perimeter of the tile work you will need to measure to see how much product will be needed.
  • Jigsaw. Teak is a very strong and dense type of wood. When making cuts, a regular hand saw might require a lot more effort, and can result in rough looking cuts.
  • Hand sander. This should be used after cuts are made to help smooth down edges, and to avoid injury on sharp edges.
  • Cardboard. When preparing to make cut, say along a beam or pipe, it is best to use cardboard cutouts that are already cut to the size of the tile. This way, transferring the type if cut that needs to be made is easy and cost effective.
  • Pencil. This is so that you can make markings on tiles if they need to be cut.
  • Measuring tape. This is an important tool as you work. Make sure you measure all the aspect of the area you plan to cover, so that you can plan on making necessary adjustments with the tiles.

Tile with a capital “T”

To begin your project you will want to make a capital letter “T” shape. The top of the “T” shape should be a straight wall that the tiles will run along. Tip: make sure you leave enough room for the border if installing one. Then in the middle of the “T” run another line of tiles perpendicular to the first line creating the letter “T.” Once that step is accomplished, you can simply run the rest of the tiles together. They are interlocking with male and female snaps, so there is no need for glue, and if a tile needs to be moved, it is literally a snap to do.

For cuts that need to be made you will need to first measure the area that is going to need an altered tile. Using your tape measure, measure all the specific areas that need to be adjusted. For instance, if the area is a pole, make sure to measure thoroughly around the pole, and then marking them on a cardboard cutout. You should draw the shape that will need to be removed from the tile on the cardboard accurately. Then cut the cardboard to shape, test it, and transfer the results onto the tile. This way you guarantee that your cut is accurate.

Using your jigsaw, carefully cut out the shape that you transferred onto the tile. If a galvanized screw is in the way, you can simply relocate it to another part of the base of the tile. Once done, sand the edges for a smooth finish, and install like the others.

This is a simple project that can make a big difference!

For more detailed information, take a look at this detailed video about how to install deck tiles.

Find out more about deck tiles and how to buy them, and then enjoy your new, low-maintenance outdoor surface this spring!

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.