Many people who are looking to beautify their condo patio or rooftop terrace, to create their own urban outdoor space regardless. Most outdoor areas in urban environments tend to be concrete, or brick surfaces, the down side being these hardscape elements tend to create cold dark spaces. The upside is concrete slab, patio pavers, and interlocking brick provide a blank canvass, perfect for using condo approved deck tiles to brighten the space. Deck tiles are similar in look to traditional decking, but are more like an outdoor deck flooring. There are many deck tile options to choose from, all are completely removable, and most projects can be completed in only one day!
Want to know why and where you should be using deck tiles? Read on!
Getting to know deck tiles
Before knowing why and where to use deck tiles, it will be best to know what they are first. These tiles are easy-to-install decking panels that are used to cover condo balcony slabs, tired traditional decks (that are still structurally sound) or 2 by 2 ft concrete pavers, and even interlocking brick. They can be made from different materials namely composite, rubber, wood, stone (porcelain) and a variety of virgin plastic materials. Deck tiles are very popular in condo renovation projects these days. They allow customers to RECLAIM their Condo balcony!
Do it Yourself? Or call the pros?
Deck tiles can be easy to work with, it really depends on the intricacies of your space, your knowledge of tools, desire to work with your hands and if you can fit the install into your busy life. If this doesn’t sound like you, there are a number of companies that will provide you a quote on the products, with or without installation services. Regardless of the product you select, be sure to find a product with at least a 10-year warranty, so you can still expect them to perform well in terms of aesthetics, functionality and stand up to the test of time. Once you have decided if you are going to hire a professional patio flooring installation company.
Why should you use deck tiles?
Deck tiles are an ideal choice for the urban environment due to these key factors.
- Low profile deck tiles will not interfere with door thresholds, or condo balcony railing heights.
- Completely removable
- Allows for ample drainage
- Be sure to find a deck tile that has been wind tested.
All of the above factors mean that deck tiles abide by condo bylaws.
They also come in a variety of colours, patterns and finishes that make them great for any style that you want to achieve. They are like a piece of decoration that can accentuate the area where you will install them. You can even mix and match colours and patterns if you want or just go for the traditional wood that will definitely still create a ‘wow’ factor.
Where can you use deck tiles?
If there is one word that will best describe deck tiles then that will be no less than ‘versatile’. They may be called deck tiles thus making you presume they are meant to be used on decks. Actually, you can use them in other areas beyond that too. Yes, besides using them on your deck or patio, you can also install them on front porches, and most commonly on Condo balconies.
Pretty much any solid, level, and self draining outdoor surfaces.
You may be quite surprised too that they are not just made for the outdoors. You can install them indoors too especially if you have a sunroom that leads to your patio. Use deck tiles in this regard to maintain the flow between the spaces in your sunroom and patio.
Other great ways to use deck tiles will be to utilize them as flooring for your children’s playhouse. It can also be used as a roofing instead of a flooring option.
You can also use them for special projects too like when you are creating a garden walkway or you want something to secure your pool’s edges.
Your best option would be to call one of the local companies, and talk about your options, if you want to install the tiles yourself, find a company that has at least a 10-year warranty, and get a rough idea on the cost per square foot over the phone.