Wood Deck Tile Installation Guidelines

Installing Wood Deck Tiles

We often say laying out and assembling wood deck tiles is like Lego for grown ups.  They are just so easy and simple to install. Our modular decking tiles eliminate high square footage construction cost and in many projects give you a better result than a traditionally constructed wood deck with greater durability. In addition, you can easily remove them in the future to service or reseal the substrate or pack them up and bring them with you if you move.

With modular decking tiles, do it yourself home improvement has never been so easy. Anyone can give their patio, roof top, deck or concrete walkway an amazing makeover in no time at all.

There are no adhesives, nails, screws or special tools to worry about - the precision made modular tiles simply click together for a perfect result every time. No uneven gaps, no nail heads or screw holes, just a great looking deck you'll be proud to admit that you installed all by yourself. You may need to cut the tiles to fit odd sizes and corners. We recommend a carbine tipped or diamond blade jigsaw for cutting the tiles and a rubber mallet for easy installation.

5 steps

1.) Clean the surface prior to installation. If desired the surface can be re-sealed prior to laying down the tiles ( this helps with roof top patios with water proof membranes).

2.) Start laying the tile. It is recommended to start laying the tile on one side and work your way out to the edges.

A)  Place a single tile in one corner of the area to be covered. ·

B) Taking a second tile, align the plastic connecting tabs on the outside edges of the tiles to be joined and push down firmly on the second tile close to the connection point. Sometimes a soft tap with a rubber mallet insure a tight click.

 C) Continue this process, adding tiles in both directions until the area is covered, ensuring each tile is securely locked to the next tile. Different patterns can be achieved by joining tiles so that the wood slats of adjacent tiles are aligned in different directions.  To fit around pipes, posts or corners, cut to fit using a jigsaw or handsaw, sawing through both the wood slats and plastic base. Take care to avoid the screws in the base. · When cutting irregular shapes, it is best to first make a template from a piece of stiff paper or cardboard. Make sure that cut slats remain securely attached to the plastic base with at least 2 screws. Extra screws may need to be inserted if any slats appear loose. (Blank screw holes are molded in the plastic base for this purpose).

D) To provide a smooth transition between the tiles and the base surface, optional reducer strips are available which lock securely to the outer row of tiles.

 

If dealing with an odd shape start with the edge that is most straight and work your way out. Use a rubber mallet to snap tiles in place by hitting the tiles gently on all corners. If the tiles do not snap in from the top easily, try snapping them in from the bottom of the adjacent tile by lifting that tile on to the other. You will get the hang of it after a few tiles.

 

3.) If you require custom fitting then you will need to modify some tiles on your final rows. First try to remove the wood slats from the polypropylene backing and cut the backing frame to the desired size. If your design needs a rounded shape you will need to cut across the wood slats. When cutting the tiles remember to remove the screws on your line so as to avoid hitting them with your blade. With a diamond blade you will find that you can often cut the tile and backing at the same time. Some clients also use the edge reducers to finish the edges. For example, you could start with an edge reducer from the outside of the deck and work your way in or from the inside out. It can be a simple alternative to cutting if the measurements work out.

 

4.) Fit your custom tiles into place for the final fitting. It is not uncommon to install rectangular and square decks in a few hours.

 

5.) You are done and can now enjoy a gorgeous high end hardwood patio area. There is nothing like walking on the warmth of wood. Enjoy a low maintenance genuine hardwood deck.