Deck Tile Direct is wholesale distributor of decking tile products.

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About Deck Tiles

Deck Tiles & Modular decking Tiles allow you to create a gorgeous custom hardwood deck without having to pay for expensive and complicated construction. They can be installed easily and quickly on any even surface. Applications include, balconies, roof decks, patios, walkways and ground level concrete patios. Typically our tiles cost more per square foot in material in comparison to buying straight lumber for decking, however, when installation is this easy it will cut your installation cost and final cost of the deck usually by 2/3rds. You will have a deck that is removable and re-usable and looks as good if not better than any high end hardwood deck. In fact many have said that our decking tiles create a contemporary yet modern look. The difference is, no twisted deck boards, no hardware showing on the surface, if a tile is damaged simply replace with a new one, it's that easy! Below is our hardwoodhome mascot, yes deck tiles are safe for dogs and do not scratch easily.

There are no adhesives, nails, screws or special tools to worry about - the tiles can be installed over ANY even surface including concrete, fiberglass coatings, roofing membrane, old ceramic tile, old weathered wood decks and even bare ground (if properly prepared). No need for expensive demolition or removal, which loads up our landfills and creates waste. Simply re- surface with this beautiful and durable turn key decking system.

Is it really simple to install?

Deck tiles snap and click into place over your existing surface. This surface could be an old concrete patio, an existing wood deck, or even a pressure treated frame. With decking tiles you can create your own individual deck design by using different wodo tiles together or alternating the direction or offseting the tiles to create a offset brick look. You can also use the design tiles for borders or centerpiece accents. Or use these unique tiles across the whole area for one of the most gorgeous looking decks you can imagine. The design capability is endless with our deck tiles..

What about fitting around pipes or odd shaped areas?

Just cut the deck tiles to fit the required shape with a jigsaw or handsaw or doorknob drill. A miter saw will give you a very clean straight cut across the tile. Tiles can be cut in any way even rounded cuts. Be careful to remove any screws that may be in the way of your cut line. We also recommend using a new blade or diamond tipped blade to make cutting easier and cleaner

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Will the deck tiles last a long time?

This will vary among the different product lines and quality. For instance Ipe hardwood timber is highly resistant to decay and insect attack, for up to 40 years! Ironwoods liek Ipe, Curupay, Rosewood will not rot, split or crack like soft woods such as cedar and redwood, even if left untreated. The Atlantic City, New Jersey boardwalk was re-built with ironwood as was the Treasure Island Casino boardwalk in Las Vegas. Ironwoods are the wood of choice for commercial applications with heavy traffic. The polypropylene backing on these tiles is stronger than conventional plastics and will not crack or degrade over time. We stabilize the base with a UV resistant compound which prevents the base from breaking down over time. The frame is what allows for free and clear drainage when you run the hose over the deck or if it rains. This backing system is the best available and will last a lifetime of use.

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Is it expensive compared to traditional deck building?

Compared with the cost of deck building using conventional wood deck materials even pressure treated pine, there will be immense savings. Consider there is no need for plans to be drawn up. You can create your own individual deck design with the three distinct tile styles for unlimited design possibilities. In addition you will have a hardwood deck that would normally cost many thousands of dollars to install and build by a professional carpenter/deck builder. Trex and composites are on average about $15 per square foot installed nationwide. Typical cost of building and Ipe hardwood deck per square foot is between $30-$45 dollars per sq ft! Ask your local deck builder in your area. Deck tiles are a great deal considering you can install them yourself and save the installation cost. In addition you will not have builders through your house and dirty construction hassles. Decking tile installations are usually finished within a day or two of receiving the product.Our tiles use over 1 lineal foot of hardwood per tile, that is a 3-4 dollar value alone.

Where can tiles be used?

Practically any solid, even well drained surface. Our deck tiles were designed for rubber membrane surfaces or any other even sturdy surface, however this does not limit them only to these applications. The backing will not damage the surface underneath. the tiles work perfectly over waterproof membranes, fibergalss coating or EPDM roofing material. They can be used in courtyards, balconies, patios, porches, roof tops, hot tub surrounds, pool surrounds, garden paths, boat decks, garages, gazebos, sun rooms, basements, old wood decks campgrounds…..anywhere you would like a beautiful wood deck to walk on. You can even use this system to build a temporary floor for weddings or trade shows.

Are the tiles affected by water or heavy rainfall in any way?

Due to the gaps between the wood and the specially designed frame base, any water drains away quickly and freely. No water remains trapped or in extended contact with the wood. Some competitive products on the market will channel water in a certain direction and the tiles can only be removed from the edge of the deck. Often times we have customers who have had bad experiences with hardwood decks, especially on roof decks. This is usually because of high moisture buildup on the underside of the decking(between the sub floor and decking. This will warp and twist the wood as the surface dries but the underside remains moist. This is called cupping or checking. Our tiles will not cup because of the adequate air flow under the tiles and under the wood. All moisture and heat are released through the tile preventing the wood from checking. In addition the wood slats are not long enough to experience bowing and twisting. This is a great advantage over traditional hardwood decking.


Can the wood slats come loose?

Not our hand made tiles. Each wood slat is secured to the poly base by three corrosion resistant stainless screws. Some of our products use stainless screws, and others are coated. The screws are under the tile and sit off the ground so there is no water contact with the metal screws. We have seen deck tiles on the market that use adhesives or flimsy screws which are not properly set into the wood. With these products the wood will come loose over time with foot traffic and eventually cause a tripping hazard.

It is important to have the screws set into the hardwood at least 1/4 inch depth. Any less and the wood could come loose or come of entirely. We have seen product on the market that only have the screws set into the wood 1/8th inch which is simply not enough. We have also seen deck tiles that have screws inconsistently.


What are some of the advantages between installing a decking tile system versus a traditional deck?

Since you can install the deck tiles yourself, the difference in installation cost is huge. Also, if you compare the material cost of building a hardwood deck the traditional way, the materials and labor cost would be far higher. Typically you can expect that a deck tile installation will be a half the cost of building a conventional hardwood deck of the same size. Deck tiles also offer portability and can easily be taken up to service underneath (if on a roof deck). They can easily be reinstalled in another location as required if you move or sell your home. Your investment in the material is not compromised. You cannot say the same for a built in permanent deck.


Can the tiles be installed over a timber frame or joist system?

Yes. Provided that the joists are 12" off center and leveled with a laser level and the frame is sturdy, you can install the tiles over the joists. Your only limitation is the direction of the tiles; they must be installed perpendicular to the joists. Pedestal systems can be installed under the frame to even out any slanting or grade of the surface if working with a sloped roof deck. If you would like to lay patterned tiles you may by adding a surface 2 x 6 pressure treated spaced out every inch or so overt he surface. Lay tghe tiles on top as you final surface and you have a hardwood deck that will last a lifetime.


How long is the warranty?

Our (Ipe) decking tiles have the same CFPA A 1 fire rating as concrete and steel. You can use decking tiles in barbeque areas without worry. Hardwoods of this density have extremely high fire ratings and will not burn easily. Every other hardwood product except for the Ipe tiles are Class B fire rated which is considered high.


Can the tiles be laid over an existing weathered wood deck?


Provided the surface and supporting framework are structurally sound and the surface is even. Resurfacing old wood decks with our tiles allows you to remove to service the deck underneath in the future.


Can the tiles be removed once laid down?

Yes. The tiles can be removed as quickly as they were put down giving you the advantage of portability if you move or sell your home or to re-seal and clean underneath the tiles, we recommend this be done at a minimum of every five to ten years.


Can the tiles be laid on a sloping roof deck?

Our decking tiles will flex and will conform to the natural slopes of your surface. Slope away from the home is the normal pattern for drainage. The tiles lay out much like a rug in that the tiles will sit and conform to the depressions of the surface.

Should you have any questions which we may not have answered here please call us at 1 888 335 8453. We are open Mon-Fri 8AM-4PM PST


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