Installing Outdoor Tile Over a Wood Deck - Options
By Created: August, 2017 - Modified: July, 2021
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Virtually any do-it-yourself deck flooring can be installed over hardwood. By installing outdoor tile over wood deck surfaces, you can give your old wood deck a complete makeover. Not only that, but you can actually protect your deck from further damage. Before you move forward with installing outdoor tile over a wood deck, however, you need to consider a few things to make certain your deck is up for the job.
Assess Condition of the Wood Deck
However, if the wood is rotting or decaying, your deck may be unsafe. Given just the right environment, decay fungi can grow on wood and eat away at it. This fungi will actually deplete the strength of the wood. Further, once wood starts rotting, it can become susceptible to termites, which will also eat away at the wood. Thoroughly check all parts of your deck in order to make sure any damage is merely surface level.
Watch for Structural Warning Signs
If deeper damage is localized, you may be able to repair it or replace single beams. However, if the damage seems to be widespread, you may have to consider replacing it entirely.
Consider Deck's Environment
When it comes to working with wood, it is particularly important to consider moisture levels. Installing outdoor tile over wood deck can potentially create a situation where moisture gets trapped beneath the wood deck tiles. With enough moisture, wood becomes vulnerable to decay and rotting.
Obviously, you don't want to set yourself up for even more damage by creating space for fungi to flourish. Thus, if you live in a place with high humidity and a wet climate, you should consider installing raised tiles that will allow enough air flow between the tile and the hardwood. You can also choose waterproof and watertight materials for added protection.
Deck Surface Factors
Make sure your deck is clean of dirt, grime and other objects before installing wood decking tiles. This will make installation easier and will keep all new materials in the best condition. If you wash your deck with water, make sure the wood is dry before installation.
Installing Outdoor Tiles Over the Wood Deck
Some of the most popular deck tile materials include wood, plastic, foam and rubber. Each of these materials come in a variety of styles, from wood-grain to slate and every color in between.
Although there exists a wide variety of options for installing outdoor tile over wood deck, every Greatmats' tile has a few things in common: quality, durability and ease of installation. Each outdoor deck tile is created to remain long-lasting even with the challenges outdoor flooring faces: furniture, foot-traffic, weather and fluctuating temperatures. If you need assistance navigating all your options, Greatmats' customer service is here to help you land your perfect deck tile flooring match.
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