Interlocking Patio Tiles, How to Lay Outdoor Tiles on Dirt
How to install deck tiles on uneven surface
Related Product: StayLock Tile Perforated Colors
By Julia Nass
Learn how to lay outdoor tiles on dirt and how to use interlocking patio tiles over grass.
Many companies only sell patio tiles that work when installed over even, flat and hard ground. Although that kind of ground is ideal for installing patio tiles, it's unrealistic to think all outdoor spaces have such prime patio conditions. Whether they're made of soft grass, bumpy dirt or uneven sand, outside grounds come in many challenging varieties.
Because so many patio tiles are made to be installed over hard, flat ground only, many people think the only way to work with ground problems is by renting large, expensive equipment to deal with them. Of course, this can get pricey. Hiring people and equipment for landscaping work is a serious investment. Although equipment and manpower is sometimes necessary to create the foundation of a patio, there are other options to consider.
By any account, the easiest solution is to choose a tile that will work with whatever ground you've got. It's important to remember that not every patio tile is made the same. Every patio tile has different features that lend themselves to specific environments. The following will walk you through a few different products available at Greatmats.com that work well over irregular surfaces.
Keep in mind that patio tiles installed over uneven ground will still have an uneven surface once the tiles are installed because they bend and flex to fit the existing surface.
How to Lay Outdoor Tiles on Dirt or Grass
- Lay down landscape fabric geo mesh in the are you'd like to cover.
- Follow the manufacturer's recommended installation instructions for any of the following products.
StayLock Perforated PVC Tiles
Greatmats' PVC StayLock perforated tiles can be installed over many surfaces, including grass or sand. These perforated patio tiles are flexible, so they can bend and adhere to surface irregularities. You can also easily cut tiles to fit any space.
Installation is as easy as snapping together tiles. No other adhesives or tools are needed for tiles to stay connected. If installing over sand, it's recommended to first put down a layer of geo mesh. Besides that, however, no extra work is necessary to create a patio.
Other Patio Perks
Staylock patio tiles are designed for the outdoors. They are waterproof, UV treated, and chemical-tested for lasting quality and safety. You can shovel snow off them in the winter and keep them clean by simply sweeping or hosing them off.
Where your bare feet didn't want to walk before, they will be happy to with Staylock tiles. These patio tiles are comfortable for bare feet and have a ASTM fall height rating of 20 inches.
Because of their drain-through feature, these patio tiles work particularly well around wet areas. Water won't pool up on them, so they are slip-resistant and mold-resistant. Further, they are great for kiddos and play areas.These interlocking patio tiles come in several different colors including black and grey.
Artificial Deck Turf Tiles
Artificial deck turf tiles are another flexible tile option that can be installed over irregular ground. Deck turf tiles are made with two durable and flexible plastic tubes connecting wooden slats, which allows the turf tiles adjust to uneven surfaces.
Whether you're resurfacing or putting artificial deck turf tiles in at ground level, installation is a cakewalk. Deck turf tiles are a dry lay; no extra adhesives are required. Although the tiles themselves will conform to uneven ground, it's important to keep in mind that tiles are free floating. Thus, if your ground slopes, you might be better off with an interlocking or adhesive tile.
Other Patio Perks
Artificial turf tiles bring a natural, comfortable look and feel to any patio. Using artificial turf is an excellent way to turn cold, uninviting surfaces into a place you'll be happy to lounge on. Greatmats' artificial turf patio tiles are drain through, so they do well in wet conditions and areas. These tiles are designed for the outdoors. Patio furniture, weather and play will not damage these patio tiles.
GreatDeck Outdoor Deck Tiles
Uneven surfaces are a non-issue with GreatDeck Outdoor Deck tiles. These high quality tiles are made with flexible PVC rods running through wood or PVC slats to connect the slats. Thus, the tiles remain stable while the flexing and contouring to surface bumps.
GreatDeck Outdoor patio tiles are a dry lay install. No extra tools or adhesives are required, so they are extremely easy to move around or deinstall if needed.
Other Patio Perks
Most GreatDeck patio tiles are wooden, providing an elegant and classic look for any outdoor area. These wood patio tiles are weatherproof and made for the outdoors. Each tile is treated to resist water, mold, mildew and termites.
They come in a variety of dark and light woods, from Cedar to Ash. If you aren't interested in wood as a material but love the wood aesthetic, you can also find Greatdeck Outdoor Tiles made of PVC in a wood-grain style.
There's no need to be discouraged by your ground woes. An expensive landscaping project isn't your only solution. There are ways to work around and with the ground you have to create the perfect patio. Greatmats offers a variety of products that can work with the condition of your ground without a costly renovation. If you have more specific questions about these products or others, contact Greatmats for answers you can trust.
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