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Rooftop Deck Flooring Features: Flat Roof Deck Flooring

Rooftop flooring ideas. The top four DIY roof deck material options.




By Kim Butler

As the weather warms, homeowners and apartment dwellers are looking for ways to maximize their outdoor entertaining spaces, and create inviting open air living environments. Similarly, the trend in restaurants is to add seasonal seating areas for their guests to dine al fresco.

In urban areas where space is at a premium, these folks are looking up - to their roofs. A flat roof can make a great patio or deck, but you can't just put out a bistro set and sit back and enjoy the view. No one wants to hang out on 'Tar Beach.' An unfinished roof surface can be dirty, sticky and dangerous. Waterproof membranes on some roofs are easily punctured, and you don't want your roof damaged by moving furniture or high heels. To avoid these problems, make sure to start your rooftop patio design with a solid flooring choice.

Conversely, maybe you already have a nice space like a condo balcony, but you don't like the look of a drab concrete floor, or your patio surface is damaged or deteriorating.

The solution to these problems is a tile system designed specifically for roofs. The number one concern is that the outdoor tile must be UV and weather resistant. Lots of beautiful plastic indoor/outdoor rugs are available, and while durable, they are lightweight and not suitable for all installations.

Another major consideration is drainage. Standing water and water runoff on a flat roof is a challenge as it is - but you don't want pooling water where your family and guests are hanging out. Wet areas can be slippery, and standing water can encourage mosquito growth and damage furniture. Here's a rundown of some of the choices in flooring specifically designed for use on roofs, patios and balconies.

Rubber Rooftop Deck Flooring


Rubber is one option. Lighter weight than concrete, rubber is durable but won't require roof reinforcement.

Sterling brand rooftop deck flooring tiles, which come in 2X2 foot tiles, in black, terra cotta, green, blue, grey, and brown as well as more than eight different multicolor blends. The tiles interlock, and borders and corner ramps are available to increase safety and give your space a finished look. This attractive and professional quality product also comes with a 10 year limited warranty, and just hoses off with water. At almost 20 pounds a tile, these tiles are heavy enough to avoid lifting in strong winds and won't fade or curl in extreme temperatures.

Blue Sky Brand Interlocking rooftop deck flooring rubber tiles allow water to flow underneath the tile and protect fragile underlayments like waterproof membranes. The surface is non slip and will not mold or mildew. This brand of tile is suitable for use with rubber roof membranes, and ships from the east coast. With six standard and more than 10 mixed colors, you are sure to find a coordinating color that suits your outdoor space.

If you want the durability of rubber, but are on a tight budget, MX Outdoor Rubber Tile 1'' tiles might be your option. Available in black, green, grey or red standard colors and nine other premium colors, these tiles run about $6 to $10 a square foot. Made of recycled rubber, these tiles offer LEED points, and are made in the USA. MX tiles are manufactured in the south east. Shipping to nearby areas will be most affordable. They have a superior UV fade resistance and a 15 year warranty.

Plastic Rooftop Deck Flooring


If weight is an issue, PVC outdoor tiles weigh around 1 pound per tile and can start at less than $3 per square foot. Interlocking design makes installation a snap. The perforations allow for drainage and the tile itself will not absorb water or get slippery. It's a great option for patios and rooftop deck flooring in rainy climates., however they are not recommended for rubber membrane roofs.

Greatmats.com, a leader in specialty flooring, carries its own brand of PVC rooftop deck flooring tiles, which are UV treated and come with a 1 year limited warranty. These tiles are available in light grey, blue, and terra cotta.

StayLock Brand PVC interlocking rooftop deck flooring tiles allow water to drain through their perforated surfaces, making it a great choice for locations with heavy rainfall. The soft PVC plastic feels good to the touch and is comfortable to play or stand on. The tiles are available in 5 colors that are UV stable for 7 years. This brand features a 5 year warranty and is suitable for roofs with rubber membranes.

Wood Composite Rooftop Deck Flooring


If you like the look of wood without the maintenance, a new product called GardenDeck tiles are made of wood/plastic composite which resists rotting, decay and fungal growth. The process also prevents the wood from warping, chipping, shrinking or expanding. These 1x1 foot wood composite tiles are installed without adhesives or fasteners, which makes them easy to move. The plastic connectors allow the wood tiles to easy connect together for DIY Installation which makes these tiles a great solution for transforming your roof or patio.

Whether you chose rubber, perforated PVC, or wood tiles, your new roof or patio floor will give your outdoor space project a solid footing. Make sure to get some free samples from an online retailer to really get a feel for what surface you like.

Do some more research on the pros and cons of each material to make sure it works for your specific project, or save yourself some time and talk to the experts at Greatmats.com, or check out the product lines at a home improvement store.

Summer is short in many parts of the world - so get started now to make sure you can enjoy and make the most of those lazy days of summer on your new roof deck or patio.
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