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What Are Some Lightweight Tiles for a Roof Terrace?

By Kyle Schurman Created: April, 2024 - Modified: April, 2024

Outdoor entertaining spaces at your property don’t always have to fit into a traditional area like a deck or patio. Perhaps the best gathering location at your home or commercial building is on the rooftop. Finding lightweight tiles for a rooftop terrace while also delivering the level of style you want is easier when you rely on Greatmats.

Over the years, our experts have helped many customers select tiles for a rooftop terrace that won’t damage the surface already in place – often a rubber membrane – while keeping everyone using the space safe and comfortable. Use our lightweight tiles to create a beautiful terrace in a currently underused space.

Best Lightweight Interlocking Tiles for a Roof Terrace

Our recommendations for the perfect lightweight tiles for your home’s rooftop terrace include these three selections.

1. Patio Outdoor Tiles

  • Size: 0.96 x 0.96 feet
  • Thickness: 1/2 inch
  • Weight Per Sq. Ft.: 1.08 pounds
  • Approximate Cost Per Sq. Ft.: $4.15

lightweight rooftop terrace tiles
Consisting of PVC plastic, our Patio Outdoor Tile product is a popular selection in areas where weight is a concern. The PVC material is not going to fade in the sunlight, making it a perfect selection for a gathering space on a roof that receives plenty of direct sunlight.

With a nearly 1x1-foot size (equal to 0.92 square feet of coverage per tile) and a hidden interlocking system, these tiles are extremely easy to handle and install for a DIY job. Just pop the tabs into the slots on an adjacent tile for a secure connection.

Each tile has square-shaped perforations that extend through the 1/2-inch thickness of the material, allowing water to drain away quickly.

These budget-priced tiles (less than $4.15 per square foot) weigh 1.08 pounds per square foot of coverage, so you won’t be adding significant weight to your roof area. The roof tiles are available in four colors:
  • Blue
  • Gray
  • Tan
  • Terra cotta

2. StayLock Perforated Tile

  • 1 x 1 feet
  • 9/16 inch
  • Weight Per Sq. Ft.: 1.34 pounds
  • Approximate Cost Per Sq. Ft.: $4.50

tiles for rooftop terrace
Another PVC plastic tile that works perfectly for creating an entertaining space on the terrace is our StayLock Perforated Tile.

These drainage tiles have triangle-shaped perforations to move rainwater efficiently. PVC plastic is a non-slip material, which is ideal in a roof space exposed to the weather.

This is another easy-to-handle tile for a DIY installation. Each piece measures exactly 1x1 feet and uses tabs and slots on a hidden interlocking system to create a clean layout without the need for adhesive.

A single tile costs a little less than $4.50 per square foot, so you are receiving a good value with this purchase. One tile weighs 1.34 pounds, making it a little heavier than the Patio Outdoor Tile, but it’s also a little thicker at 9/16 inches, providing slightly more cushioning.

3. Ergo Matta Perforated Outdoor Tile

  • Size: 0.83 x 1.66 feet
  • Thickness: 9/16 inch
  • Weight Per Sq. Ft.: 1.15 pounds
  • Approximate Cost Per Sq. Ft.: $9.30

best flooring options for rooftop terrace
When you want a unique look in your roof area, the Ergo Matta Perforated Outdoor Tile is the best lightweight option. This is a pricier PVC plastic tile at about $9.30 per square foot, but it’s also available in several color options, including:
  • Beige
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Gray
  • Red
  • White
  • Yellow

You can mix and match colors, as they all use the same hidden interlocking edge system.

Each tile measures about 10x20 inches and covers 1.39 square feet. An individual tile weighs 1.6 pounds or about 1.15 pounds per square foot, making it ideal for use over a rubber membrane. The diamond perforated pattern moves rainwater away quickly and gives you a high level of traction.

Why Should I Use a Lightweight Rooftop Floor?

best lightweight tiles for rooftop terrace
You may have some concerns about building a terrace on your residential rooftop. Can you walk on this space, especially if you have a rubber membrane? Should you place patio furniture on it?

You certainly don’t want to puncture this rubber membrane. It serves to create a watertight covering for the interior of the residential building. On a flat roof, it directs rain and melting snow toward the gutter system, rather than allowing it to leak behind the building’s walls.

Our lightweight flooring options won’t damage the membrane, thanks to the flexible PVC plastic material.

Should I Use Rubber Tiles on My Rooftop Terrace?

rubber rooftop tiles
In a commercial location, rubber tiles are certainly an option for creating a rooftop patio. If you operate a restaurant, bar, lounge, hotel, farmers’ market, rooftop pool, or roof dining space, rubber tiles up to 2 inches in thickness are a great choice.

These commercial spaces usually have extremely sturdy roofing materials, rather than the roof membrane found at residential locations so that they can support the extra weight of the rubber material.

Rely on Greatmats for Rooftop Terrace Tiles

A rooftop terrace can end up being one of the coolest spaces you can create for enjoying the outdoors. You can be above the hustle and bustle of the everyday world while taking advantage of a relaxing view of nature or the downtown cityscape around you.

Lightweight roof terrace tiles can completely transform your space for a minimal expense. The customer service team at Greatmats is ready to help you select the best product for your budget and space. Reach out to our rooftop terrace experts for help with your project today!