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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION/INSTALLATION/MAINTENANCE

Modular decking is a term used for a deck that is removable and placed in modules over the surface. It can be comprised of what we call "on grade or structural panels" Deck Tiles in both our interlocking series and structural series create a durable custom outdoor floor with the ability to access the subfloor for years to come. Go ahead run your irrigation, electrical and gas lines underneath our raised floor solutions. Deck tiles install easily and quickly over any outdoor surface whether it be above living space or on ground application. Modular Deck tiles create a durable yet soft and warm floor with exquisite design. Years of water penetration has no affect unlike traditional grout and mortar bed applications. Sit back and relax and have piece of mind that your above living space outdoor room can be accessed at any time. We have you covered whatever your preferance is. Take a look at our durable hardwood solutions for an exquisite and warm outdoor floor. Or take a look at our structural pavers which can be elevated on pedestals for a unique contemporary look in hardwood or porcelain or genuine stone. Most common applications include, balconies, roof decks, patios, weathered decks walkways and ground level concrete patios. Typically our tiles cost more per square foot than standard lumber or composite decking with delivery cost. However, with installation taking half the time of a traditional deck building and the added benefit of easy maintenance you will find you made the right choice.

In fact many have said that our decking tiles create a modern contemporary yet organic floor that is one of a kind. The difference is, no hardware showing on the surface, easy access to the sub-surface and most of all for all you urban patio owners, LIGHTWEIGHT. if a tile is damaged simply replace with a new one, it's that easy! Not all deck tiles are the same, read below the important differences of our tiles.

All of our hardwood tiles both structural and on grade are Kiln dried to 14% humidity. This is the standard for premium furniture grade wood which has been our specialty for over 10 years.

All of our wood is certified sustainable with documentation!

Available in Ipe, Curupay, Garapa and petroleum free plastic composites. These deck tiles naturally resist rot and decay and look great with a simple oil application year after year.


No toxic sealers or chemicals used in production and yes... they are safe for dogs and kids!

deck tiles child safe


Is it really simple to install?

Our on grade deck tiles simply 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 2x6 or plywood spaced across. With our decking tiles you can create your own individual deck design by using different woods in a pattern or alternating the direction or create a subway tile pattern. You can also use the design tiles for borders or centerpiece accents. 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.


Will the deck tiles last a long time?
 
 

Short answer is YES! Hardwodo typically outlast soft and semi hard woods like cedar and redwood by 10 times. For instance Ipe hardwood timber is highly resistant to decay and insect attack, for up to 40 years! Ironwoods like Ipe, Curupay and Rosewoods will not rot, split or crack like soft woods do once they become weathered. These woods are typically used for marine applications and yes our stainless steel screws are MARINE GRADE. We are the only deck tile manufacturer to use genuine marine grade hardware.

The Atlantic City 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 to the right (below) is stronger than interior conventional plastics and will not crack or degrade over time. We stabilize the 30% recycled content base with a UV resistant compound which prevents the base from breaking down over time. We also add a fire retardant polymer creating a flame resistant surface. The frame is what allows for free and clear drainage when you run the hose over the deck or if it rains. Our patented interlocking system is the easiest to use and most durable. The locking joints snap down in place and secure the tiles together.

 
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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. Most of our residential customers install themselves. 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. They can be used over roofing membranes, balconies, patios, porches, roof tops, hot tub surrounds, pool surrounds, garden paths, boat decks, garages, gazebos, sun rooms, basements, old wood decks….. You can also use this system to build a temporary floor for weddings or trade shows. .

If the tiles are not glued or fixed to the floor, then what’s to stop them from moving?

Interlocking deck tiles have inbuilt tabs on all sides which lock securely to the adjacent tiles so they cannot move once installed. Structural deck tiles will need perimeter containment whcih prevents any lateral movement. The tiles will not shift or chatter when walked on or create any movement under the feet. What you get is a beautiful solid luxury deck surface. The tiles will not lift in a high wind event as air will pass through the tile there is no positive pressure to lift them up because of the seamlines. If you are concerned you can use a thin set adhesive like liquid nails on the bordering tiles around your deck to secure them. If you are resurfacing an old deck simply screw down the border tiles to the sub floor. Or simply remove them before any major weather event.

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 wood does 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 advatage over traditional hardwood decking.

Can the wood slats come loose?

No. Each wood slat is secured to the poly base by three stainless screws. 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.

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 half to 2/3rds the cost of building a deck. 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 permenant deck.

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


Yes. Provided that the joists are 12" or 24" (structural deck tiles) 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 evwery inch or so overt he surface. Lay the tiles on top as you final surface and you have a hardwood deck that will last a lifetime. Below is a typical pedestal system with our stone pavers. The deck tiles can easily be replicated with the use of 2x6 sleepers over the pedestals.

 


How long is the warranty?

Our warranties are guaranteed against faulty workmanship for a period of 10 years from the date of purchase for our on grade deck tiles. Structural deck tiles have a limited warranty of 5 years from the date of purchase. Dont worry we have your back and we are not going anywhere.

How fire resistant are the deck tiles?

Our (Ironwood) 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 laid directly on rooftops covered with a rubber or bituminous membrane without damaging or puncturing the membrane?

The pressure on the tile base is normally distributed in such a way that no damage will occur. The mesh base has no acute pressure points that will damage the sub-floor membrane. Structural tiles use our Elmich pedestal supports whcih distribute the load over he surface allowing you to add more furniture, planters and anything else you desire for your outdoor room. In addition there is zero movement of the contact points on the surface so as not to rip or tear the waterproof surface. Our patented base was designed with this in mind. The contact points are blunt and will not damage a delicate membrane. In fact the decking tiles will protect the surface from physical impact and weather exposure giving you many more years of use from your sub floor.

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 and access to the sub surface for occasional maintenanceif 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 on grade decking tiles will flex and will conform to the natural slopes of your surface even around the drains. 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. If you woudl liek to level the surface then you will need to look into our structural deck tiles seen here

Should you have any questions which we may not have answered here please call us at 866 321 4418. We are open Mon-Fri 8AM-6PM PST We have offices in Souther California and Northern California so we operate on PST time. We are hear to council with you and find the best fitting solution for your outdoor room.