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Pedestals for Outdoor Raised Paver Flooring Systems

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(Posted on Jun 1, 2020 at 02:24PM by Lorenzo Cavalletti)
Taking on a remodel of your outdoor patio or balcony is super exciting and the completed project will bring you joy for many years to come. The flooring is very versatile and can be used in almost any climate. Once you narrow your decision down to porcelain or wood, next comes the pedestals. There are 3 types of great quality paver pedestals to choose from and each has its own purpose.
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Eco Arbor Designs Adjustable Telescoping Pedestals are perhaps the best telescoping support system in the world today.  These pedestals surpass the competition in both the weight they can hold and circumference of the top.  Both of these features give you an easier installation and more solid support.  The unique top slope corrector is not a self leveling design which is known to come loose over time and rattle when walked on. Eco Arbor Designs slope correctors give you the compensation from 1-5%.  This range is more than any other pedestal in the market for the most challenging sloped decks.  To adjust just turn the corrector until level.
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PVC Based Adjustable Pedestals are a cost effective way to get a raised floor up to 36" in height at a low cost. A Schedule 450 PVC pipe is cut to create the riser.  The self leveling head is adjustable from 3/4" to 2.5"  afterwards fine tune the final height.  This pedestal system has been a great application for heights above 8" where telescoping native height pedestals can become expensive. 
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Fixed Height Rubber Paver Supports are superior to plastic fixed height systems in that they give you superior sound and vibration absorption, and greater friction to the surface paver ensuring no movement or wobble. These are the best solution for porcelain pavers and wood pavers over surfaces where low finished heights are needed. These rubber fixed height supports are stackable and therefore can be raised to accommodate up to 1.5" in height.

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Porcelain Paver DIY Installation

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(Posted on May 19, 2020 at 12:48PM by Lorenzo Cavalletti)

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Porcelain Pavers are an outstanding upgrade to completely transform your outdoor space without a removal of the existing surface. The raised porcelain paver systems are being installed high and low, across the country. Small projects on condo balconies, large hotel and restaurant expansions, roof decks in Manhattan and Los Angeles, you name it! Once your material has been purchased you have the luxury of hiring an installer to lend a helping hand, or the freedom of easily and properly completing the project yourself. Here is a guide of everything you'll need to know about what it takes to DIY a raised porcelain paver system. 

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Gather any tools you will need to complete the project. Cleaning products, edge clips or wall spacers if necessary, a level for accuracy, pedestals, a saw for cutting etc.

 

Clean your outdoor surface. A light sweeping and mopping, allowing time for drying, is all the cleaning that is required. Also be sure of a great weather forecast, no rain or snow before or during installation.

 

Apply the insulating layer to the pedestals. This is the cushion between the pedestals and the pre existing surface and this is an optional step.

 
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Begin the grid planning around the perimeter edges and configuring where all of the pedestals will be placed. This is an important step as this is the support system to your flooring.

 

Position a pedestal underneath the center of the slab for a perfectly safe, stable and long lasting application.

 

Position the clean, dry porcelain slabs on the pedestals. Everything should pop right into place unless a major mistake was made in the planning process of pedestal placement, which is an easy fix that shouldn’t require much time.

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Ensure the completed raised porcelain paver surface is level and plane. Not only is a level floor safe, it also adds great value to the aesthetic of the project. The more even and plane your pavers are, the more expensive and high end your deck will look.

 

Regulate the pedestals if any imperfections are found during the leveling process and place your porcelain pavers back into the grid.

 

The final step is to gently walk across all parts of the deck ensuring a flawless installation. Porcelain pavers that are installed correctly do not shake or wobble.

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Can I Install Raised Porcelain Paver Outdoor Flooring Myself

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(Posted on May 14, 2020 at 10:16AM by Lorenzo Cavalletti)

Porcelain pavers are a cutting edge product seen throughout homes, patios, balconies, roof decks and commercial properties and are perfect for pedestal roof decks. However, the pavers were not always used for outdoor raised pedestal and exterior systems. The porcelain pavers were traditionally much smaller, thinner and only used for indoor applications or exterior balcony tiles. Through high quality manufacturing and engineering, the raised outdoor pedestal paving system was created utilizing 2cm or double thick porcelain. The outdoor pavers have a high level of manufacturing in this thickness and can wqithstand a tremendous amount of weight.  They are impervious to  quality and are created with the safety components that are required for outdoor flooring such as non slip technology and durability to last through rough and tough weather storms and conditions. The raised porcelain pedestals are also 100% recycled so you will have the pride of knowing you have also made an environmentally sustainable home improvement decision. They are zero mess, no fuss and also give your flooring the same height indoor and out with a seamless and level application. 

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Porcelain Paver installation is easy to understand and a great weekend project to take on yourself. The rubber connectors will simply lock the porcelain pavers right into place. Installation is fast and only a limited number of tools are required.
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Using adjustable height pedestals, determining the height of your pedestals is a just a few clicks away. If you are looking to add serious height, no problem, the pedestals are stackable. Not only do these versatile tiles exude class, quality, and style, you can install them yourself. Yes, YOU! Self Installation of porcelain pavers allows you to take control of your own project, cut out middle man costs from installers and limit the number of strangers allowed into your home.

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Be a boss! Drink a nice coffee, enjoy your morning meditation and don't hesitate taking on your raised porcelain paver system all by YOURSELF!


 

New York City Roof Decks with deck tiles

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(Posted on May 14, 2018 at 10:58AM by Lorenzo Cavalletti)

Roof Decks in New York City and the heart of the green roof movement

On a recent visit to New York City this past May, I was blessed with amazing weather. The week before was humid and in the 90's and the week after there was a torrential rainstorm.  As I exited the crowded Delta terminal at JFK, I was relieved to see on my i-phone weather app show me partly clowdy and 70's. What a relief!  My mission this trip was to meet with some existing clients, and meet some new clients who had specified our decking tiles. A little background about us at Eco Arbor Designs.  We live and breathe elevated decking tiles for roof decks, patios and plaza decks. We have been in this business for over 12 years. We work all over the United States shipping material to designers, architects and homeowners. So a trip to New York City where there are more roof decks than anywhere is special for me. I just love seeing the new outdoor landscape designs from some of the great NYC designers. If we are involved, then they are incorporating our raised paver and pedestal flooring solutions. We are solution based company making outdoor spaces better all across the country. Its our bread and butter and something that makes us tingle inside.

Of course if you are a homeowner with a roof deck in Brooklyn or Manhattan the implementation of a real walk deck on your roof can be a daunting task. Often residents who are lucky enough to have a roof deck space to call their own, neglect the opportunity to increase there living space and they end up throwing out a few plastic adirondack chairs and some outdoor carpet. This is a low cost and temporary solution that barely suffices in creating a usable outdoor area. Question is...does it really give you satisfaction and add value to your home?

Well... let us introduce you to the way it should be done and step in to our world of outdoor flooring products.  From raised pavers and pedestals to our interlocking deck tiles we have a flooring solution for your space and budget. Our outdoor flooring products so often can be used on any type of roof deck. It pains me to see a roof deck that is covered in moldy outdoor carpet when for just a bit more effort one can have a paradise with a floor that will last a lifetime. Your guests will be much more appreciative with a real outdoor flooring system and your wallet will love you in that you will never need to spend money on a floor again. In addition you could see a much longer lifespan from your roof waterproofing.

From the many design professionals we have worked with over the years to create stunning outdoor spaces we have learned a few things. From our porcelain pavers to our hardwood pavers, any roof deck can be transformed into a living space and increase your square footage of your "liveable space". Lets face it New York City is an amazing place to be outdoors on a summer evening, it is the birthplace of the green roof movement. Green Roof spaces have given peace and tranquility to thousands across the city after a long workday.  Container gardening or a good dinner outside on a summer night is what makes these spaces special. Would you neglect your living room or family room with terrible flooring and old paint and feel good about it? If the answer is no, then your outdoor space deserves the same credit. We are here to help with this process from start to finish. For a high end raised floor you can expect to pay anywhere from $10-$15 for materials delivered to the door. If you are installing yourself you can save the labor cost. Labor can be as much as $20 per square ft depending on the labor needed to get the material on site. Conversly many of our clients are handy enough to install the floor themselves.

Bottom line is once you are done with your outdoor space, you will have an outdoor living lifestyle that will last a lifetime and rival the Ritz Carlton or the Dream Hotel roof deck. We will walk you through it, present samples to you, find a budget product and recommend an installer. That its what we do, consult, create a solution, deliver material and provide valuable post sale support. We are working with some of the top Italian porcelain paver brands and the most reputable forestry consessions to deliver the best quality material to your site.   We give you pre sale and post sale service that makes us unique to our competitors. So if your walking on an old outdoor carpet or using some old plastic chairs you found at a hardware store, call us to get started and begin living outdoors. 

 Visit our website to learn more about our modular decking systems and of course call us anytime to get a quote and discuss your options our toll free number is 888 335 8453
or visit  www.ecoarbordesigns.com

Some photos I took from a rooftop, 

This is the typical roof deck with some old outdoor carpet and a few plastic adirondack chairs

damaged roof deck in need of repairs

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you can have this beautiful deck that utilized our Eco Deck 2x2 Ipe Deck Tile Pavers and pedestals. 


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