It’s always great to find new and innovative products that really work. When it comes to deck construction, it seems there are rarely problems with the framing of the deck, but the deck surface has always been a concern, especially when it comes to cold, snowy winters.
Using treated lumber for the flooring looks great at first, but even though it is much less apt to have rotting problems, the floor boards will twist, crack and split over time. Plus you have to seal the wood every year to keep it looking good.
Other types of materials like the composite decks do hold up better then the wood, but they tend to be much more expensive to build and so a lot of people shy away from them. This also applies to vinyl decking as well. Plus many people just don’t like the idea of using composite or vinyl materials.
Until recently, there were no other options. However, now there is another option that allows you to actually have a deck with a tile floor. This may sound impossible, but it’s true! This great new product that I am talking about will revolutionize the decking industry. It gives you the ability to install tile on the floor of your existing or new deck in place of wood, vinyl or composite floor boards.
The composition is unique in itself. It is constructed with advanced composite ribs attached to fiberglass matting. This product is so strong that there are no other sub flooring materials needed. You simply install the interlocking strips with one screw in each floor joist.
After the installation is complete, the ribbed surface is ready for mortar to be applied and porcelain tile to be installed. Deck maintenance is a thing of the past with a tiled deck. You can choose the color and design you want so that your new tiled deck will blend in with your outdoor living area. Create the style and elegance a tiled deck can give you. For the rustic look there are porcelain tiles with a brick or stone finish, or go for elegance with a porcelain tile made to look like marble. There are so many attractive options available and the choices are almost without limits.
Another great thing about this new product is that you don’t have to be a pro to install it. This is truly a do-it-yourself product. The process works like this.
- First you screw down the interlocking boards
- Next you apply the mortar which will fill up all the ribs and let it dry before you install the tile.
- Apply thin set with a trough
- Start installing the tile over the thin set using tile spacers
- Use a tile cutter to fit pieces where needed
- After the tile is installed use a grout float to force the grout into the joints
- Use a grout packer to push the grout into the joints and give you a nice finished look
- The end result will be a beautiful tiled deck
Each of these boards are 12″ wide and you can get them in 8′ or 12′ long pieces. The product has been tested for structural durability, contraction and expansion and it is also fire rated. Not only will you end up with a waterproof finished tile floor, you also get a product that will last for decades and you eliminate the maintenance problems and is one of the strongest decking solution available.
Plus, it is designed to be used in all 50 states and will withstand any of the elements related to the whether conditions. It is non-corrosive and has practically no expansion problems and is one of the strongest decking solutions available.