How to Construct a New Patio Deck
Lay a new patio floor using classic hardwood or natural stone patio tiles in just minutes.
Just imagine your bland concrete patio covered instead with a classic hardwood patio deck or elegant stone tile flooring.
Well, with HandyDeck interlocking patio tiles, you can turn dreams into reality in just an hour or so. And it's as simple as taking the tiles out of the box and clipping them into place over your existing patio surface.
There's no need for tedious surface preparation, no need for special skills and no need to employ expensive contractors. You don't even require any special tools; just a measuring tape, a box cutter and a study paid of gloves is enough in most cases. The only time you'll need extra tools is if you have to cut the tiles to fit around posts or pipes. And even then if you are using our wood or composite wood patio tiles, you can cut them with just a sharp handsaw.
Our SwiftDeck and ResiDeck interlocking deck tiles are somewhat forgiving of small surface variations because they are slightly flexible in one direction, so you can generally lay them over a surface which has minor cracking, providing there is not a significant variation in the height on either side of the cracks.
But with our EzyTile ceramic, granite and interlocking slate patio tiles, the surface should be as smooth as possible. With this range of tiles, it's important that they do not "rock" on the surface, as apart from the potential for tripping on any raised edge, it’s possible they could crack if a heavy weight was placed unevenly across the tile.
How to Install HandyDeck Patio Tiles
To install HandyDeck tiles on your patio floor, start by measuring up the area you want to cover, and calculate how many tiles you'll need. Our SwiftDeck Ipe wood tiles and ResiDeck composite wood tiles cover an area of exactly 1 sq.ft. but the stone EzyTile range are slightly smaller at 11 13/16" x 11 13/16" so you'll need about 3% more tiles than total number of sq.ft. And if you need to cut any tiles to fit around any obstacles, then maybe you will need a few extra.
Cutting around pipes, posts or other fixed obstacles on the patio is normally no real problem since the SwiftDeck or ResiDeck interlocking tiles can easily be cut to shape with a handsaw or jigsaw. It may be necessary to reposition a few screws which hold the slats to the base after cutting, but that's about it. With the EzyTile range however, it will admittedly take a bit more effort, as you will a need a wetsaw to cut the tiles to shape.
For a professional finish on the outer edge of your patio deck, edging pieces are available for the SwiftDeck and EzyTile ranges (but not for ResiDeck composite wood tiles). These are designed not only to avoid the danger of tripping on the edge of the deck, but they also hide the plastic interlocking tabs around the sides of the tiles. These edge pieces simply clip onto the edge of the outer row of tiles.
But basically everything that's necessary for your new patio deck is right inside in each box of tiles - a complete DIY patio deck kit!
To see pictures of completed patio decks with our interlocking tiles, go to our SwiftDeck wood deck tiles page to see patios with wood tiles or EzyTile deck tiles page to see patio decks with our granite, sandstone or slate patio tiles (click on the Gallery tabs).
If you are looking for additional ideas for a patio floor, especially for larger areas, we also supply 24" x 24" porcelain patio pavers. These pavers are a lightweight alternative to conventional concrete pavers but they have the added advantage in that they come in an exceptionally wide color range including tiles that look like wood or natural stone, including slate, travertine, sandstone, granite etc. They are also stain resistant, frost resistant and scratch resistant, so they have very low maintenance requirements.
Although these pavers are not interlocking, they can also be laid quite easily using 1/2" high rubber support pads with inbuilt spacer tabs which are placed under the corner of the pavers. See here for further details on these pavers.
For further information about using interlocking patio tiles for patio flooring or if you have a question about your specific situation, just give us a call on 866 206 8316 or send us an e-mail.