What are Interlocking Deck Tiles?
HandyDeck interlocking deck tiles are squares of precision cut materials (wood, stone, ceramic or composite wood) securely attached to a plastic grid base by either screws or adhesives.
Inbuilt tabs on all four sides of the base enable the tiles to be quickly and easily clipped together over practically any hard surface, creating a continuous "floating" tiled surface. The tiles are not screwed, nailed, or bonded to the surface in any way, so installation requires no special tools, minimal surface preparation, and little effort or time.
The weight of the tiles, the interlocking structure and friction between the plastic base and the surface they are laid on prevents the tiles from moving, except of course in extreme wind conditions such as hurricanes or tornados.
The open mesh base enables water to drain away freely under the tiles and provides good air circulation around the tiles, helping to prevent mold or mildew in damp and dark locations. With the SwiftDeck wood deck tile range, it also serves to raise the wood slats off the surface, minimizing cupping or twisting that can sometimes occur if wood is allowed to remain in contact with water for lengthy periods.
Types of Deck Tiles
SwiftDeck interlocking decking tiles are manufactured from high durability, hard wearing hardwood species with four slats on each tile. Corrosion resistant screws attach the slats to the plastic grid from the underside, providing a smooth, splinter free surface, free from nail or screw heads. The tiles are factory coated with a light decking oil to enhance their appearance and provide some initial waterproofing effect.
EzyTile interlocking deck tiles combine the beauty and durability of natural granite, slate sandstone and ceramic with the ease and simplicity of an interlocking, clip together installation . Natural stone or ceramic is bonded to a plastic grid base with a special adhesive. No adhesives or grouting is required for installation as the tiles are simply locked in position on the deck surface with the inbuilt tabs on the integral plastic base. The interlocking tile base also ensures perfect positioning, precise spacing and accurate alignment, without the fuss or frustration of conventional tile installation.
ResiDeck interlocking wood composite wood deck tiles are similar to SwiftDeck deck tiles except they use slats of wood composite material instead of natural hardwood. Composite is generally regarded as a low maintenance alternative to natural wood and is fade resistant, insect resistant, rot resistant and splinter free.
The Kronos porcelain paver range includes larger format 2’ x 2’ interlocking porcelain pavers, ideally suited for covering larger residential decks as well as commercial spaces. These stain resistant, scuff resistant, frost proof and non-combustible pavers are available in a range of styles/colors including Teknowood™, a high tech simulated wood look decking surface as well as simulated stone finishes.
The Kronos paver range also includes non-interlocking 2' x 2' porcelain stoneware pavers, primarily designed for installation on adjustable height pedestals in construction of elevated decks, but can also be used for on-grade applications.
HandyDeck's structural Ipe pavers are larger format solid wood, non-interlocking pavers designed specifically for use with adjustable height pedestals. Ipe slats are attached to solid wood bearers using stainless steel screws, making the pavers sufficiently strong for mounting on pedestal systems. The pavers can also be laid directly over concrete, using low cost fixed height pedestals 1/2" to 1" high, to lift the pavers off the concrete and permit good drainage underneath.