DIY deck tiles

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DIY deck tiles
Deck tiles can spruce up an old deck (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Deck tiles are an easy way to spruce up an old deck, cover a small concrete balcony or make outdoor living space out of a rooftop terrace. Available in a variety of woods and patterns, the stone or wooden tiles have connectors that snap adjoining pieces together to form the deck. Because you don't permanently attach the tiles, you can change them or move them whenever you wish. If you have do-it-yourself experience, you can install deck tiles in a few hours and refresh your outdoor living space.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Gravel
  • Weed control paper
  • Compactor
  • Pencil and paper
  • Jigsaw or hand saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Decking oil
  • Roller or paintbrush

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    DIY deck tiles

  1. 1

    Clean the area where you plan to install deck tiles. Make sure the surface is as flat as possible. Wooden tiles are more forgiving of bumps in the base flooring than stone tiles are. If you are installing deck tiles over bare ground, put down a layer of gravel and compact it with a compactor. Also set down a layer of weed control paper to prevent grasses from growing up through the tiles.

    DIY deck tiles
    Clean and clear the area first (Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Mix tiles from different boxes so that variations in colours of the wood or stone aren't obvious. Allow the tiles to acclimate to the temperature and humidity for 24 hours. If you are creating a pattern with your deck tiles, lay them out to set up the pattern.

    DIY deck tiles
    Allow the tiles to acclimate first (Thinkstock/Stockbyte/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Place the deck tiles in one of the corners. If you are placing a border, leave enough space for it. Install deck tiles with the male connectors exposed. Set the next tile's female connectors on top of the adjoining male connectors. Snap them in place. Continue placing deck tiles until you have all of the tiles in place.

    DIY deck tiles
    Place the deck tiles in one of the corners (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Draw a template to help you cut out odd shapes to make the tile fit around pipes and other items in your deck, using a pencil and paper. Mark the area you need to cut on the back of the tile with a pencil. Use a hand saw or jigsaw to make the cut. Remove the screws from the wooden tiles with a screwdriver before cutting, make the cut and then reattach the screws in new positions to hold the wooden pieces in place.

    DIY deck tiles
    Cut out odd shapes (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)
  5. 5

    Position the border pieces around the perimeter of the deck. Snap them in place.

    DIY deck tiles
    Place the border pieces around the perimeter (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)
  6. 6

    Apply a coat of decking oil to keep the wood tiles from greying, using a roller or paintbrush. Reapply the deck oil every six months.

    DIY deck tiles
    Apply decking oil to preserve wooden tiles (Image Source/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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