This year we made a major change to our outdoor space. Major! As I previously mentioned, we purchased and installed Teak Deck Tiles on our roof deck. It went from looking all sad and dirty to beautiful and live-able. The addition of the tiles has absolutely transformed the space. And we love it!
Below are a few photos of the deck before. The original surface is basically just a waterproof membrane surface. It collects every spec of dirt and is impossible to clean. I mean seriously, we could hose down the entire deck and it would still look just as dirty as it did before. The other huge downside is that the surface gets incredibly hot. So hot in fact, that you can't even walk on it in bare feet. So the combination of the heat and the dirt made it almost useless.
Dirty, Dirty, Dirty!
Pockets of collected dirt.....time to go bye bye.
And now on to the tiles. We did quite an extensive search on the Internet looking for the best product at the best price. We ended up going with a Canadian company called Build Direct. They had the best prices we could find, and after ordering a few samples we were convinced that the product was durable and would wear well. They offer multiple sizes and tile designs, but in the end we ended up going with a simple design. We liked the straight plank look because it reminded us more of traditional decking. It also minimized the seams between the tiles which makes it more look cohesive.
The particular tile we purchased is 16" x 16" x 1" thickness. The backing (shown below), is made up of a plastic grid with allows for drainage to flow underneath the tile. The edges have interlocking male and female pieces which allow them to snap into place rather easily.
Now, I can't take credit for installing this project. This was all Marc's doing. He was super excited to make use of his manly tools and cut stuff up. But, I have to give it to him - he truly did an amazing job.
Here are a few close ups:
And some overalls:
We couldn't be happier with the results of this project. We're are so excited for summer this year! In fact, we hosted a gathering at our house yesterday and I think everyone enjoyed themselves a bit more than usual. I'm sure it had everything to do with the decking (and not the bar stocked with beer!)