Monday, May 28, 2012

New & Improved Roof Deck: Teak Deck Tiles

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!)


Heather


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12 comments:

  1. Wow it looks fantastic! Such a huge difference to before.

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  2. Nice improvement and perfect designing outlook in this blog......!

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  3. That’s definitely a huge improvement! It really does look like a roof deck now. Those teak tiles won’t heat up as quick either, and the backing will make for great drainage, meaning cleaning will be a breeze. The groove-and-tongue design of the tiles made for easy installation, I’m sure. I bet your husband had way too much fun installing your new roof deck tiles!

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  4. Did you burnish the teak deck tiles after the installation? Well, it looked more glossy and smooth on the last 5 pictures. I think it would make your roof deck more appealing if you add plants or flowers on it, like sunflowers or something similarly vibrant.

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  5. Good decision with the wood plank tiles. It definitely suits your roof deck! Aside from the natural look it gives, it is easy to clean and maintain. But be sure to dust and mop them regularly in order to avoid dust from gathering on the surface. Maybe you can add some plants or flowers to complete the look. Nevertheless, it is perfect!

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  6. Teak tiles faded silver hue is also a good choice. This type is more than perfect for your deck. The sunlight makes it more stunning to look at. By the way, I instantly noticed that little lamp hanging on one of your pots, right behind Marley. It’s sooo cute! Hehe.

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  7. Hey Heather! Teak tiles are usually installed with distinct grain patterns, but you did it with straight plank look, which is still pretty awesome. It seems that the teak tiles brought life to your deck.

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  8. Thanks for all your comments! The tiles have been holding up great all summer. We're still loving them :)

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  10. I had checked your link. This is very interesting.Deck Tiles really beautiful and live-able.

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