ResiDeck Simulated WoodLow maintenance simulated wood interlocking deck tiles
If you like the look of a wood deck but are not so enthusiastic about the thought of ongoing maintenance year after year, and would prefer that you deck didn’t change to a grey color over time, then our ResiDeck simulated wood deck tiles could be your best solution.
These slats on these tiles feature a foamed PVC core which is wrapped in an extremely durable and moisture resistant ASA (acrylonitrile styrene acrylate) layer which is lightly textured and features a simulated wood grain appearance. Because these tiles are essentially impervious to water, they also resist mold and mildew in most conditions.
The four slats are attached to a plastic mesh base which not only provides the mechanism for interlocking each tile together but it allows water to easily to drain away under the tiles. The multiple ‘feet’ on the base ensure that weight is distributed evenly over the substrate the tiles are laid on.
Most competitive composite wood tiles use wood or bamboo fibers in their composition mixed with polyethylene resin. The problem with this is that the tiles are not totally impervious to water so it increases the potential for mold or mildew formation and makes them more susceptible to staining with grease or oil. It also means that composite wood tiles will look somewhat different in their wet and dry states and will take longer to dry after rainfall compared with our ResiDeck decking tiles.
The foamed core of our ResiDeck tiles makes them somewhat lighter than our Ipe wood tiles, so if you are installing them in locations which are subject to strong wind gusts, or where there is not a low wall on the outer edge of the deck, we suggest you consider some hold down mechanism such as attaching a length of L shaped aluminum profile to the outer edge of the tiles to form a continuous row of interconnected tiles. Commercial products such as Schluter Systems BARA-RWL could also be considered.
ResiDeck Tile Colors
|Tile size (covered area)||12″ x 12″|
|Tile Height (incl. base)||1.1″|
|Tile Weight||2.2 lbs|
|Packing||10 tiles per carton|
|Carton Size||15″ x 13″ x 13″|
|Carton Weight||22 lbs|
If you are laying the tiles over existing concrete patio, then almost no preparation is needed. As long as the concrete doesn’t have any large cracks with a surface mismatch either side of the cracks, just give the area a good sweep with a broom.
You don’t need any special tools – just a tape measure, sharp knife, screwdriver and handsaw (only if you need to cut the tiles to fit a fixed area or to fit around pipes etc). You don’t need any adhesives or extra parts – all the materials you’ll need are contained inside each box of tiles.
- Measure the area to be covered and calculate how many tiles you’ll need. (each standard tile covers 1 sq.ft.)
- Start laying the tiles from one corner of the area to be covered. Place the first tile in position and then lock the adjacent tile in place by pushing it down to engage the special connecting tabs on the sides of each tile.
- Continue adding tiles this way until the complete area is covered and all the tiles are securely locked in place to each adjacent tile. Different patterns or attractive borders can be made by combining the various designs available in each range.
- To fit around pipes, posts or corners, just cut the required shape from the tile using a jigsaw or handsaw and lock the tile into place. Making a template of light cardboard the same size as the tile makes the task even easier and avoids any errors in cutting the tile to shape. Any screws in cut out sections should be replaced at appropriate points in the remaining part of the tile to ensure that all slats are securely fastened to the base.
NOTE: Plastic products have a relatively high coefficient of expansion which is as much as five times that of steel. They also have good insulating properties so if the tiles are subject to hot sunlight beating down on them, a temperature differential across the thickness of the slats can build up causing the slats to suffer from some elastic deformation, particularly when the slats are not firmly constrained. Normally this deformation will reverse when the ambient temperature is returned to a stable state. But it does mean you may notice a slight curvature along the length of a composite or simulated wood deck tile when directly exposed to very hot sunlight, which should return to its regular flat state overnight.