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Deck Tiles Over Wood - Refreshing Wood Decks

Installing Tiles Over Wood: Refreshing Decks Guide

New Deck Flooring Over Old Wood: Everything You Need to Know

Have you found yourself using your hardwood deck less and less? Do you see signs that the wood is worn down, warped, or losing the beauty it once had? Are you noticing signs of neglect, but feel like you simply do not have the time, energy and money to do anything about it? If you answered yes to these questions, then it is time to know there are alternatives to a massive renovation project. Instead of stressing about redoing the entire deck, simply consider installing new deck tiles over the old hardwood.

Easy, do-it-yourself deck tiles are an incredible way to restore the youthful splendor your deck once possessed without paying an arm and a leg. Virtually any type of DIY deck flooring can be installed on hardwood. Not only will tiles completely revamp the comfort and aesthetic of your deck, but they will also protect the old hardwood from further damage.

The following guide will walk you through assessing your deck in order to determine if new deck tiles are right for you - and if so, what to look out for.

The Deck Assessment

Before launching a new deck flooring project, it is absolutely necessary to be sure that your deck and its foundation are structurally sound. If the problems are surface layer - such as stains, discoloration, scratches or wear and tear, then there is no problem. Deck tiles can be a great way to cover that up and create a fresh look and feel.

However, if the wood is rotting or decaying, your deck may be unsafe. Given just the right environment, decay fungi can grow on wood and eat away at it. This fungi will actually deplete the strength of the wood. Further, once wood starts rotting, it can become susceptible to termites, which will also eat away at the wood. Thoroughly check all parts of your deck in order to make sure any damage is merely surface level.

Warning Signs

There are a few signs that your wooden deck is structurally at risk. Look out for places your deck is sagging or the wood is softer, spongier or more brittle than surrounding wood. Further, if nails or screws are not holding in the wood, it may be rotting. Finally, be aware of cracks happening in places the wood is discolored.

If deeper damage is localized, you may be able to repair it or replace single beams. However, if the damage seems to be widespread, you may have to consider replacing it entirely.

Consider Your Environment

Different deck floorings are compatible with different environments. Because of this, it is important to take your environment into consideration when planning for new deck flooring. That way, you can choose a deck floor that will protect and help the wood already in place instead of causing it further damage.

One of the most important environmental factors to take into consideration is moisture levels. Installing flooring over wood can potentially create a situation where moisture gets trapped beneath deck tiles. With enough moisture, wood becomes vulnerable to decay and rotting.

Obviously, you don't want to set yourself up for even more damage by creating space for fungi to flourish. Thus, if you live in a place with high humidity and a wet climate, you should consider installing raised tiles that will allow enough air flow between the tile and the hardwood. You can also choose waterproof and watertight materials for added protection.

A Few More Factors

Moisture and decay aside, there are just a few more things to check off your list before decided if installing deck tiles over hardwood is right for you. Deck tiles are most easily installed over hard, flat surfaces. If you do have surface irregularities, choose a deck tile that will adhere to those irregularities.

Make sure your deck is clean of dirt, grime and other objects before installing deck tiles. This will make installation easier and will keep all new materials in the best condition. If you wash your deck with water, make sure the wood is dry before installation.

And Now the Fun Part

If your deck is good to go, then now's the time to start exploring the wonderful world of deck tiles. Gym Rubber Floors offers outdoor deck tiles to fulfill any and all designs while meeting quality standards. You can choose tile themes, textures, materials, and styles to fulfill any vision you might have for your new and improved deck surface.

Some of the most popular deck tile materials include wood, plastic, foam, rubber and artificial turf. Each of these materials come in a variety of styles, from wood-grain to slate and every color in between.

Although there exists a wide variety of tiles that can be installed over hardwood, every Gym Rubber Floors' tile has a few things in common: quality, durability and ease of installation. Each outdoor deck tile is created to remain long-lasting even with the challenges outdoor flooring faces: furniture, foot-traffic, weather and fluctuating temperatures. If you need assistance navigating all your options, Gym Rubber Floors' customer service is here to help you land your perfect deck flooring match.

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