Granite deck tiles can be installed on almost any surface as long as the surface is flat. Granite deck tiles look attractive on your front porch, patio, inside your home and even on the ground itself. However, if you have to place the tiles on the ground, it is recommended that you install a layer of sand or compacted gravel first.
There are many benefits to granite deck tiles, including the fact that they are cheaper than wooden tiles. You do not need an elaborate plan because they are easy to install. Hiring a contractor to do the job is not necessary. Therefore, you can also cut your installation expenses. For many people, granite tiles are one of the best options for decking.
Step 1 – Measure the Area on which the Tiles will be Installed
To figure out the exact number of granite deck tiles that you will need, measure the area to determine the square footage. Next, calculate the square area of each tile ( it is easy to convert square inches to square feet with an online calculator). Finally, divide the total square footage by the area of the tile to get the number of tiles you will need.
There are no edgings involved so your measurement should perfectly match the size of the area. However, it is recommended that you purchase a few extra tiles just in case your you make slight mistakes in your calculations.
Step 2 – Place the Granite Deck Tiles
Begin installing the tiles. Start with one corner tile and follow with the others. You should not find any difficulty in doing so since the tiles are interlocking; just snap the tiles on to each other. There is no need for any adhesive, cement, and nails. There is also no need to secure with screws. Special surface preparations are not necessary, unless you are laying your tiles on the ground. If you are placing tiles on the ground, then you will need to remove the weeds, obstructions and level the ground and install a base layer of sand or gravel.
Step 3 – Cut the Tiles to Fit to Differently Shaped Areas
Unless the area you are decking is an exact square or rectangle, you may need to cut the deck tiles to fit its shape. To do this, get the dimensions of the particular spot where the tiles have to be reshaped. Once you are done with this, cut the tiles that will be placed on this spot. You can use a jigsaw to do this or a stone cutting saw.
Step 4 – Cut the Edge Tiles that Protrude
It is possible to have edge tiles protruding the area covered. Unless the area’s dimension exactly accommodates the number of square tiles, you may need to trim the edges. Otherwise, the decking will look short or exceed the surface to be covered. Just measure the necessary length of each tile to be cut. Use a pencil to draw a line as guide for cutting. With a jigsaw, cut the tiles. If there are screws or any other obstructions beneath the tiles, remove them first with a screwdriver or other appropriate tool.