Pedestals systems make the job easier, plain and simple. Offering a variety of benefits, they’ll help you save time, labour and money. Now that you’ve decided on the right pedestal system for your project, it’s time to decide what you’ll use as a surface.
Whether you’re building a raised floor, deck, patio or even a rooftop garden, structural wood tiles are a great choice when you’re looking for the traditional aesthetics and warmth of wood. A cost-effective and time-saving alternative to traditional wood decking methods, wood tiles offer a variety of benefits and advantages. When used in conjunction with a pedestal system, wood tiles are an ideal solution to an assortment of issues.
Wood tiles are constructed of a variety of woods, including exotics, which makes it easy to design the space you want. Providing high structural strength, dimensional stability and low flexing; they’re a great way to add a luxurious, modern twist to your design, yet retain the warmth and tradition of wood.
Advantages of Using Wood Tiles with Pedestals
- Easy installation
- A solution to building in places where permanent structures are not permitted
- No damage to waterproof membranes
- When used in conjunction with an adjustable pedestal system, can be used over sloped surfaces
- Water easily drains through the slats, eliminating pooling
Any place where you want to use a pedestal system for your floating floor, you can use wood tiles. Consider them for a stylish and low-maintenance deck, patio, pool deck, sun deck or even a green roof. When choosing wood tiles that are designed to work with an adjustable pedestal system, you’ll even have the ability to use them on sloped or uneven surfaces.
Installing wood tiles is similar to the installation of porcelain tiles on a pedestal system, as explained here. With tiles made of porcelain or natural stone, their weight holds them in place. Because wood is lighter, some brands of wood tiles are equipped with a small hole in each corner where a screw and washer are inserted and fastened to the pedestal. This locks the wood tile onto the pedestal to ensure a level, safe and secure surface. It is also a good idea to restrain the tiles around the perimeter of your structure with a low wall or trim to prevent these modular decking tiles from moving.
Because pedestal decks are useful in hiding electrical and plumbing conduits underneath, the choice of wood tiles over wood planks will add to your convenience. When using wood tiles, it is easy to detach a single tile to inspect what lies beneath, rather than ripping up large areas of your deck.
While not quite as low maintenance as other types of outdoor tiles, the amount of maintenance required can vary by manufacturer. Some wood tiles may come with a factory-applied oil coating. With most brands, the ends have had a wax-like coating applied to the ends. If your wood tiles have not been pre-treated, you should apply a good quality decking oil immediately after installation to protect your investment. An oil-based finish with ultraviolet inhibitors will help to retain the wood’s natural beauty, or you can leave it bare and allow the wood to weather to a silvery finish.
Choosing wood tiles to go atop of your pedestal system will allow you to create a unique and beautiful rooftop environment, raised patio, terrace or deck. They can be used to disguise damaged or unsightly concrete surfaces, or to create a stable and level on rooftops without damaging expensive roofing systems.
Whether you’re dealing with a cracked concrete slab, rooftop or any other outdoor surface, wood tiles combined with a pedestal system will quickly transform it into an attractive, modern outdoor living space that you’ll enjoy year after year.