Tuesday, August 22, 2017

DekTek Tile's Sleeper System Installation Method for Elevated Decks!

DekTek Tile's “Sleeper System Installation Method” for installing  concrete deck tiles.




DekTek Tile has two installation options when installing the concrete deck tiles on an elevated deck. In this video we demonstrate how to properly install DekTek’s concrete tile decks using the Sleeper System Installation Method.

DekTek’s Sleeper System install method works best on these applications:

ü When the joists are NOT 16"o.c.

ü New construction decks

ü Deck renovations where there are not height restrictions. (The Sleeper System requires an additional 1-1/2” in height from the existing deck joists.)

Step by step instructions on how to install The Sleeper Installation Method for DekTek Tile’s concrete tile decks.

1.    Lay 2x4s flat & install them perpendicular (the opposite way) across the joists. Set these 2x4 sleepers 16"o.c. for the tiles to be set on. Be sure to take time to lay out the tile pattern so that you can minimize narrow cut tiles, giving it a professional quality look. Once you decide on the tile pattern then you can install the sleepers to accommodate the desired tile pattern.


2.    We also recommend you drill 1 or 2 holes approximately ½” in size through the 2x4 sleepers between the tile joints so the water can drain better. (We recommend these holes can be drilled as you set the tiles, so it's more precise for water drainage.)


3.    Some additional blocking may be needed on the sleeper installs for the edge trims and deck railing.


4.    After sleepers are installed and any additional blocking for deck posts, edge trims is complete then you can install the edge trim (wood or composite) around the perimeter of the deck, (you don’t need to install edge trim along the house edge unless you want it for the look, or it allows you to not have to make a narrow-cut tile?


5.    Now you can lay the tile according to your tile layout plan, apply a 3/8” bead of adhesive in a straight line along each side of the sleeper where the tile is going to be set and then set tile in place, adjust position as necessary? Once you have a full line of tile set then use a long level or straightedge to check the straightness of the tile line. There may be a few tiles that are slightly larger or smaller than the others and will need to be centered between the two surrounding rows of tile. If you have a tile or part of a tile that sets lower than the rest, then you might need to lift it back up and shim the low spot and then add more adhesive and reset it.


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For questions about installing DekTek Tile’s gorgeous concrete tile decking using the Sleeper System Method call 218-380-9330 or email us at info@dektektile.com. You can also visit our website dektektile.com for more  information and pictures about the luxury tile decks. We look forward to transforming your decks and outdoor living spaces!
~The DekTek Tile Team

Saturday, October 29, 2016


What can I do to keep bugs & pesky critters from coming through the tile joints on my screened in DekTek Tile porch?

The reason many homeowners build screened in decks or 3 season porches is so they can enjoy the outdoors without mother nature's little critters getting too close. When installing your DekTek Tile deck, you can easily prevent the pesky critters, insects, and bugs from invading your three-season porch or screened in deck if you install a screen underneath the deck at the bottom of the joists during the building process.

Another simple solution for keeping out those unwanted creatures would be to grout the tile. (This is only recommended on indoor or covered areas that do not get much water, or if your deck is pitched enough to drain.)  If your deck is exposed to the elements and water needs to drain through the tile, then you would not want to grout the tile.  If grouting the tile does work for your application, you need to use a flexible grout like silicone or acrylic.  DO NOT USE CEMENTITIOUS GROUT because the flexing of the wood deck will crack the grout. 


For questions or information about DekTek Tile decks, please contact us:

Phone: 218-380-9330

Website: dektektile.com

Email: info@dektektile.com



Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Can DekTek Tiles Be Installed Over Your Existing Deck?


We hear many customers ask, can DekTek Tiles go over my existing deck? So in today's post we would like to shed some light on this question.


Yes! DekTek Tiles can be installed over your existing deck but there are a few stipulations that your old deck must meet first.
  • Your existing deck must be in good enough shape to install DekTek Tiles over them. If you have a rotting old deck where the wood deck boards are about to give way, it would not work to lay DekTek Tile over your existing deck. DekTek Tiles weight 11 pounds per square foot so your existing deck needs to be in good enough shape to hold that and would also need to be framed for 11 pounds per square foot. As you see in the photo above. This North Oaks, Minnesota wood deck was an existing green treated 2” x 6” decking that was structurally sound, so in some situations like this one you can install DekTek Tiles right over your existing deck.
  • In order to be able to install DekTek Tiles right over your old decking material, height constraints must not be an issue. DekTek Tiles are 1" thick (same thickness as standard decking materials), but if you are wanting to set these concrete tiles over your existing deck, you will need 1-1/2" thick minimum which takes into account DekTek Tiles are slightly crowned in the center of the tiles so the water will drain properly, plus accounts for shimming the tiles up.
  • On this particular application above, they are in an enclosed three season porch that is screened in so very rarely will the water come in. This type of situation is best when installing DekTek's Tiles over your existing deck, as it ensures there will not be any water issues. Especially in states like Minnesota where they get the full range of weather conditions with rain and snow, it is important that the water be able to drain all the way through your deck. With this being said, we recommend the concrete deck tiles be shimmed up 1/16" to 1/4" to allow the water to drain through your existing deck better.
  • For decks that are not covered, we feel the best installation process is to remove the existing decking because water could get trapped between existing deck boards and the concrete tile. This being said, ultimately it is up to you and your contractor to make that final decision. If you do wish to proceed installing DekTek Tiles over your existing deck that is not covered and exposed to all of the elements, it may work better to remove a few of your deck boards to maximize the water drainage.  
  • On any installation of DekTek Tiles over existing decking, the edge of the tiles must be set directly over the existing joist. The only exception is if the existing decking is 2" thick, in which case they do not have to be set a specific way.
For further questions regarding DekTek Tiles being installed over your existing old deck, contact 218-380-9330 or email info@dektektile.com. Visit the DekTek Tile website for pictures and more information about the different applications DekTek Tiles can create outdoor elegance on.




Friday, April 29, 2016

Welcome to the DekTek Tile Blog! 


DekTek Tile is the new, elegant, and innovative precast concrete decking material that is transforming the decking industry. DekTek Tiles are a beautiful alternative decking product especially designed for elevated decks and roof decks, but will also add class and elegance to all of your outdoor living areas.

DekTek Tile's high strength concrete pavers are engineered to span across 16" o.c. wood joists and can be used on most standard wood-framed raised decks, with only minor modifications. Unlike any other deck paver on the market, DekTek concrete tiles do not need any substrates or substantial reinforcement when building your deck.

DekTek’s custom poured 1” thick concrete deck tiles are designed to be the same thickness as standard decking products so they can be used in conjunction with wood or composite decking materials for accents, borders, or edge trims.

Here are more of the benefits DekTek Tile offers:
  • No worries about fading.  Unlike wood & composite decking, your tiles will keep their beautiful look. 
  • Designed to be more durable & weather resistant than standard decking materials.
  • Low maintenance, spend your time enjoying your deck without the hassles of mold, rotting wood, chipping & peeling and that constant upkeep of cleaning, scrubbing, staining, and sealing your deck.
  • Heavy duty framing is not necessary.  Most standard framing is sufficient with only minor modifications. 
  • Non-combustible decking material.
  • A vibrant, upscale alternative to standard decking materials.
  • Easy to install when building or remodeling your beautiful outdoor living space.
  • Makes beautiful accent decks.  With DekTek tiles the same thickness as standard wood & composite decking, new additions are simple.
  • Adds a classy upscale feel, bringing a warm indoor elegance to your outdoor living spaces:  decks, balconies, roof-decks, patios, kitchens, concrete slabs, three season porches, fire-pits, and ground pavers.
Call 218-380-9330 or visit http://dektektile.com for more information or to learn how to create your own outdoor elegance!