Balcony FlooringConvenient options for elegant balcony floors
Why put up with boring concrete on your balcony when in an hour or less you could have an elegant natural wood or stone tile surface that will compliment your interior flooring and give you more opportunity for enjoyment?
Architrex tiles simply snap together, so you can easily lay them yourself. You don’t have to put up with tradespersons wandering through your home day after day, disrupting your life and creating a mess.
And there’s no tedious surface preparation required either… just give the balcony floor a good sweep. Then you simply clip the tiles to each other with the inbuilt connecting tabs, which locks them securely in position. And you don’t need to worry about alignment or spacing of the tiles, because the connecting tabs ensure each tile is automatically aligned perfectly with precise spacing.
Since the tiles come with either wood, stone, composite wood or pebble surface finish, you have a lot of options in balcony decorating ideas. As for installation, the easiest tiles to install are probably the wood or composite wood tiles, since if you have to cut any tiles to fit the area precisely, or to fit around any pipes or other obstructions, these tiles can be easily cut with just a handsaw. Although if you own a power saw or jigsaw, it will make the task even easier.
With the EzyTile range of stone tiles however, if you need to cut any tiles, then you really need to use a wet saw. But if you don’t want to rent a saw or prefer not to cut the tiles, it needn’t be a problem. If you’re left with a gap of less than full tile width against your wall, one solution is to fill the gap either with some attractive river pebbles. In fact if you want to add a bit more creativity to your balcony surface, one idea which works well is to leave out a tile or two in strategic spots and then fill the gap with pebbles.
Although interlocking deck tiles are not normally regarded as a “permanent “ structure, you should always seek approval from the building owner or condo management authority before purchasing any tiles and maybe check any local building codes. As they are essentially a ‘floating floor’ covering and the plastic mesh base on the underside of the tiles allows water to flow away unobstructed as it normally would on an uncovered balcony floor, you really should not face any objections from the building owner/condo authority. And because the interlocking tabs hold each tile tightly in place, they won’t fall off the balcony or blow away in normal wind gusts.
If you have a particularly long or wide balcony, or if you are looking for other balcony decorating ideas, you may wish to consider our range of 2′ x 2′ porcelain tiles which can also be laid as ‘floating’ flooring using support pads under each corner of the pavers. See here for more info.
Interlocking balcony tiles need very little maintenance. Just sweep your balcony floor with a broom every so often to remove dirt or maybe give them a wash with water. In the Fall, if you live in an area where you are faced with a lot of falling leaves, it’s probably a good idea to vacuum between the tiles from time to time to prevent any buildup of leaf debris.
But whichever tile you choose – wood, composite wood, stone or pebble – you’re sure to be delighted not only because your balcony will look so much better, but you’ll enjoy using it much more for relaxing or entertaining.