Balcony FlooringConvenient options for elegant balcony floors
Why put up with drab grey concrete when in just hours you could be enjoying an elegant natural wood or modern paver surface on your balcony?
For floor covering options other than natural wood, take a look at our range of 24” x 24” or 16” x 48” porcelain tiles which can also be laid as ‘floating’ flooring using support pads or adjustable pedestals under each corner of the pavers. See here for more info. These tiles come in an exceptionally wide range of colors and styles, including wood look, stone look, concrete look and modern urban styles, so you have much more opportunity to locate a tile that will blend with your interior décor. In most cases these larger format tiles will need to be cut to size, so the installation cost can be somewhat more labor intensive than with interlocking deck tiles mentioned below. But conversely, porcelain tiles are extremely resistant to freeze/thaw cracking, fading, staining and growth of mold and mildew, so long term maintenance requirements are very low.
If you prefer the look and feel of natural wood, interlocking deck tiles offer the simplest and quickest way of transforming any hard surface – they simply snap together without fuss or effort. And since you can normally lay them yourself, you can not only avoid the expense of outside contractors, but you can avoid having tradespersons wandering through your home day after day, disrupting your life and creating a mess.
And there’s no tedious surface preparation needed 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. You don’t even need to worry about alignment or spacing, because the connecting tabs ensure each tile is automatically aligned with precise spacing.
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’ with the plastic mesh base allowing water to flow away unobstructed as it would on any uncovered balcony floor, you really shouldn’t face 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.
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 with a lot of falling leaves, it’s a good idea to vacuum between the tiles from time to time to prevent any buildup of leaf debris.
Whichever type of tile you choose – interlocking deck tiles or porcelain pavers – you’re sure to be delighted not only because your balcony will look so much better, but you’ll enjoy using it so much more.