How to Install SwiftDeck Wood Deck Tiles
To install SwiftDeck Ipe wood deck tiles, you just need a tape measure, sharp knife and Phillips head screwdriver. If you need to cut the tiles to fit around pipes, posts or other fixed features you’ll also need a handsaw or power saw to cut the tiles. Everything you need for quick and easy installation is included in each box of SwiftDeck tiles.
Just follow these basic steps:
Step 1 – Design your deck
It’s a good idea to sketch your proposed design on paper before you start. You can easily create unique patterns, designs and borders by aligning the tiles in different directions or by using a combination of different tile styles. And remember, if you don’t like the first design you’ve put down, you can simply lift up the tiles and re-install them in a different pattern. You might find it helpful to use our Visualizer to check the difference in appearance between basketweave or parallel designs for example.
Step 2 - Prepare the surface
Although SwiftDeck Ipe wood deck tiles can be laid over most hard surfaces (concrete, asphalt, gravel, hard dirt), there should be no large cracks, bumps or depressions which could cause the tiles to lie unevenly or “rock” on the surface. If the surface is particularly rough or cracked, it’s advisable to level the surface with a suitable exterior patching compound or filler. On hard dirt surfaces, sand or gravel, the surface should firstly be leveled, well compacted and then covered with a weed control barrier. To provide good drainage under the tiles, the surface should normally slope slightly away from the outer wall of any structures.
Step 3 – Click the tiles in place
In most cases it’s best to start laying the tiles from one of the outer corners of the area you want to cover and work inwards towards the exterior wall. After you have positioned the first tile in the corner of your workspace, take a second tile and align the connecting tabs on one edge of the first tile with the corresponding connecting tabs on the second tile. Push the second tile down firmly so that both tiles lock firmly together. Repeat this simple "snap in place" process, working in a diagonal direction across the area.
If installing the tiles in an area confined by walls on opposite sides, it's important that a small gap is left against the wall to allow for expansion of the tiles which occurs not only due to temperature changes but also due to expansion of the wood when it absorbs moisture.
Step 4 – Finishing touches
With the last row of tiles, you may need to cut some tiles to fit any remaining gap. SwiftDeck Ipe wood tiles can be easily cut with a handsaw, jigsaw or other power saw, taking care the saw does not contact any of the screws in the base of the tile. You can also cut the tiles to fit around posts or pipes.
To provide a neat, professional finish to your design, straight edging is available which clips onto the edge of the outer row of tile. Mitered corner edging is available (in pairs) for external corners.
Step 5 – Caring for your deck
Although our Ipe wood tiles are coated with a decking oil at the factory, this is a very simple decking oil which is basically designed to enhance the initial appearance of the tiles.
For maximum weather protection, enhanced resistance to mildew or mold formation and to reduce the rate at which the tiles will naturally fade when exposed to direct sunlight, we strongly recommend applying a good quality decking oil/sealer to the deck tiles as soon as practical after installation.
Follow up applications should be carried out every 12 months or so, depending on your climatic conditions, the degree of exposure to sun and rain, and the recommendations of the decking oil/sealer manufacturer.
We strongly recommend using one of the more specialized products which include UV inhibitors and/or transparent iron oxides and have a high solids content rather than simple oil and turpentine-based products.
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