Tufright Composite decking tiles are a cost-effective and durable alternative to the traditional wood decking.
Praised by DIYers for their installation ease and competing with wooden decks for their aesthetic look and feel, this solution should appeal to any homeowners who want to renovate their outdoor space on a budget.
Tufright Composite Decking is made from wood saw dust/bamboo fibres, recycled HDPE plastics, UV additives, environmentally friendly bonding agents, and colouring agents.
It has a very long lifespan – it is durable, splinter-free, resistant to termites and does not require re-oiling or sealing, and is moisture resistant.
Tufright Composite Decking is designed to meet the needs and requirements of domestic and commercial customers.
Custom-sized and available in unique and expressive colours, textures, and finishes, our decking and cladding is the perfect combination of form and function. Tufright decking and cladding is renowned for its resilience, versatility, seamless and smooth installation, and visual appeal that stands out in all environments. With its strength and style composite decking is suited for pool, patio, alfresco or even as a raised platform for eating or entertainment, providing safe, long wearing and eco-friendly sophistication.
Step 1 – Calculate your material needs
The first step in laying decking squares is figuring out how many units you need. Most have a standard size of 30×30 centimetres, which means you’ll need eleven tiles to cover one square metre.
With this in mind, measure the length and width of your area and calculate your needs multiplying the two numbers together.
For example, an area of 2×3 metres equals six square metres – meaning you’ll need 66 tiles to cover the whole surface.
Step 2 – Clean and prepare the surface
Debris, such as small stones, but also moss, algae, or mould can compromise the stability of your structure. It is therefore best practice to clean the area before installing your new tiles.
If there is only large debris to get rid of, a broom should suffice. Otherwise, we recommend using a pressure washer or patio cleaner to remove all dirt and dust from your surface. During this stage you must also inspect the surface and make sure it is even.
Most tiles won’t interlock when laid on uneven surfaces, so you must be sure to fix any issues before starting.
Step 3 – Lay the squares
All deck tiles are easy to install, but some interlock when placed in a specific position, while others interlock regardless of their position or orientation. In the former case, we recommend placing all squares in position before installing them, as this will speed up the process.
If you want to create a colour pattern or design using different styles of tiles, arrange them in position during this stage.
Start from a corner and interlock the first two units. Continue with the next tile to form a row along the length of the perimeter. Repeat this process until you have covered the entire length, making sure each unit has clicked into place.
Repeat with the next rows until you have covered the entire perimeter. If necessary, use a jigsaw or mitre saw to cut the last tiles to dimension and guarantee a perfect fit.
Step 4 – Fix the decking
This step is optional, but we suggest fixing the structure to the ground if you want to use the surface on a permanent basis.
Because the tiles stay fixed in position, fastening the corners is usually sufficient. Use the drill to make holes and fasten the corners to the concrete with long masonry screws.
Step 5 – Install corners and edges
For a neat finish, install corner pieces and edges along the perimeter. Alternatively, you can use pebbles or gravel to create a transition area between the deck and the house or lawn.
That’s it! You can now enjoy your brand-new outdoor surface!
While the installation process is very similar, laying deck tiles on soil require a few extra steps.
That being said, you will need to lay a weed barrier under the surface to prevent grass and weeds from growing between the tiles. This is a straightforward process; just lay the barrier on the ground, making sure it covers the entire area under the deck.
If you want to lay the tiles around flowerbeds or trees, you might have to cut some of them to guarantee a perfect fit.
To do this, use tracing paper and a pencil to draw out the shape you need to cut, then cut the tiles using a mitre saw. Once you’ve done this, follow the steps above to install your squares, skipping the surface preparation (provided your surface is even).