Backyard Decking Finding the ideal solution for a backyard deck can be a difficult task. In particular any deck needs to be integrated with the rest of the house and the surrounding landscape, otherwise it will stick out like the proverbial sore thumb. So building a custom deck can sometimes be a bit of a risk as you don't really know what it will look like until it's finished.
So just what other choices are there for backyard decks?
One of the most versatile options is to lay down deck tiles. Firstly however you'll need to ensure the surface is well compacted if laying them directly on the ground. Ideally they should be a laid on a layer of well compacted gravel if they are not being used to cover an existing concrete slab. If laying them direct on the ground you'll also need to put down a weed control mat under the tiles first.
One of the great benefits of modular tiles is that you can extend the deck any direction you like, as far as you like and at any time you feel like. And if you need to fit the deck around posts or poles you can easily cut the tiles with a jigsaw or handsaw.
Most makes have several designs to chose from so you can add a border or central feature. To finish of the edges of the deck, clip on reducers are generally available which clip onto the outside edge to give a totally professional finish.
And there's no need to worry about exterior weather affecting the tiles. Provided the tiles use the wood species mentioned in our wood tile page the decking tiles will stand up to the harshest climates...blazing hot sun, pouring rains and mounds of snow, and will keep looking great day after day, year after year.
To keep them looking at their optimum condition and to slow down the natural greying process, we always recommend applying a coat of good quality decking oil every 6 to 12 months. Other than that, a brush with a broom or quick wash with water every once in a while is all that's required to keep your backyard deck looking great year after year.