Everything You Need to Know About Wood Deck Tiles

Wood deck tiles are a popular, cost-effective way to cover an ugly patio or deck, or to create a small outdoor living space on the cheap.

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What are Wood Deck Tiles

Wood deck tiles are a popular, cost-effective way to cover an ugly patio or deck, or to create a small outdoor living space on the cheap.

The tiles, which come in a variety of sizes and styles, simply snap together, so you don’t need any special tools. According to Archatrak, a company in Maryland that specializes in wood deck tiles, the trend became popular in Japan due to the fact that so many people were living in densely populated areas without much land for outdoor living. IKEA’s Runnen wood deck tiles also provide a quick, inexpensive solution for a small backyard or apartment balcony.

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Wood Deck Tile Pros

  • Wood deck tiles are easy to install. Since the tiles just lock together, you can install them quickly and without any special tools or skills. And, if one needs to be replaced, you can just snap in a new one. Learn how to build a deck over a concrete patio.
  • If you’re renting or just want a temporary solution, wood deck tiles are a good option since you can just pick them up and take them with you when you move. Here’s how to refinish a deck and restore it back to new!
  • The deck tiles can be placed over an existing surface, such as concrete, stone, brick and even wood decking. They are extremely durable and non-slip. Wood deck tiles, such as these from 3rd Street Inn, can be re-stained as needed, painted and can be coated with weatherproof sealer. A 10-pack of 12 by 12 tiles (also available in gray) cost just $50 on Amazon.

Wood Deck Tile Cons

  • Drawbacks of using wood deck tiles include visible seams. Of course this depends on the specific style you choose and how they are laid out. Some consumers note they don’t like the visible seams.
  • The fact that wood deck tiles aren’t permanent can be a con for some. If you’re looking for a long-term solution, wood deck tiles may not be the way to go.
  • Don’t expect wood deck tiles to add much value if you plan on selling your home. Since they aren’t permanent, if you’re looking to increase the value of your home, you’re better off adding a wood deck or concrete patio.

Why Choose Wood Deck Tiles Over Other Deck Materials

  • Grass: Wood deck tiles can be installed above grass. Dig down 2-1/2 in. where the deck tiles will be laid. Apply a 1-1/2 in. thick layer of gravel. Place the deck tiles onto the gravel and hammer them flat.
  • Concrete: You can definitely place these wood deck tiles over concrete but you need some help. Use deck tile connectors to assemble your new deck. They easily snap together and are relatively cheap.
  • Gravel: Simply make sure your gravel is level and wood deck tiles will easily be installed just like on any other surface.

Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.