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***Please note, it is now REQUIRED on all of our elevated decking applications to either apply a sister joist to each main joist or use our 2x4 sleeper system method when installing DekTek Tile.*** See Installation - "Elevated Decks" for more information, or please call 218-380-9330 with questions.

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Framing

1. Lateral bracing, same width as existing joists, is required at a maximum of 4' on center.

 

 

Step 1

2. Add a sister joist to each existing joist and be sure to leave a ½” to ¾” drain plate (spacer) in between the sister joist and the main joist. If joists are capable of handling 11 pounds per square foot dead load then a 2"x4" sister joist is sufficient. If additional joist capacity is needed then you might have to add a  2"x6", 2"x8", or 2"x10", etc. in lieu of a 2"x4". Your local lumber yard can usually calculate this for you. Make sure you also calculate the load for the beams that carry the joists.

 

Step 2

 3. Install edge trims. Borders must be mechanically fastened at the outside edges. If you prefer not to have a border, you can also bring the facia board up 1” and butt the tiles right to the facia board.

 

Step 3

 

Setting

DekTek Tile CAD Drawing

Tile setting skills are highly recommended.

Setting Equipment Needed:

  • Caulk Gun
  • 10" Wet Diamond Saw
  • Chalk Line
  • Tape Measure

First layout the tile grid plan for overall tile positioning. If you are using wood or composite decking for trim or borders then they have to be installed first and then DekTek Tile filled in between them. The tile must have a minimum of 3/8 inch bearing on joist. Tile is then set using a high quality exterior polyurethane adhesive directly to wood joists. We recommend Liquid Nails Marble & Granite and Solid Surface Materials Adhesive and Liquid Nails Polyurethane Adhesive. It has a high temperature range of -20º F to 300º F and has a longer open time for adjusting tiles after they are set. Tiles should be set with an approximately 1/8 inch gap between tiles which allows water to drain.

 

Step 4

 

Sealing

DekTek Tiles should be sealed with a high quality concrete sealer on top and all sides before installing. Be careful not to apply sealer to bottom of tile. When sealer is applied to bottom of tile it can break the bond of the adhesive.

 

***Please note, it is now REQUIRED on all of our elevated decking applications to either apply a sister joist to each main joist or use our 2x4 sleeper system method when installing DekTek Tile.*** See Installation - "Elevated Decks" for more information, or please call 218-380-9330 with questions.

Sealers for DekTek Tile

We recommend using a good solvent-based sealer that is for acid stained or stamped concrete. We do not recommend any specific brand. There are many brands of concrete sealers on the market that are high quality. Please feel free to consult your local concrete expert. One brand that we have used with success is "Gator Seal," made by Alliance.

***Water-based sealers are not recommended because they tend to peel. We also do not recommend using penetrating sealers as our tiles are too dense and it does not protect the tile surface.***

 

***We recommend rolling on a layer of the sealer before you install the tiles, which allows you to coat the edges of the tile for better protection.***

 

DekTek Tiles need to be sealed every 3 years, especially in cold climates to protect against freeze thaw and other elements. By sealing your tiles every 3 years, this will give you the maximum longevity out of the product.

 

Gator Seal Sealers:

These sealers are used for the very first application.

Satin Look Finish - Low Gloss

Wet Look Finish - High Gloss

 

Re-Sealing Your DekTek Tile Deck:

Gator Seal "Resealer"

Whether you use Satin Look or Wet Look sealer on your first initial sealcoat, it is recommended that you use Alliance's Gator Seal "Resealer" on all future sealcoats.

It is common for some sealers to form a cloudy or foggy look after a period of time. DO NOT BE ALARMED, this is a normal occurrence and it is easily fixed:

 

Remove Cloudiness

Xylene (or Xylol) – For Solvent-Based Sealer ONLY

Use Xylene (sometimes called xylol), and roll it on just as you would roll on another layer of sealer. We recommend one person rolling it on and having a second person back rolling with a dry roller nap to soak up the excess xylene.

Another option, if two people are not available, is for you to roll on the xylene in a smaller area, and then back roll before the xylene evaporates. This method works well for the brand Gator Seal.

If using a different brand of sealer, please check with the manufacturer to see if this system is approved. You can purchase Xylene from your local paint or hardware store.

 

Make Your Deck Extra Non-Skid

Here are the simple steps to give your deck a non-skid surface. This is recommended for all decks, especially these applications below:

  • Decks that get snow and winter traffic
  • Decks exposed to a fair amount of water
  • Stairs and Steps
  • Pool Decks
  • Want to take extra precautions

 

Steps to Give Your Deck a Non-Skid Surface:

  • Add a specially designed sand-grit to the sealer, i.e. "Shark Grip". Use the proper amount recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Stir sealer and sand-grit together until evenly mixed.
  • Apply sand-grit sealer to tile.
  • Keep the sealer agitated so the sand doesn’t settle to the bottom.
  • Enjoy your Non-Skid deck!

 

*DekTek, Inc. shall have no liability for defects or damage resulting from application of concrete sealer or surface treatments.* See DekTek Tile warranty.