RESEALING DEKTEK TILE’S CONCRETE DECK TILES
DekTek Tiles need to be resealed every 3 years in cold climates and every 4 years in warmer climates or indoor applications.
STEP 1 - POWER-WASHING THE CONCRETE DECK TILES
Power-wash your deck making sure to spray the dirt and pine needles, etc., out of the joints. If you do not have a power washer, use a hose with a nozzle. Let the tiles dry overnight. Be sure to check the weather and make sure you will have the next 48 hours without rain.
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STEP 2 - RESEALING THE DEKTEKTILES
For resealing using ‘Alliance Gator Seal’, mix approximately 50% sealer and 50% xylene. When resealing, we don’t want to use full strength sealer because it may cause the seal coat to build up too thick and cause it to trap water causing the tiles to give off a hazy or milky look. (See Resealing Video below.)
Apply sealer with roller and then back roll to even out the sealer. Make sure you don’t get sealer on adjacent materials – wood, composite, trims, etc. Do NOT use a brush to seal the tiles. It can leave awkward brush marks on the tiles and does not disperse the appropriate amount of sealers on the tile.
Let sealer dry for 24 hours before light traffic or walking on the tiles.
If using a different brand of sealer, check with manufacturer for thinning and resealing information. For questions, feel free to call us at 218-380-9330.
ADDING SLIP RESISTANT ADDITIVE:
If you want a nonskid deck, add ‘Butterfield’ slip resistant additive to the sealer. Read instructions on bottle for how much to add to sealer. Stir sealer constantly to keep nonslip additive from settling at the bottom. If an extra nonslip deck is desired, you can also add fine silica grit to the freshly sealed wet tiles by using a saltshaker-type dispenser to gently shake on tiles. Then back roll another layer of sealer over the silica grit to cover the grit with sealer.
Resealing will cover most minor scratches and abrasions. If you have a deeper scratch, do a water test; put water on the scratch and look to see if it makes the scratch disappear. If the scratch disappears, then the sealer will remove it. If after getting the scratch wet, it still does not look satisfactory, then use a colored marker that is close to the tile color to color the scratch. Apply the colored marker to scratch. Dip finger in water to blend color into the tile by rubbing water on the scratch to blend into the tile.
How to Reseal Your DekTek Concrete Decking