Take Your Deck with You: The Ultimate Guide to Decking Tiles for Renters

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Transform Your Rental With Ease: Upgrade Your Outdoor Space With Decking Tiles

Renters don’t fret! Deckings tiles could be your outdoor decking solution. Upgrade your space with convenient installation and beautiful styles and take your decking with you when you move. In this blog we discuss an overview of why decking tiles are a great option for renters as well as a brief explanation of the most popular types of decking tiles that are available in South Africa.


The Beauty of Take-Away Decks: Why Decking Tiles are Perfect for Renters

If you want to elevate your outdoor space with a deck, but your landlord/lease is against it, then decking tiles may be the perfect solution for you. Not only is it an easy way to make a major change to your home’s outdoor look and feel, but it does this while giving you the possibility to take your decking with you when you move. Don’t let the limitations of renting get you down, your options are virtually endless when it comes to decking tiles.

No one wants a bland concrete patio, using the right decking tiles can completely transform your outdoor space (sometimes in as short a time as 1 weekend) without compromising whatever underlying surface there may be. Installing decking tiles is often an option that does not require landlord approval, however, we do highly recommend that you run it by your landlord before investing in a decking tile project, as some leases have restrictions on any type of alteration.

Decking tiles are generally very simple to install, leaving minimal construction mess and damage to property (note that some types of decking tiles may leave indents on softer underlying surfaces), and more importantly, they give you the option to remove them with minimal effort so that you can move your decking with you. The convenience aspect of decking tiles is a major selling point, we know, but don’t let it distract you from the beautiful aesthetics and the functionalities they offer to your outdoor space. With the wide variety of materials and styles available allow almost anyone to find a decking solution that matches their vision.


Choosing the Perfect Decking Solution: A Guide to Different Types of Decking Tiles

There is a wide variety of decking tiles available, and we highly recommend you talk to a professional about your needs before making a final decision on which one you are going to use. That being said, here is a brief overview of the most popular decking tiles that are currently available:


Wooden Decking Tiles

Traditional timber decking tiles are made from hardwoods usually (teak, cedar, acacia, etc.). Wooden decking tiles are popular for their natural aesthetic and inherent durability. With a vast array of wood types, each boasting their own unique characteristics, you’re sure to find a style that perfectly suits your needs. Although wood decking tiles are durable, they suffer from the same common drawbacks as other wood products (being vulnerable to water, sun and weather damage for example). They thus need frequent maintenance and extra care, such as sealing and staining, to keep them looking pristine for a long period of time.

On a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of relocation difficulty (1 being the easiest and 10 being impossible), wooden decking tiles would be a 4.


Wood Composite Decking Tiles

Composite decking tiles are made by blending wood fibres with plastic resins (usually recycled plastics), which results in a material that offers inherent resistances and durability while being eco-friendly. These decking tiles are available in a range of colours and finishes, many are masterfully crafted to resemble natural wood while spotting enhanced resistance to water, weather, rot and pests. Composite decking tiles require little maintenance, only needing occasional cleaning to maintain their appearance – composite decking tiles are generally also UV-resistant, allowing them to retain their colour for a long time.

On a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of relocation difficulty (1 being the easiest and 10 being impossible), wood composite decking tiles would be a 3.


Plastic & Rubber Decking Tiles

Plastic and rubber decking tiles are ideal options for those looking for a non-slip surface – around pools or outdoor hot tubs for example (noted that not all plastic and rubber tiles have non-stick properties). These types of decking tiles are inherently resistant to moisture, however, they become very hot in direct sunlight and are unsightly to some. Rubber decking tiles in particular often offer a soft, comfortable feel underfoot and are generally made from recycled materials. Plastic decking tiles are a lightweight option that are easily installed yourself. Both of these materials are low-maintenance and may only require regular cleaning to retain their appearance and non-slip properties.

On a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of relocation difficulty (1 being the easiest and 10 being impossible), plastic and rubber decking tiles would be a 1.


Natural Stone Decking Tiles

Stone decking tiles are usually made from stone such as granite, slate, limestone and travertine. All of these stone options are popular for their natural beauty and their inherent low-maintenance durability. Each of the stone options offer their own unique characteristics such as: different hardnesses, colours, patterns, texture and maintenance requirements, making it possible for most people to find an option that suits their style and specific needs for their outdoor spaces.

On a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of relocation difficulty (1 being the easiest and 10 being impossible), natural stone decking tiles would be a 9.


Porcelain Decking Tiles

Porcelain decking tiles are versatile and inherently durable, they can also be quite brittle and heavy. They are non-porous, which makes them naturally resistant to moisture and stains, porcelain is also resistant to extreme temperatures due to being fired at 1200°C-1400°C which makes them very dense and resistant to thermal expansion/contraction. The range of aesthetic options available with regard to porcelain are virtually endless, this coupled with their durability and low-maintenance requirements make these decking tiles a fantastic option for a wide variety of outdoor projects.

On a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of relocation difficulty (1 being the easiest and 10 being impossible), porcelain decking tiles would be an 8.

Please note that different types of decking tiles will vary significantly in terms of installation difficulty, maintenance and portability. For instance: composite decking tiles, with their interlocking design are specifically designed for ease of installation and removal, however, stone or porcelain decking tiles are much heavier and are rarely manufactured with portability in mind. It’s extremely important to keep this in mind and to consult with a professional before making any final decisions.

In sum, decking tiles offer a versatile, stylish solution to improve your outdoor spaces. They are an especially great option for renters who might want to move their deck along with them one day. With a variety of materials, colours and finish to choose from, there really is a decking tile option for almost anyone. Just keep in mind the varying difficulty in installation and relocation of each material and we highly recommend you speak with a professional before making any final decisions. For more information on how to install decking tiles, check out our blog , How to Lay Decking Tiles. Feel free to have a look at any of our other blogs on topics related to decking, fascia boards and much more, and check out our range of decking tiles if you are interested, they are sure to fit your needs and vastly improve your outdoor space.

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