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Sealing the Ipe Deck Tiles

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

It was great to finally be able to let all the contest winners know that they won last week.  Everyone was thrilled and ready to get started on their next projects.  When the owner of that beautiful Ipe Deck got back to me she sent me a picture of her newly sealed deck and I had to share.  They said they had sealed the deck tiles and were loving it even more.  “Wishing summer never ended…”

Here is what the tile looked like before it was sealed.

Deck Tile Floor

Deck Tile Floor

The tiles look great natural like this but all hard woods will silver over time if you do not seal them.  Which means that these warm tones will start to fade and grey a little.  Some people choose not to seal the tile and let them take their natural course.  But if you want to make sure you retain those warm tones or enhance them you are going to want to seal the tiles.

This is what the tiles look like after they were sealed.

Sealed Ipe Deck Tiles

Sealed Ipe Deck Tiles

As you can see they have richer color and look much more finished.  Now it won’t stay this way forever and you will need to reseal depending on your climate and the look you want to achieve.  As a general recommendation you should reseal every year with Cabot Stain Australian Timber Oil.  Others that we have had good results with are Messmers Exotic Hardwood sealer and Penofin hardwood sealer (brown can) these color tints add UV protection to the wood and make the sealer last longer.  You can read about more deck tile maintenance here.

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Summer Lounging…

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Quite a few of the products we carry here at Design For Less have been used in big commercial installations.  One of them being the wood deck tiles at the stunning and classic L’Auberge Del Mar.

The biggest part of the renovation was the massive outdoor area home to lounge space, a restaurant and a bar.

*All pictures can be enlarge by clicking on them.
L'Auberge Del Mar Wood Deck Patio

L'Auberge Del Mar Wood Deck Patio

Building a wood deck on that scale is extremely expensive, especially with Ipe wood.  Ipe wood is the strongest and most durable wood decking you can use.  It is exceptionally durable, has the same fire rating as concrete and is obviously very dense.  So while it is the best material to use for a commercial deck plan like this it is also the hardest to install.

That’s where the wood deck tiles come in.  Ipe wood deck tiles eliminate basically all traditional deck construction cost.  To create the tiles the same durable Ipe wood is cut and mounted onto a plastic backing.  Each side of the plastic backing is equipped with an interlocking snap system which allows you to lock the wood deck tiles together with a step of your foot.

Ipe Wood Deck Tiles 12x12 & 12x24

Ipe Wood Deck Tiles 12x12 & 12x24

L'Auberge Wood Deck Fire Pit

L'Auberge Wood Deck Fire Pit

The use of the wood deck tiles at the L’Auberge cut the construction time by about 3 weeks.   By looking at the stunning view of the deck you would have no idea it was this easy and fast.

L'Auberge Del Mar Ipe Wood Deck

L'Auberge Del Mar Ipe Wood Deck

The Auberge used Ipe 12×24 (above) as well as Curupay 12×24 (below).  Even though we do not carry the Curupay you can still achieve the warmer red tones by using a wood sealer on the Ipe deck tiles.  Using a stain allows you to achieve your ideal tones without compromising on quality of wood.  Examples of wood sealers can be found in the installation tips below.

L'Auberge Del Mar Curupay Wood Deck Patio

L'Auberge Del Mar Curupay Wood Deck Patio

L'Auberge Wood Deck Tile Patio

L'Auberge Wood Deck Tile Patio

To keep with the relaxing and vacation in paradise feel of the hotel they also included a waterfall using the Standing River Rock pebble tiles. The Standing River Rock tiles are pebbles cut in half.  The cut edge is then mounted onto a mesh backing to create a stunning 3 dimensional look.  Perfect for water features like this or anywhere you are trying to create a visually stunning and relaxing space.

L'Auberge Del Mar Standing River Rock Pebble Tile Waterfall

L'Auberge Del Mar Standing River Rock Pebble Tile Waterfall

The restaurant overlooks this stunning water feature.

L'Auberge Del Mar Standing River Rock Waterfall

L'Auberge Del Mar Standing River Rock Waterfall

The Ipe or the Standing River Rock pebble tiles are not just for commercial applications though.  Here are some smaller residential installations done by Design For Less Clients.

Deck Tile Installation

Deck Tile Installation

You can see a video of more installations on our YouTube page.

It should be noted that you can take your deck with you anywhere.  These tiles can be uninstalled just as easy as you installed them.  If you are renting and and want to update your outdoor space the wood deck tiles are the perfect solution.  They can be installed on any level surface and instantly increase the beauty and value of your out door space.

Here are 5 easy steps for installation and a link to the Maintenance Guide.

1) Clean and sweep the level surface clean, if it is a waterproof surface you may want to re-seal the surface before installing the tiles.

2) Start laying the tile.  It is recommended to start laying the tile on one side and work your way out to the edges.  If dealing with an odd shape start with the leading edge that is most straight and work your way toward the terminating edge of your home.  You can use a rubber mallet to snap the tiles in place by hitting the tiles gently on all corners.  If the tiles do not snap in from the top easily, try snapping them in from the bottom of the adjacent tile instead of the top.

3) If you require custom fitting then you will need to modify some tiles on your final row.  First try to remove the wood and cut the backing frame to the desired size.  If your design needs a rounded shape you will need to cut across the wood slats.  When cutting the tiles remember to remove the screws on your line so as to avoid hitting them with your blade.

4) Fit your custom tiles into place for the final fitting. It is not uncommon to install rectangular and square decks in a few hours.

5) We recommend sealing the tiles with a good oil penetrating sealer such as Cabot Australian Timber Oil (we like the mahogany flame tint) or Messmers Exotic Hardwood Sealer.  The more tint or color in the oil the longer they last.  These oils simply wipe on and cleanup the excess oil.  Do not apply in direct sunlight.  Best results occur when 2-3 coats are applied during the first application.  Let dry between applications.

6)Maintenance

If you have any other questions about the wood deck tiles feel free to call us at 1-888-848-4537 or email us at info@design-4-less.com

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