Deck Tiles

Easy to Install for a Great Porch Floor

Deck tiles come in a variety of materials, styles, and colors. Although you have many options, choosing the right one for your porch can be daunting.

While some options may be permanent like installing stone or slate, others can be removed easily like interlocking deck tiles (and taken with you when you leave).



Almost all tiles, especially interlocking deck tiles, are ideal for your front porch, screened porch, 3-season and even your deck, patio, and pool area. They will add instant curb appeal to any porch and can be easily applied over almost any surface.

Installing these tiles is a great DIY project. See an installation video below.

Man installing interlocking deck tiles

Beautiful porch floor with interlocking deck tiles Interlocking tiles come in a wide variety of looks. From wood to stone to composite materials, you can find just the right interlocking tiles for your porch.

Interlocking tiles require no fasteners or special tools. You just snap and click them into place. Fitting around pipes and other obstacles is not problem either.

Use new blades or a diamond-tipped blade to cut the tiles. You can usually find diamond-tipped blades at your local building supply store.

We've found that interlocking tiles cost more per square foot in comparison to lumber. The installation; however, will cost significantly less, especially if you are doing it yourself.

And remember, there will be no warped boards or any surface hardware visible. The tiles won't shrink and can be removed or replaced if damaged.

Interlocking deck tiles picture

Another find is that interlocking tiles vary in thickness. Most are from approximately 5/8" thick to 3/4" thick.



deck tiles installed on terrace You too, can easily create this same look for your porch.

deck tiles installed on porch

See just how easy it is to install on a 45 foot by 9 foot balcony (or high rise porch!). They use Ipe (also known as Brazilian walnut) to cover the existing concrete floor.

tiled front porch
Tiled front porch

Deck Tile Considerations

Here are some pointers as to what to look for when selecting tiles:
  • Durability should be at the top of your list. You want something that is going to last a long time. Ipe is our first choice for durability along with some very close seconds: Bangkirai and Teak.
  • Color is our next consideration. Remember that wood fades and often turns color over time when exposed sunlight. Pay particular attention to what the color "may" become a few years down the road. Remember to follow the manufacturers suggestions for maintaining your new decking.
  • If you live in insect-prone areas (especially termite territory) consider what wood properties best protect you from insects.
  • Ensure you sub-floor is completely level when installing porcelain, slate, or granite interlocking tiles; otherwise, they may rock and crack. Laying these over cement is ideal.
  • Do not use this type tile on steps or stairways. Since they are not attached directly to the flooring, they can shift.

interlocking deck tiles in herringbone pattern
Turn your porch, deck, or patio into something extraordinary!
photo by StudiOrganic, Architectural Designs by Corey W. Crawford
A word about warranties. Our research indicates warranties could be for as little as 12 months up to 10 years. Most are limited warranties that cover defects in manufacturing but don't cover any imperfections in the wood or stone or weathering.

Installation is not covered either as most interlocking tiles are installed by the homeowner and manufacturers have no control over it. Before purchasing tiles read the warranty to ensure you understand your rights.


Consider Modular Ipe wood decking tiles for patios - Hide that dull gray concrete patio in just minutes with SwiftDeck Ipe wood decking tiles


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