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caw354

12:59PM | 09/04/04
Member Since: 09/03/04
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Is it appropriate to floor a new deck with tile? (We're in the process of adding a room out the lower level of our two-story brick home that has a deck on top. The room will be a playroom and TV room mostly. The plywood currently topping it has a very gradual slope down toward the backyard. The contractor is currently ready to put up a rail around the top outside for the deck above. Deck flooring will be laid last.) The contractor is planning to floor the deck with non-glazed quarry tile. (Surprise to me. I had envisioned the usual wood floor.) They also have some product to seal the floor before tiling (therefore the ceiling of the new room), but I forget the name of it. I've seen tile patios and verandas, but never on top of a "sunroom". Won't this be slippery? Cracking from deck furniture? What about rain, sun, snow? Maintenance/ replacement over the years? I don't know about this? Are there any alternatives?

Piffin

04:37PM | 09/04/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
First cleaar up for me -is this a roof? or a deck adjacent to the addition?

If it roofs a room under it, there absolutely needs to be a waterproof membrane. No tile job in the world is waterproof. there has to be a drainage plane to carry water off the surface and from what leaks through the tile job

Excellence is its own reward!


caw354

10:28AM | 09/05/04
Member Since: 09/03/04
2 lifetime posts
Yes, the deck floor IS the roof for the ground-level room. The contractor DOES have a product that, I believe, will serve as the water-tight membrane (can't remember the name of it).

I just don't know about the feasibility of tile for a deck floor. I found some info regarding "DeckRite Exterior Floor Covering" on their website. Perhaps this materials would be better than grouted tiling. Your thoughts?

Piffin

05:12PM | 09/05/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
I know the only time I have worked with tiled decks is on commercial jobs like museums and hospitals with parrapet walls surronding them, elaborate drainage systems and roof membranes that were about 60% overkill by comparison to normall roof processes since once it is done, there is a very expensive process to find and repair a leak.

Without more specifics from you as to name brands and types, I can't do muych more for you.

My roof membrane of choice is an EPDM rubber for such low slope situations with a buffering padding to separate PT sleepers for attachment of wood deck.

I can't dis the contractor without specifics, but I do feel some concern because my experience is that a tile surface on this kind of roof is far more expensive than wood, when done correctly. It stands to reason that he would want to do it with a wood surface when that is what you expect. Since he prefers the tiled job whe wood is better and cheaper and what the customer wants, something doesn't add up in my mind.

Excellence is its own reward!


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