Choosing balcony floor tiles is an important decision that requires consideration of many different factors. Let’s look at a breakdown of these factors and then a look at how Aspire can help you revamp your balcony.
What Will the Balcony Be Used For?
Knowing the major uses of the balcony will help you determine what balcony floor tiles or material is best. Here are a few examples:
If the balcony will be used for entertaining and will need to withstand heavy foot traffic, it’s important to choose a highly durable material that can hold up in the face of BBQs, game nights, dance parties, and more.
For balconies where the majority of the time will be spent relaxing, a durable material is still important, but other materials, such as outdoor carpet or rugs can be integrated to create a calm and relaxing vibe.
Many people take advantage of a balcony’s outdoor access to grow their favorite plants. Creating a balcony garden is a great way to use a space that requires special considerations. Balcony waterproof floor tiles and proper drainage are important to ensure the protection of the balcony.
How Big Is the Balcony?
The size of the balcony will help to determine the best balcony tile material. The size of the balcony will impact what it is used for, the amount of material you’ll need to cover it, and how long it will take to install.
How Much Weight Can the Balcony Support?
Balcony tiles can vary drastically in weight. Lightweight materials like composite pavers and interlocking wood deck tiles can often be used without the need for additional structural support. Heavier materials like concrete or porcelain may require a reinforced balcony which can add time and cost to the project.
Do You Need a Permanent or Temporary Solution?
Certain materials are permanent while others create a temporary solution. Determining which type of solution you’ll need will help guide your decision. Some materials, like interlocking wood deck tiles and composite pavers can be installed without puncturing or permanently affixing something to the balcony itself. Using these materials means the condition of the underlying balcony will be maintained. If you live in an apartment or are looking for a quick project, a temporary solution may be the right choice.
If you’re looking for a more permanent balcony floor tile solution, poured or pre-cast concrete can create a modern look. Today’s concrete can be painted, stained, stenciled, or stamped to give it a unique look. Another option is ceramic tile that can be attached directly to the balcony with mortar.
How Will the Weather Affect the Balcony Floor Tiles?
Before choosing a material, it’s important to consider the weather and how it will affect the balcony floor tiles or material. Weather that affects tiles for a balcony floor includes freeze/thaw cycles, moisture levels, precipitation levels, snow, wind, rain, and more.
Making sure the balcony floor tiles can withstand local weather conditions is a must for creating an enjoyable balcony.
What Material Will Work Best?
Interlocking Wood Deck Tiles
Interlocking wood floor tiles for balconies are typically made from ipe or another hard wood that can withstand heavy foot traffic. The tiles interlock and aren’t attached directly to the balcony surface, which makes them a temporary solution that can be moved or repositioned if needed.
Balconies that can support the additional weight can use concrete tiles or poured concrete to revamp the space. Poured concrete is a more permanent solution while concrete tiles can be removed if they use a pedestal installation system. Because of concrete’s weight, the balcony may need to be reinforced to accommodate its weight.
To create a cozy balcony vibe, outdoor carpet can be used to complete the space. Carpets are available in many colors and patterns and even come in faux grass styles.
Composite pavers are made from recycled plastics and rubber and are highly durable. They can be installed over the existing balcony floor.
How Aspire Can Help You Create the Perfect Balcony
Fast and Easy Installation
Our patented installation grids make paver installation fast and easy. To install our pavers on a balcony, make sure the balcony is free of debris and simply lay the installation grids directly on the balcony surface and then place the pavers in the desired pattern. Both grids and pavers can be cut using common household tools.
Both a Temporary and a Permanent Solution
Aspire Pavers can be removed from the installation grids and repositioned to create a new pattern or uninstalled if you’re moving and want to take your balcony tiles with you.
To make Aspire Pavers a permanent solution or if wind conditions require that they are attached to the balcony, the grids can be glued to the balcony and the pavers can be glued to the grids.
For balconies that see a lot of foot traffic, choosing a durable balcony tile that will stand up to lots of use over time is a major factor. Aspire Pavers are stain, scratch, and crack resistant, so you can entertain with peace of mind.
Their composite make-up means that Aspire Pavers don’t require any maintenance other than periodic cleaning to remove any debris or dirt that may build up. They don’t require sealer and won’t ever need to be stained or sealed.
Aspire Pavers are made with up to 95% post-consumer recycled rubbers and plastics, and divert materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Our commitment to sustainability means that we create an environmentally-friendly product and use less energy to produce and up to 95% less CO2 than concrete.
Our pavers weigh one-third of what concrete pavers do, making them ideally suited for balconies. This means that they are also easier to transport and move to the balcony for installation.
Contact the experts at Aspire today to discuss the needs of your project and discover the perfect tiles for balcony floors.