Go It Alone or Hire a Pro? Installing Deck Tiles

If your wood deck or concrete patio could use a facelift, wood deck tiles may be the answer. But, is it a project you should tackle yourself? Here’s how to tell.

It’s OK to do it yourself if:

  • You know how to use, and have access to, power tools like jigsaws, table saws and cordless drills.
  • You’re comfortable bending and kneeling for an extended period of time.
  • You have a basic understanding of carpentry.

You should hire a pro if:

  • You don’t have the power tools to do the job properly.
  • You have physical concerns that could make the job difficult for you.
  • You have to work under dangerous or risky conditions.
  • You are uncomfortable doing carpentry work.

Wood deck tiles install on top of your existing deck surface. They come in kits that snap together for easy assembly and then fasten to the deck with screws. Each tile is typically 12” square, and they’re available in a variety of different woods, colors and finishes.

Depending on the size and shape of your deck, you may have to cut tiles to fit. If you just need to cut tiles in half, you can use a table saw. If you need to make round or odd shaped cuts, you may need a jigsaw. In some situations, installing deck tiles can be a fairly simple and straightforward process, but sometimes it may require a bit of craftsmanship. If you’re an amateur carpenter with the right tools, you can do it yourself.