Outdoor Wet Area Tiles

Outdoor Deck Tiles for Wet Areas

Outdoor Patio and Deck Tiles

StayLock Perforated outdoor tiles offer exterior surface options for wet areas such as patios, spas, pool surrounds, greenhouses and decks. They are easily installed, easy to maintain, and are exterior 5-year UV-rated.

Greatmats outdoor tiles feature a non-slip perforated top surface that provides great water drainage on any flat surface. The PVC outdoor wet area tiles have a slightly raised base too, which allows airflow to dry the water more quickly. This results in a lower chance of mold or mildew forming in the area. The PVC feels soft and has just a bit of give to it, featuring an ASTM fall height rating of 20 inches.

They are 1 x1 feet, and made in the USA of durable plastic material, providing foot traction and comfort to bare feet on exterior surfaces. These PVC outdoor tiles are durable enough to hold tables, lawn furniture, and lawn chairs with feet larger than about 1.5 inches in diameter.

 

Pool and Spa Applications

When you’re looking for outdoor flooring installation options, the StayLock tile offers the durability you need. These PVC deck tiles have a 7-year UV stable colorant and anti-fungal additive, ensuring that these tiles work especially well for outdoor installations where they need to stand up to tough weather and varying temperatures. Additionally, the tiles have a 5-year manufacturer warranty with them.

And even when the surface of the tiles is wet, it remains slip-resistant, unlike cement. The tiles yield a safer area for your children to walk or run around the pool.

Should you have French drains around your pool, or areas where the cement surface slopes slightly to allow for drainage, you can install the StayLock Perforated tiles directly over these areas, and their shape will slowly conform to the slopes. This product also works great for areas around hot tubs and spas, because the tiles are non-absorbent.

Outdoor Raised Tiles Over Existing Deck

Outdoor Raised Tiles Over Existing Deck

Patio and Deck

If you have a deck that looks worn out from splinters and old wood, the StayLock Perforated tiles can give the deck a fresh and new look that’s safe to use. Simply installing the new tiles directly over the old wood will provide a fast means of fixing the problem of a worn out deck with far less effort and cost versus sanding and staining.

Make a Temporary Patio with Outdoor Tiles

Make a Temporary Patio with Outdoor Tiles

Campsite and Other Outdoor Areas

Another potential application use is for camping areas. You can take a few dozen of these tiles with you to a campsite and create a makeshift patio right outside your camper door. Using these tiles in this manner means people will track less dirt and grass into the camper, as the tile surface will provide a place to clean your feet. Should it rain while you’re camping, the makeshift tile patio is perfect for keeping mud out of the camper and giving people a dry place to stand or sit. The perforated design of the tiles allows rainwater to drain through the tiles, keeping the top free from mud.

You could install the PVC deck tiles anywhere outdoors that you want to provide traction over a wet area. Some people have reported success installing these tiles around a children’s swing set or around other areas where children play. The plastic tiles yield a softer landing if a child falls, and because the tiles can be installed over dirt or grass, they can prevent running children from slipping on wet grass or in mud. When installing the tiles over sand or dirt, we recommend placing a landscape fabric mesh material over the ground before placing the PVC decking tiles.

Waterproof Snap Together Outdoor Tiles

Waterproof Snap Together Outdoor Tiles

Installation Tips

StayLock perforated non-slip floor tile is easy to install with our tab locking system, which ensures the tiles won’t separate over time and provides a long lasting wet area floor. A sub-floor is not needed. A hard, flat surface is recommended for installation, but the tiles will conform over time to match the contours of a slightly uneven surface.

If installing these tiles against a wall or another large object, we recommend leaving a 1/2-inch gap between the PVC deck tiles and the object to allow for expansion of the tiles in the heat. Expansion of tiles, whether they’re rubber or plastic, is normal when the tiles are installed outdoors and exposed to widely varying temperatures. Heavy furniture, table and chairs are not recommended to be permanently placed on top of these tiles. The tiles need to be able to shift as they expand and contract in changing temperatures.

Should you need to fit the PVC deck tiles around poles, doorways, or other obstacles, you can cut them with a utility knife and a straight edge.

Due to the method of interlocking these PVC decking tiles, you can easily separate, remove, or relocate them, if needed. By not using adhesives when assembling these tiles, disassembling them doesn’t take a lot of effort.

See All outdoor tile options at Greatmats.com.

 


 

Heronrib Wet Area Safety Matting Roll

New Product: Heronrib Wet Area Safety Matting

Greatmats Heronrib Wet Area Safety Matting Rolls Indoor Pool DeckHeronrib Wet Area Safety Matting is the best wet area matting system where barefoot traffic is common. Consider Heronrib wet area matting for indoor and outdoor pools, locker rooms, saunas, jazcuzzi areas, and other wet areas. Heronrib is an hygienic, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal option. Heronrib matting has a open grid PVC plastic construction and is self draining.

Heronrib PVC matting will provide a warmer and more comfortable flooring to stand on. It has a embossed texture surface for slip resistance. This wet area matting can be used outdoors because it is UV resistant.

It is available in six colors including oxford blue, ocean blue, charcoal gray, forest green, mulberry red, and white.

Greatmats Heronrib Wet Area Safety Matting Rolls close up viewIt is recommended that regular cleaning occurs with an alkaline based cleaning product and a brush or electric cleaner. This matting is also easy to roll up for cleaning the flooring underneath it.

Available in sizes 2×33 feet, 3×33 feet, and 4×33 feet.

Slip Resistance Test Results
DIN 51097 Classification C
ASTM 1677 – Dry/Wet 0.6/0.6

Greatmats Heronrib Wet Area Safety Matting Rolls Indoor Pool Deck MatsGreatmats Heronrib Wet Area Safety Matting Roll close up

 

For other wet area products, please visit our Wet Area Flooring page.

Greatmats Life Floor pool deck tiles in Unity School pool area

New Swimming Pool Decking is Lifesaver for Unity School District

Foam Pool Decking Makes Makes Unity Pool a Safer Place to Swim

By Brett Hart

After years of battling the cleaning, repair and hazards of a ceramic tile floor in its pool, spa and locker room areas, the Unity School District, located in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, decided to try something new in the Fall of 2016 – and couldn’t be happier with the results.

”You could never clean it and get it scrubbed,” said Jeffery Allen who has been in charge of pool maintenance since 2010. He noted that he was constantly fighting calcium buildup and patching chunks that were coming out of the floor.

Safety Concerns

Unity School District Pool Deck Tiles Life Floor Tiles Greatmats

Unity School District New Pool Deck Floor with Steve “Dewey” Strilzuk

The main issue, however, was safety, according to Maintenance and Operations Director Steve ”Dewey” Strilzuk.

”Little kids, of course, are always running around by pools and… the (stainless steel) edges we had were a concern,” Strilzuk said. ”The fall factor was big.”

Laurie Paulson, who has been the pool manager at the Unity School District swimming pool for the last 15 years, estimated dealing with 5 to 10 slips or falls daily as a result of the hard, slippery tile floor.

”Maybe not severe, but enough to bonk their head or be uncomfortable,” Paulsen said. ”We have a lot of senior adults as well. It was really slippery, and they had trouble walking on the floor.”

ceramic tile pool deck before installation of Life Floor Unity School Pool Greatmats

Ceramic Pool Tile before Installation of Life Floor

The Answer

installing Greatmats Life Floor pool deck tiles in Unity School pool area

Installation of Life Floor Super Grip Ripples Tiles

After being presented with the option of Life Floor Super Grip Ripple Tiles from Greatmats, the board of education and superintendent liked the safety features of the foam/rubber blended tiles, including slip resistance and cushion.

”They were going to retile, but when the price tag came through, this took precedent,” Allen said. ”Plus, the down time was a lot less. They had this done in a week and a half.”

”We have a lot of community members and a lot of lake home owners who come into this area that use our facility,” Strilzuk said. ”It’s used 24-7, from about 5:30 in the morning until 8:30 at night almost every day. … We want to make sure we make it safe for everyone. … With the cushion and traction that we’ve got with this floor, I think we made a great decision.”

Rave Reviews

Greatmats Life Floor pool deck tiles in Unity School pool area

Greatmats Life Floor Super Grip Tiles Installed at Unity School

”The appearance is awesome,” he added. ”(Pool users) really really like the edges of the pool and the (rubber and vinyl) edges of the wading pool. … With the tile and the stainless edge, that really wasn’t a good combination. I used to bring my kid here all the time and the biggest concern was the edge of the pool and wading pool had very sharp edges and when I even think about the kids slipping and falling, going into the pools as they would, hitting their heads on that was a major concern.”

”The kids are not getting hurt anymore,” Paulsen said. ”The accidents have been cut by 90 percent. It’s better than the expectations. This floor is amazing.”

Paulsen added that as a lifeguard and swimming instructor, she often works 11 hour days and the comfort factor of the Life Floor pool decking has made her life much easier.

”My legs are just as comfortable as early in the morning,” Paulsen said. ”Where before my back would hurt, my legs would hurt. It was very miserable.”

Her students love the new flooring for a totally different reason.

”When you do swim lessons, we have the kids sit and the floor, and before they were grossed out. Now they don’t mind sitting on the floor or doing demonstrations on the floor.”

”The public loves it,” she added. ”From toddlers crawling around to senior citizens. We have special needs people, along with the students. Everyones loves it. .. Now, (the seniors) come out and they’re so secure and feel really safe. It was a great investment – great product for our pool.”

Since the daily cleaning this grippy foam/rubber flooring is very different than cleaning ceramic tiles, the district purchased a new stand-on floor scrubber for the large areas and a smaller machine for tighter spaces, such as the locker rooms and bathrooms which now feature Life Floor Slate Tiles.

”I’ve been coming here for years with my son, even before I started working here, and we love using this pool,” Strilzuk said. ”Thank you to the board. This is huge for the community and the safety of all families.”

installing Greatmats Life Floor pool deck tiles in Unity School locker room

Installation of Greatmats Life Floor Slate Tiles in Locker Room

Steve ”Dewey” Strilzuk
Unity School District
Balsam Lake WI 54810
For more on this topic please review our Swimming Pool Decks Flooring Tiles product page.

Customer Review-Patio Aqua Tiles


Spring is finally here and summer is right around the corner.  Tommy H. is preparing to enjoy his pool area to the fullest by using our Aqua Tiles for his pool surround.  He’s also installing around a screened in patio and hot tub.

Aqua tile is a PVC product made specifically for wet area flooring.  Its perforated design allows for easy water drainage so puddles are not an issue.  This soft material also feels much more comfortable on bare feet than concrete or some other pool surround materials. 

Installation of Aqua tiles is a snap.  Literally.  Just snap the tiles to each other.  You need no messy adhesives.  When you reach the edge of the pool, these plastic tiles can easily be cut to fit with a utility knife.  Tommy used a pruning shears!

“I installed myself on weekends and at night,” he says.  “The biggest challenge was to cut around the kidney shaped pool.”

“Down in south Louisiana (where Tommy lives) the ground always subsides and cracks in the concrete are common.”  Aqua tiles are a great solution for this.  Available in four colors, green, blue, terracotta, and gray, they match almost any pool décor.

Aqua patio tiles are also slip resistant.  This is important for areas around pools because kids, whether we like it or not, are apt to run around.  It’s far safer to fall on these soft tiles than it is on concrete. 
Designed for common foot traffic, they can also withstand outdoor tables and chairs.  They are manufactured with UV stabilizers in the product mix.  This gives them better resistance to sunlight and keeps them from fading as quickly as some other pool surround products on the market.
Although designed for outdoor use, they can also be used in a variety of wet areas including basement showers or in spa areas.
We asked Tommy if he’d recommend Greatmats to his friends.

“Of course.  I have shown the results thus far to many residents in the Houma area.”

Thank you, Tommy, for your review.  We encourage everyone who has purchased our products to please send in a photo and let us know what you think.  We are determined to provide the best products and the best customer service possible.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Patio Outdoor Tile

Looking for a comfortable, low maintenance, and easy-to-install flooring for your pool area?  Check out our Patio Outdoor Tile.  It is perfect for outdoor use around wet areas because it is a drain through, elevated floor product. This flooring is also excellent for your hot tub or spa area.   Its drain-through design will not absorb any moisture and lets all water drain through which will insure a consistently dry surface on top of the tiles.  This will keep your surround safe from mold and mildew as well as provide a more comfortable area.  This is critical because, if water is absorbed by your outdoor patio tile and freezes, the ice can crack and destroy your flooring.  With Patio Outdoor Tiles, you won’t have that problem.

Greatmats Outdoor Patio Tile Pool Deck Terra Cotta ColorAs almost any parent will tell you, keeping children from running near the pool can be a full time job and sometimes they run despite your best efforts.  It is imperative that your pool surround provide extra traction to keep everyone safe.  Fortunately, these tiles provide that extra layer of security for your family and guests.  They are also designed to be comfortable for bare feet.  Patio Outdoor Tiles are perfect for use in a variety of wet areas including swimming pool areas, spas, showers, decks, and saunas.
Greatmats Outdoor Patio Tile Pool Deck Blue ColorThese patio tiles come in three attractive colors: blue, terra cotta, and gray.  They are UV stable for outdoor use so you don’t have to worry about your tiles fading in the sun over time.  They are also weather resistant so you can rest assured that they will last for years. Patio Outdoor Tile is designed to accommodate the weight of common foot traffic and residential tables and chairs for outdoor usage.
Greatmats Outdoor Patio Tile Patio Terra Cotta ColorEach patio tile is 11-5/8” x 11-5/8” and 1/2” thick.  They are easy to install because they feature a unique interlocking tab and loop connecting system.  These tiles simply snap together.  You need no messy adhesives and, in most cases, you can simply design your own pool surround in a few hours.  Use our handy online floor planner to determine how many tiles you will need.  Easily cut this PVC floor tile with a utility knife for a total wall-to-wall installation and viola!  You have an attractive, safer, and more pleasant area to relax in by your pool.Greatmats Outdoor Patio Tile Pool Deck Tile Terra Cotta Color
But don’t take our word for it. Check out our customer reviews to see that, when it comes to outdoor, wet area flooring, Greatmats has got you covered!

Contact Greatmats at http://www.greatmats.com – 877-822-6622