Recover Your Patio with Envirotile
If you're looking for an environmentally friendly way to spruce up your patio space, consider covering that concrete slab with attractive tiles made entirely of recycled materials.
Envirotiles are produced by diverting millions of tons of tires from landfills. They can be installed on top of existing outdoor surfaces, on level dirt, as well as basement areas inside your home.
Here's a step-by-step guide that demonstrates how easy it is to install Envirotile on a concrete patio surface.
CLEAN AND MEASURE SURFACE
Start out by making sure the surface is clean and level. Sweep clean any loose debris. Use your marker and straight edge to make a 90 degree mark at the centre of the surface.
Installing Envirotile over soil takes a little more effort than over existing hard, ground surfaces. Anytime you are placing tiles on soil, check for proper drainage and the presence of water where the tiles are to be installed. Weed blocker or landscape fabric can be placed before the tile goes down, but make sure the surface is as level as possible.
LAY DOWN THE TILES
Starting from the centre line, lay the tiles working outward to the edges in both directions. At this stage, you can shift and move the tiles to ensure a better layout. Rotate tiles during install to assist you in finding the best fit.
Make sure you'll have enough tiles for the job. As with any tiling project, an extra 10-20% will save you trips to the store.
SCORE AND CUT THE EDGES TO FIT
You may need to cut the edges with your knife to ensure the tiles will fit into the space properly. Score the tiles where you intend to cut while bending the tile against the straight edge to get the scoring line deeper.
To fit the tiles around irregular shapes, you can make a pattern from cardboard or heavy paper. Copy the pattern on the tile and then cut with the utility knife or jigsaw.
SECURE THE TILES
To secure all the tiles in place after layout, use the Envirotile clips facing up. To ensure a tight fit, tap each connection into place with a mallet.
When you're done installing the tiles, use a border to give a professional finish to any exposed edges. The borders come with built-in clips to ensure a secure fastening to the tiles, and are available as straight or corner edges. Simply lift the edges of the tiles after they are put in and secure them in place with the built-in clips using a mallet.
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