Burma Teak deck tiles: Sim-Deck and its Installation

Sim-Deck, Teak Deck tiles, are suitable for use in most fully exposed exterior situations including locations subject to extreme weather conditions viz. rain, water or direct sunlight.

Installation requirements

  • Sim-Deck tiles can be laid over practically any flat, firm surface viz. concrete, asphalt, bricks, pavers etc. Tiles are not secured or bonded to the surface in any way, but are held in position by inbuilt interconnecting tabs, the weight of the tiles, friction and any posts or boundary walls.
  • Sim-Deck tiles are not designed for use with adjustable pedestal leveling devices.
  • Although each tile is engineered to support over 1 Tons weight, Sim-Deck tiles should not be installed in vehicle parking lots, garages etc. where motor vehicles or other heavy vehicles are liable to pass over them.
  • Excessively rough or cracked surfaces may require patching or leveling to avoid "rocking" of the tiles.
  • Surfaces should slope slightly to allow water to drain under the tiles.

Tools required for installation

  • No special tools are necessary unless it is required to cut the tiles to fit specific shapes or to fit around obstacles such as pipes and posts.
  • If cutting is required, necessary tools include: tape measure, utility knife, carpenters square, head screwdriver, handsaw, jigsaw or power saw.

Installation

  • Start by placing the first tile in one corner of the area to be covered (normally one of the outer corners). Take a second tile and align the inbuilt connecting tabs on one edge of this tile with the matching connectors of the first tile.
  • Push down smartly on the second tile to engage the connectors and lock both tiles into position. Continue laying the tiles in this manner, working in an expanding triangular pattern.
  • As the tiles are self aligning and fully interlocking, it's not necessary to lay out grid lines, insert spacers or constantly check spacing between the tiles as with conventional tile check spacing between the tiles as with conventional tile or change the overall design at any time. Individual tiles may be lifted up as required without disrupting adjacent tiles.
  • To fit around pipes or post, the tiles can be cut with a handsaw or jigsaw, cutting through both the wood and the plastic base, taking care to avoid any screws in the slots. If tiles are cut, it may be necessary to insert additional screws to ensure each wood slot is attached by at least two screws.

Care and maintenance

  • Sim-Deck decking tiles will gradually fade to a dark color over time when exposed to direct sunlight. To slow this natural weathering process, we recommend coating the tiles with the good quality decking oil/sealant as soon as practical after they have been installed.
  • Follow up applications of oil should be made at intervals of 12 months or so, depending on the climatic conditions, degree of exposure to the sunlight and the decking oil manufacturer's recommendation.
  • For day to day cleaning, loose dirt may be removed with a stiff brush and water if necessary. Leaves or other debris falling between the wood slats can be removed by vacuuming . Individual tiles may be lifted for cleaning underneath if required.

Warranty

  • Every Sim Deck tile is guaranteed for a period of ten years from the date of purchase against faulty workmanship.
  • This guarantee does not cover natural imperfections or variations in the wood, fading of the wood color, misuse, failure to appropriately maintain the wood or if the tiles are not laid on a surface that is properly drained.

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