“Oh, I’ll do it myself” – this bold statement can be often heard around the house when it comes to repairs and refurbishing. Installing a kitchen oven, tiling the bathroom or renovating the entire house. Your inner handyman wakes up on the very thought of hiring a local company or asking your in-laws for help.. So, you are dreaming of refurbishing your terrace? This job can be a bit of a DIY challenge but if you plan it well and apply yourself, the result may be stunning!
First of all, choose your flooring material. The choice between wood, stone, ceramic or artificial materials should be carefully weighed. Obviously, when renovating a terrace, you already have some experience with flooring materials which are problematic or uncomfortable. Most common problem is cracked ceramic surface, which additionaly is hard to remove. When choosing flooring material, you should assess your own abilities properly – nothing is more nerve-consuming than a half-finished building site in your house or garden.
Let me put it bluntly: if you opt for floorboards, stone slabs or ceramic tiles, you should already have some experience as a handyman, or pick specialist’s brains on the subject. Preparing the foundation, laying sub-base or screed, assembling boards or tiles together – all these tasks require to be carried out professionally.
Much easier to handle and also longer-lasting are floor tiles from rubber granulate. They are permanently elastic and common problems related to other flooring materials, like decay, frost damage, high weight or injuries, are unknown with rubber tiles. You can install elastic terrace flooring by yourself without any extraordinary knowledge or experience. The result, though, is impressive and looks professional, doesn’t it? Look at all the photos on this blog – they were all taken by our clients who mostly renovate their terraces on their own.
In short, rubber granulate terrace tiles can be used in new build and renovation, that is laid not only onto screed, concrete, bituminous sheets, fibreglass, roof foil, but also onto old ceramic tiles or floorboards. The only condition is that the subfloor is quite even and able to take loads (the average weight of WARCO tiles is 25 kg/m2). Rubber tiles can be taken out and reassembled in another place. Lay the tiles directly on the existing surface. The tiles with the interlocking zip generally do not require any gluing. The tiles with the tongue-and-groove system might need to be glued on the surface edges (to each other or to the subfloor). Some tiles have straight edges and plastic connector pins (FS30, FS40) – these tiles need gluing with polyurethane adhesive. WARCO tiles can be easily cut to a desired shape with a wood saw or a sharp knife. So, roll up your sleeves and do it yourself!