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Review: EON Deck Tiles by sadd3j

So on Monday night I had the urge to go find these deck tiles. Back up a day, on Sunday, I had the urge to go find these deck tiles. Sam and I went to go find these snap-together deck tiles at the Canadian Tire on Major Mac (website said they had stock) but couldn’t find them in store, we left and I was kind of disappointed.

On Monday after work, we were supposed to go grocery shopping but I decided to quickly check the CT on Highway 7 (also had stock) but we found nothing there either. We asked the guy to check the computer and while he said there were 2 in stock (we needed 9 packs of 4 tiles each), he found a few other stores with stock. Now quite driven in the hunt, we ended up at CT at Yonge + Steeles and finally found a stack of the tiles. We debated on them for a little while, and eventually were on our way home, extremely hungry, with no groceries, and a trunk full of plastic deck tiles.

I started installing them at around 7:30pm and the first 31 tiles went down in about 20 minutes. The last 5 took about 2 1/2 hours, after a dinner break. We had to cut them with a handsaw and also used a dremel to cut the plastic underneath which is used to keep the tiles off the ground to allow for drainage.

By around 11pm I was pretty cranky at these tiles and all the little things which cropped up, like the side of the building at the edge of the balcony required extra modification, and then the drain comes in about a half inch so I needed to cut a little slit in one tile to allow for that. Eventually I jammed the last tile in (it could probably use 1-2mm clearance) and was done with it. After all was said and done, I vowed the first thing I buy if and when we get a house, is a table saw. It would have cut down the whole install into under an hour for sure.

Anyway, fairly happy with the end result, makes it walkable and a little more pleasant. A good, fairly cheap investment which upgrades the balcony from “tiny concrete-slab-write-off” to “tiny-balcony-garden”.

It was also actually fun to pick up a camera again.

4 comments

4 comments so far

  1. Teresa – March 13th, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

    Hello,
    I would like to cover my ugly concrete covered deck, its 13’x17′.
    How many tiles would I need. I saw them at Canadian Tires pack of 4 or Costco 20 sq ft pack.
    All I need is a 1 foot deck with no rails just a square box like structure build like a raft, no need to nail down on the concrete?
    Please advise. Thanks.

  2. sadd3j – March 17th, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    Hi Teresa,

    Unlikely that you’ll revisit this site, but at 11.8″ x 11.8″ each, you’re going to need a LOT of these tiles and I wonder if it’s economical for you to go this route.

    Since the tiles are roughly 1’x1′, you can just multiply 13 and 17 and roughly guess around 221 tiles. That comes to just over $1500+tax at Costco. I suppose it would probably cost a lot more to get something custom made.

    Anyway, they just snap together and require nothing to attach them to the concrete. You can also take apart and saw the individual planks quite easily.

  3. Andrew – March 8th, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    I found someone selling them on kijiji for a lot less than Costco. Going to contact this person myself, because I need about 250 sq ft of them too.

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