Until recently, the high-end finish of a tile deck was out of our reach. Due to the extreme weather variations in Alberta, traditional tile decks were prone to failing. Temperatures swing from -25 to +25, causing movement in the sub-structure and the mortars that hold down conventional tile systems in Calgary decks. This, in turn, causes the tiles to break and/or loosen, allowing water to enter under the remaining tiles and cause further damage.
These pedestal tile systems are typically installed over a waterproof membrane. It is an excellent option for rooftop patios, balconies, walkout decks, and more. We use a self-levelling pedestal system, allowing the tile to be installed as a level surface even when installed onto a sloped structure. Installing the tile on pedestals also allows cables and pipes to be run between the deck and the underside of the tile (Refer to Building Code) for a clean, high-end finish.
Another great advantage to this pedestal tile decking system is the ease with which we can make unforeseen changes and repairs. In the past, with concrete and conventional tile decks, it was a massive undertaking to complete the repair if the waterproofing ever failed. The existing tile would need to be removed entirely to troubleshoot the issue, a repair to the membrane would be completed, and then the concrete or conventional tile would need to be re-installed. With this pedestal system that we installed, it is a much simpler fix. Tiles would just be lifted off the pedestals. We can troubleshoot the issue, complete the needed repair, and then reinstall the existing pedestals and tiles.
If pedestal tile decking is something you would like to explore further, please contact us for more information and options. Also, please look at some of the tile decks we have completed in our gallery.