Dave Spiers, our installer, of Designer Deck Inc.
Earlier this summer I did a post on outdoor flooring. In it, I derided a colleague for having a most repelling AstroTurf disaster cladding her ample condo balcony, which essentially precluded her from ever using it.
I set out to transform this balcony, and we’re well on our way. Unfortunately, her shame lit a fire under her butt to get rid of that awful carpet, so I wasn’t able to capture it on camera. I did however make the following record of the first step in the transformation: my colleague’s very smart choice of floating balcony tiles made of recycled plastic, made to look like wood.
Though summer is drawing to a close, I feel it’s not a waste to post this video of what a balcony floor could look like. End of season means sales, as well as lots of openings for installation — why follow the herd in high season when you can calmly outfit your balcony now, so that it’s ready for the dawn of next summer?
Also, it’s good to know what to expect from this stuff come Canadian winter, and looks like these recycle plastic tiles are the best choice for longevity. I did a fair amount of research when I took up this balcony cause, and though initially I was dead set on wood, was swayed by a local and well-established company, Designer Deck Inc., toward plastic (at $9.65/sq ft including installation, they are more expensive than pressure-treated wood — $5.95/sq ft — but less than Western Red Cedar, at $11.00/sq ft.)
NOTE: Installer Dave Spiers is not hard on the eyes…