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Why Are Porcelain Outdoor Tiles the Best Choice for Your Pool Deck?

Whether you’re renovating your backyard pool in time for summer or creating a poolside oasis for your commercial property, choosing the right pool deck pavers is key to maximizing safety and enjoyment for everyone. 

Porcelain outdoor tiles are one of the most popular choices for pool deck pavers because of their numerous benefits and cost-effectiveness. Perfect for lounging, walking, and playing, a porcelain tile pool deck will have guests flocking to your outdoor amenities all summer long. Here are just a few of the many reasons why porcelain outdoor tiles are the ideal choice for your pool deck.

Pool Deck Pavers Are Low-Maintenance & Safe for Kids

Porcelain outdoor tiles are the perfect pool deck paver choice for families. Whether you have a home with little ones or a kid-friendly hotel, porcelain outdoor tiles will give everyone more peace of mind when it comes to poolside safety.

Porcelain deck pavers have unparalleled slip resistance, making them safer for kids running along the pool deck. Whereas other materials may need to be treated yearly to remain non-skid, porcelain outdoor tiles will remain slip-safe year-round without additional maintenance.

Porcelain pool deck pavers are also nonporous, so they’re resistant to staining from food, drinks, or other messes. They’re also resistant to chips, freeze-thaw cracking, sun discoloration and more, making them a no-fuss solution that’s easy to maintain on any budget or schedule.

Pool Deck Pavers Are Durable and Long-Lasting

Porcelain pool deck tiles are incredibly hard-wearing, able to withstand daily wear and tear over a period of years while remaining pristine and beautiful.

The innovative manufacturing process involves the use of specialized clay materials under high temperatures and pressure that result in a deck paver of unique strength and hardness. Porcelain outdoor tiles are extremely resistant to external abrasion, including scratching with steel tools, so you can rest assured that your investment will last you for years to come. 

If your deck pavers experience some wear, you can easily remove and replace individual tiles as they become damaged, thanks to the convenience of individual pool deck tiles versus poured concrete or grouted stone alternatives.

Pool Deck Pavers are Visually Striking

Of course, impressive functionality is nothing without aesthetic appeal. At the end of the day, you still want your pool deck to look beautiful, whether you have a home or a business.

Tile Tech’s porcelain outdoor tiles come in dozens of stunning varieties, including series that emulate the appearance of natural hardwood or stone. We also offer pool copings that match our Granite Tech and Stamp Tech colors for a seamless finish that will add the perfect finishing touch to any pool deck.

If you want a pool deck that looks beautiful, complements the natural landscape, and offers enhanced functionality over other materials, look no further than Tile Tech’s porcelain outdoor tiles. If you’d like to learn more about Tile Tech’s full range of products and services, including pool deck pavers and pool copings, give us a call at (888) 380-5575 or fill out our online contact form. We’re always happy to provide you with a free product sample, catalog or quote for your next project.

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3 Important Things to Consider When Installing Rooftop Turf

Adding artificial grass to your roof deck is a great way to incorporate lush, verdant landscaping into an urban jungle. Green space can be a precious commodity depending on where you live, so opting for rooftop turf can help you enjoy the soft, natural feeling of grass underfoot without the maintenance and square footage required for a natural grass backyard.

If you want to install synthetic turf onto your roof, choosing Tile Tech’s turf tray makes it easier than ever — but there are a few important things to keep in mind before you begin installing your roof turf.

1. Drainage

Efficient drainage is one of the biggest benefits of artificial grass over natural grass, and it’s especially important on a rooftop. If you’re installing roof turf, ensure that your rooftop has adequate drainage and water flow to avoid pooling water. If water builds up, you could have issues with mold, mildew or roof leaks.

Before installing your turf tray, confirm there’s somewhere for your water to drain. Then, be sure to utilize adjustable pedestals such as Tile Tech’s hybrid adjustable pedestals or standard adjustable pedestals during installation. Placing your turf trays on top of adjustable pedestals will allow you to create room for water flow underneath the turf. Setting the turf at a slight slant will also help ensure adequate drainage.

2. Magnification

Artificial turf is an incredibly durable and long-wearing product, which is why it’s preferred over natural grass for rooftop applications. However, magnification can be an issue since turf is made of plastic polyethylene fibers.

To gauge whether magnification, or the melting of turf caused by direct sunlight, will be an issue for your rooftop, place a plastic bag in the area where your roof turf would be. Supervise it over the course of the day, and if it hasn’t melted by midday, your rooftop turf will likely be just fine.

Magnification is most common on balconies or rooftops where you’ll experience the direct reflection of sunlight off of a neighboring building. White reflection lines along the surface of the rooftop are often a good indicator of whether your artificial grass will melt in that area.

3. Frame Installation

Whether you’re installing porcelain outdoor tiles or turf trays (and most property owners will install both), you’ll need to construct a frame using our adjustable deck supports in order to install the rooftop turf. 

We recommend measuring where the deck trays will go with chalk, then placing an adjustable deck support at each corner of a tile, including around the entire perimeter of the rooftop area. Don’t forget to leave room for spacers if needed. Once you’ve done this, you can easily snap your turf tray into place — no frame construction or adhesive necessary.

Rooftop turf is one of the most cost-effective and functional ways to add vibrant greenery to small, outdoor spaces like balconies or rooftops — and, thanks to Tile Tech, it’s also one of the easiest. Whether you want roof turf for a lounge space or spruce up a balcony, Tile Tech’s turf tray deck system makes it possible. If you’d like to learn more about Tile Tech’s full range of products and services, including adjustable pedestals and turf trays, give us a call at (888) 380-5575 or fill out our online contact form. We’re always happy to provide you with a free product sample, catalog, or quote for your next project.

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3 Benefits of Switching to Cool Roof Pavers

Whether you’re developing a new commercial property or giving your home a facelift, environmentally-friendly upgrades are at the forefront of everybody’s mind. From installing solar panels to electric car chargers, there are many home additions that can make your property greener. However, these often come with a sky-high price tag as a result.

If you’re seeking a quick, easy and cost-effective upgrade that will make your building more eco-conscious and more functional, Tile Tech’s Cool Roof pavers are the ideal solution. These specialized porcelain outdoor tiles offer numerous benefits for your residential or commercial property, including these main three:

1. Cool Roof Pavers Lower Energy Costs

No property owner is dismayed at saving money. By switching to Cool Roof pavers, you can lower your energy usage and, as a result, your utility bills.

What makes Cool Roof pavers distinct is their light — often white — color. In contrast to the typical dark roof materials, Cool Roof pavers’ bright hues reflect sunlight rather than absorb it, lowering the overall heat absorption of the building below. 

By reducing heat transfer and lowering the building temperature, Cool Roof pavers reduce your AC usage and make your property more energy-efficient, translating into substantial monthly savings. On average, Cool Roof pavers can save a property owner seven to 15 percent on total cooling costs over time.

2. Cool Roof Pavers Are Eco-Friendly

Cool Roof pavers’ high reflective value and increased energy efficiency mean that your property will be more eco-friendly. If you’re aiming for a LEED-certified project, Cool Roof pavers will help you achieve it with a minimum SRI value of 78.

In addition to improving the eco-friendliness of your particular property, Cool Roof pavers will also help reduce the heat island effect in your local area. Dark, densely-placed urban rooftops contribute to global warming by creating a heat island effect. Since our Cool Roof pavers are produced from premium, ultra-white raw materials, they have a low emissivity rate that reduces this phenomenon.

3. Cool Roof Pavers Protect Your Rooftop

By installing Cool Roof pavers with Tile Tech’s innovative roof pedestals, you can add years to your building’s rooftop and avoid re-roofing costs in the years to come.

By adding a layer between your roof and the elements, you’re adding a layer of protection that will not only extend the lifespan of your roof but also lower roof maintenance costs. Whereas damage to your rooftop can cause you to need a complete re-roofing or even damage the interior of the floor below, individual Cool Roof pavers can be easily replaced if one or more of them is damaged by the elements. Roof decks are also incredibly durable and easy to clean, making maintenance easier and more affordable versus an exposed rooftop.

Additionally, switching to eco-friendly Cool Roof pavers doesn’t mean sacrificing your property’s style or design. Tile Tech offers more than a dozen unique colors, patterns and textures in our Cool Roof paver line that guarantees you’ll find something to suit your aesthetic. Try our Earthtone Series porcelain outdoor tiles in Flat Ash for something more modern; our Seashell Series porcelain outdoor tiles in Seashell Cool for a relaxed, beachy vibe; or our Terrazzo White Black porcelain outdoor tiles for a versatile finish perfect for any commercial property.

If you’d like to learn more about Tile Tech’s full range of products and services, including Cool Roof pavers, give us a call at (888) 380-5575 or fill out our online contact form. We’re always happy to provide you with a free product sample, catalog, or quote for your next project.

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3 Important Facts About Installing Porcelain Outdoor Tiles on Adjustable Pedestals

Porcelain deck pavers are one of the most popular hardscaping options on the market due to their incredible versatility, durability and aesthetic appeal. Not only that, but they’re incredibly easy to install, making them perfect for a homeowner who wants to DIY or a business looking to stay within budget.

Tile Tech offers an innovative adjustable pedestal system that works seamlessly with all of our deck pavers to make it easier than ever to perfectly install a level roof deck, terrace or patio on any terrain. If you’re ready to renovate your outdoor space with porcelain deck pavers, here are three important facts you need to know about installation with adjustable pedestals.

1. What Is a Pedestal System?

Pedestals have been used for thousands of years in various forms to create an elevated floor. This simple solution helps prevent water stagnation, levels out hilly terrain, and makes installation more efficient.

Pedestal systems are used in both indoor and outdoor applications. Indoors, elevated flooring can be used to help conceal pipes, electrical wiring, and other underfloor construction in commercial properties. Outdoors, the adjustable pedestals help level out sloped terrain for a comfortable and functional patio or deck.

The Tile Tech adjustable pedestal system is a structural support system consisting of seven standard pieces and a user-supplied SDR-35 PVC pipe. The system is used to convert uneven and otherwise unusable terrain into a level area suitable for decking with Tile Tech’s easy-to-install deck pavers. They come in two varieties — standard adjustable pedestals and hybrid adjustable pedestals — and are engineered to work perfectly with all of our decking materials, including deck pavers, paver trays, cool roof pavers, roof plant trays and more.

2. The Difference Between Adjustable and Fixed-Height Pedestals

There are two primary types of pedestals used to create raised decking: adjustable pedestals and fixed-height pedestals. Which one is right for you will depend on the landscaping you’re working with and the goal of your project.

Fixed pedestals are all one consistent height. Their primary use is to create an airflow space between the building surface and the deck pavers. You can stack the pedestals to adjust the height needed, but the pedestals themselves are not adjustable. As such, they’re ideal for raised decking with an already-level support surface.

Adjustable pedestals do as the name suggests — they adjust. They can be adjusted to reach up to 36 inches in height. Their biggest advantage is that they can be used to level out uneven terrain, such as a sloping backyard. With the versatility of adjustable pedestals, you can turn any surface into your perfect, level outdoor deck or patio.

3. How to Install Porcelain Pavers on Adjustable Pedestals

Tile Tech’s adjustable roof pedestals were specially engineered to make deck paver installation a breeze. Whether you have professional contractors or are doing it yourself, following these steps will create your perfect deck system in no time:

  • Make sure your underlying surface is perfectly clean and smooth. Create a 2-inch slope to avoid water stagnation and ensure proper drainage.
  • Use chalk to map out the placement of your deck pavers, keeping in mind the width of the spacers.
  • Place your adjustable pedestals around the perimeter and intersections of where you’ll lay the porcelain deck pavers.
  • Lay your Tile Tech porcelain pavers on the roof pedestals, ensuring that they’re level against the pacers, and snap them into place.

Tile Tech is proud to be a leader in raised decking and deck pavers, manufacturing one of the easiest-to-use deck systems on the market. If you’d like to learn more about Tile Tech’s full range of products and services, including porcelain outdoor tiles and adjustable pavers, give us a call at (888) 380-5575 or fill out our online contact form. We’re always happy to provide you with a free product sample, catalog or quote for your next project.

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Important Facts About Slip Resistance in Porcelain Outdoor Tiles

Porcelain outdoor tiles are one of the most popular hardscaping materials on the market because of their remarkable durability and functional benefits. Without sacrificing any aesthetic appeal, they boast numerous functional advantages over natural stone and other landscaping materials. One of the biggest benefits of porcelain outdoor tiles is their slip resistance. Whether used for pool deck tiles or exposed to heavy rainfall, porcelain pavers will remain less slippery than other comparable materials, making your paver deck safer for guests and family members. But before you run out to buy your pavers, here’s what you should know about the slip resistance of porcelain outdoor tiles.

How is slip resistance tested?

Porcelain paver manufacturers can’t simply claim that their porcelain outdoor tiles are slip-resistant; they need to have quantifiable proof that what they’re saying is true. All porcelain paver manufacturers will subject their pavers to external tests which will provide an exact idea of their level of slip resistance. One test is a pendulum test, which mimics the way a heel would make contact with the floor. The Ceramic Tile Institute of America recommends a minimum pendulum test value of 36 for all level floors. Tile Tech’s porcelain pavers far exceeded this recommended result in every test performed.

How does surface texture factor into slip resistance?

The smoother a surface is, the more likely it is to become slippery when wet. That’s why porcelain pavers tend to be made with a relatively rough or textured surface versus the smooth, ceramic-like finish of other paving tiles. Each porcelain paver series will vary slightly in its surface texture and, therefore, its slip resistance, but these differences are relatively minor. If you’re seeking the number-one most slip-resistant porcelain paver possible, your manufacturer will tell you which product in their catalog best fits your needs.

What are the pros of porcelain pavers for wet areas?

Porcelain pavers have numerous benefits in addition to their slip resistance. They are also fire resistant and resistant to freeze-thaw cracking, so they can withstand even the harshest weather and storms. They also stay cooler to the touch than natural stone, making them perfect for pool deck applications or other areas where bare feet, pets, or children may be common. 

Their extreme durability also makes them beloved by installers and property owners; they are load-bearing and boast superior wear resistance, so it’s extremely difficult to crack, chip, or otherwise break porcelain outdoor tiles. In the case that one is damaged, however, Tile Tech’s adjustable deck supports make it easy to remove and replace only the tiles that are damaged.

Which pavers are best for pool deck pavers?

All of Tile Tech’s porcelain pavers are suitable for pool deck applications. Which series you choose will depend largely on the aesthetic style you’re aiming for and your home’s unique functional needs. Travertine porcelain pavers are one of the most common styles chosen for pool deck pavers because they have the light, bright, and elegant appearance of real travertine stone but with all of the practical benefits of porcelain outdoor tiles. 

Whether you’re renovating your rooftop deck, pool deck, or commercial plaza, Tile Tech’s porcelain outdoor tiles will suit any project. To learn more about Tile Tech’s full range of products and services, including slip-resistant porcelain pavers, give us a call at (888) 380-5575 or fill out our online contact form. We’re always happy to provide you with a free product sample, catalog, or quote for your next project.

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3 Things to Know When Considering Pool Coping Tiles

Fall and winter are the best times of year to renovate or build your swimming pool so it’s ready to enjoy by summer! If you’re preparing to give your backyard pool a facelift, then you first need to choose which materials are best for bringing your vision to life. These materials range from water features and lights to pool coping tiles. Although smaller details like pool coping may not seem exciting, they’re an integral part of your pool that makes a big difference in the final look of your residential or commercial outdoor space. If you’re considering which pool coping tiles to choose for your next project, here are three things you need to know before you get started.

1. Why you need pool coping tiles

Although sometimes neglected in favor of the more prevalent pool deck tiles, pool coping is an integral part of every swimming pool’s aesthetic appeal and structural integrity. The pool’s coping is the material above the tile line that protects a pool’s edging. It covers the edges of the pool from any potential wear and tear, and it assists in drainage by helping water flow away from the pool and into deck drains. From a functional perspective, it also assists in enhancing safety and comfort for the swimmers; pool coping can make the pool entrance more slip-resistant and cooler to the touch for more comfortable sitting. Pool coping also helps create a seamless look between the pool and the deck that is pleasing to the eye. It ties together your pool wall, pool deck, and other outdoor elements for a more cohesive landscape design.

2. How to choose the right pool coping tiles

Understanding the importance of pool coping, you now know that you need to choose the right pool coping material to successfully achieve the aesthetic and structural goals you have for your swimming pool. Concrete is one of the most popular choices for pool coping tiles because of its high durability, low maintenance, reasonable cost, and versatile design options. At Tile Tech, we create pool copings that perfectly match our Granite-Tech and Stamp-Tech concrete paving tiles so you can achieve a seamless, modern design. You can also mix our concrete pool coping tiles with our best-selling porcelain outdoor tiles for a pool deck that offers the utmost functional benefits and aesthetic appeal. 

3. Why you should consult a professional

It can be tempting to try and find affordable pool coping tiles online, but it’s always best to speak to a professional with intimate knowledge of the materials and the industry. Experts like those at Tile Tech will match you with pool coping materials that are the best fit for your budget, landscape design, and functional needs. They can also coordinate with your other contractors to ensure that the entire process goes smoothly and results in a cohesive final design. At Tile Tech, we can even customize pool deck tiles for you to bring your pool to life exactly as you’ve envisioned it.

No matter what size, color, or edge shape you choose for your pool coping tiles, Tile Tech Pavers has everything you need to achieve the pool of your dreams. We can pair our pool copings with our porcelain and concrete pool deck tiles, adjustable deck supports, and stair treads to make your outdoor oasis a reality. To find out more about product availability, give us a call at (888) 380-5575 or fill out our online contact form. We’re always happy to provide you with a free product sample, catalog, or quote for your next project.

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5 Key Differences Between Natural Stone and Porcelain Outdoor Tiles

Hardscaping is a popular landscaping solution for a wide range of applications, from residential pool decks to commercial rooftop decks and plazas. However, hardscaping includes a vast range of materials, including varieties of natural stone and porcelain outdoor tiles. With virtually endless options, how do you know which solution is right for you? Here are five key differences between natural stone and porcelain pavers that can help you decide which material is right for your paver deck.

1. Aesthetics

The overall style of your outdoor space will, in part, help dictate which materials are best for your raised decking. If you’re envisioning a more traditional outdoor patio, then bluestone pavers may be the right choice for you. If you’re aiming for a bright, Mediterranean feel, travertine pavers are the way to go. If you want something rustic, wood-look porcelain pavers are perfect. For something more modern, Tile Tech’s Slate Series porcelain outdoor tiles are a great fit. Each stone, whether natural or porcelain, will bring with it its own unique set of visual characteristics that make it best suited to different projects. Figuring out your patio’s design scheme overall will help guide you toward an outdoor tile that suits your style for years to come and blends seamlessly with your other renovations.

2. Ease of Installation

One aspect of your paver deck that may dictate which material you choose is the amount of time, effort, and money that you have to dedicate to the project. If these factors are limitless, then natural stone is a great way to go and will offer a luxury feel, although it will also likely have a luxury price tag. However, if you want to save as much time and money as possible without sacrificing quality, porcelain outdoor tiles are a fantastic choice because of their easy installation. Tile Tech’s porcelain pavers can be paired with our adjustable deck supports for an installation process that can be done in as little as a few hours. Requiring fewer man-hours will save you significant money that you can allocate elsewhere in your renovation — or you can even DIY the patio installation!

3. Cost

One of the biggest factors for many property owners when building a new paver deck is the cost. If you’re on a budget, then porcelain outdoor tiles offer you all the benefits of natural stone at far less cost. While some have the misconception that this means the quality will also be less, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Porcelain pavers are more durable and require less maintenance than natural stone, so they’re a much smarter investment for many property owners. Plus, as we mentioned above, the reduced installation time translates to additional savings.

4. Durability

If you’re creating a pool deck or other high-traffic areas that will be exposed to the elements, then you want the most durable materials possible. Porcelain outdoor tiles are one of the most popular choices for pool deck pavers because they’re non-porous and slip-resistant, making them safer and better for poolside applications than natural stone. They also stay cooler underfoot, ensuring that your kids or guests are safe and comfortable while enjoying their time outside.

5. Maintenance Requirements

In addition to your initial project budget, you’ll also need to consider long-term costs and maintenance requirements when choosing which paving tiles are best for your paver deck. Natural stone can be tricky and high maintenance because they can stain, crack, and require sealing to stay pristine. Porcelain outdoor tiles, on the other hand, have minimal upkeep, making your life much easier and saving you money. Plus, Tile Tech’s installation system makes it easy to remove and repair or replace individual tiles if they become damaged. 

Natural stone and porcelain pavers each have their own benefits, but porcelain outdoor tiles have gained rapid popularity in recent years thanks to their stunning appearance, superior durability, installation time, cost, and maintenance levels. Not to mention, there are hundreds of different styles and colors to choose from — some of which replicate the appearance of natural stone. If you’d like to learn more about Tile Tech’s full range of products and services, including porcelain outdoor tiles, give us a call at (888) 380-5575 or fill out our online contact form. We’re always happy to provide you with a free product sample, catalog, or quote for your next project.

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Turf Roof Decks: What to Know Before Installing

Creating rooftop gardens is a great way to add value to your property and attract guests or tenants. Especially in cities where green space is scarce, turning your rooftop into a usable and verdant living space is immensely valuable and worth the investment. To reduce the maintenance of rooftop decks and ensure that they stay green all year long, many property owners opt for artificial grass over natural grass or plant life. Combining state-of-the-art synthetic turf with Tile Tech’s artificial turf trays made specifically for rooftop deck installation makes it incredibly easy and affordable to achieve your dream rooftop. Before you start laying down your turf, here’s what you should know for the best installation possible.

Existing Damage

Before you begin your project, check the roof for any damage or rot. It’s never recommended that you install artificial turf over a damaged roof because any leaks or other issues become more difficult to repair once your roof has been transformed. If you do have damage, make sure you thoroughly repair it before moving ahead with an artificial grass rooftop deck.


Once you’ve confirmed that there is no damage to the roof, check your roof’s drainage to ensure that all water has somewhere to flow for removal. Any pooled water could damage your artificial turf and result in mold, mildew, or roof leaks, so if you notice pooled water on your rooftop, address your roof’s drainage before continuing with your project. Luckily, the majority of rooftops are designed with water flow in mind and will have adequate drainage for a turf roof deck.

Installation Method

Normally, artificial grass is installed on rooftops using an intricate and costly framing method. However, Tile Tech’s Turf-Tray system eliminates the need for extensive framing and sticky adhesive. Our turf trays can be used in conjunction with our adjustable deck supports to create raised decking that can be quickly installed by snapping each tray into place on the adjustable pedestals. Not only does this make initial installation a breeze, but the grid tile system also makes it easy to remove and replace a section of turf if it becomes stained or damaged. At Tile Tech, we have everything you need to complete your rooftop deck installation efficiently, including adjustable deck supports, turf trays, and a variety of market-leading synthetic grass products.

Furniture Placement

The final thing to consider when installing artificial grass on your rooftop deck is the placement of heavy furniture. Large furniture such as tables, chairs, and bars will leave imprints on your turf, where its blades will flatten over time. To prevent this, we recommend moving around any heavy furniture every few months and cross-brushing your turf. You should also avoid placing barbecues, fire pits, or other items with hot embers on synthetic turf, but this issue can be avoided by mixing artificial turf trays with porcelain outdoor tiles so you can still enjoy these amenities without compromising on beautiful synthetic turf landscaping. 

Rooftop decks are a valuable amenity for any modern building, and adding vibrant greenery in the form of synthetic grass will only further bolster your property’s value without adding on additional maintenance. If you want an easy-to-install rooftop deck solution within budget, look no further than Tile Tech and our innovative Turf-Tray system. To learn more about the many products and services Tile Tech offers, give us a call at (888) 380-5575 or fill out our online contact form. We’re always happy to provide you with a free product sample, catalog, or quote for your next project.

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Balconies & Terraces: What’s the Difference?

A balcony is a terrace is a patio is a deck, right? Actually, not quite. Although the terms “balcony” and “terrace” are often used interchangeably, they aren’t technically the same thing. There are key differences such as size, location, and construction that set them apart and may make one option more suitable for your property than another. Keep reading to learn more about these differences and learn which is right for you and your porcelain paver installation.

What is a terrace?

The word “terrace” comes from the Latin word for earth, “terra”. It’s defined as an external, raised, open, flat area as part of either a landscape or a building. The key thing to note is that a terrace is at ground level, but it tends to be slightly raised from the ground, usually built on the edge of a hill or cliff. A terrace is similar to a patio, but a patio is built upon flat, level ground versus the slight elevation of a terrace.

What is a balcony?

The word “balcony” derives from the Italian word for “large window,” as these structures were most often accessed via large windows before sliding doors became the more popular form of entry. A balcony is a platform projecting from the wall of a building, usually surrounded by a wall or railing. Balconies typically offer outdoor space for rooms above the ground floor. Balconies can be found in single-family homes, but they are most often associated with apartments, hotels, and condos.

What are the key differences?

The three main differences between a balcony and a terrace are location, size, and construction. The most notable difference, which you likely picked up on over the previous two paragraphs, is the location of the two structures in terms of elevation. Terraces are built at the ground level, whereas balconies are almost exclusively built at the second story and above. The only exception to this is a roof terrace, which is built on top of the building’s roof.

Another significant difference is size. Terraces are typically much larger than balconies, and therefore more ideal for socializing. It’s best for large venues and areas intended for get-togethers. Balconies, on the other hand, tend to be smaller and accommodate two to three people at the most. 

Finally, a significant difference lies in the construction of the two. A terrace can be built as a standalone structure, either attached to the side of a building or built floating in the middle of a greenspace. A balcony, however, needs to be affixed to the side of a building in order to maintain its structure, since it’s elevated above ground level.

Whether you want to renovate your balcony, terrace, plaza, deck, or patio, Tile Tech has you covered. We have hundreds of market-leading outdoor paving tiles that will suit any functionality, budget, and design style. Paired with our innovative deck support system, you can have the hardscaping of your dreams in just a matter of hours. To learn more about Tile Tech’s full range of products and services, give us a call at (888) 380-5575 or fill out our online contact form. We’re always happy to provide you with a free product sample, catalog, or quote for your next project.

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Project Spotlight: The Sterling Private Residences — Chicago, IL

Tile Tech’s 5-star reputation for its industry-leading paver products has earned us an esteemed list of clients, each trusting us to help make their ambitious projects a reality. One such client is one of Chicago’s premier apartment buildings, The Sterling Private Residents, and their installer, C.R. Schmidt, Inc.

The Sterling, located in the sought-after River North neighborhood of Chicago, stands at 50 stories tall, just feet from the Chicago River. With luxury amenities such as a fitness center, swimming pool, sun deck, and two tennis courts, The Sterling offers its residents nothing less than the absolute best. With that standard in mind, C.R. Schmidt chose to install Tile Tech’s porcelain pavers in combination with our wind uplift paver system in order to complete the project to the highest standard.

When renovating the 14th-floor deck — the floor on which all of the building’s amenities are located — The Sterling’s team chose Tile Tech’s Rustic Maple wood-effect porcelain pavers for the 4,400 square foot project. It was chosen for its lightweight properties as well as its aesthetic value. Since the deck was used for socializing, the designers were looking for a tile that would look beautiful and stand up against Chicago’s unfavorable weather conditions.

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Tile Tech’s Hex-Tray wind and safety system was used in conjunction with porcelain pavers for its ability to combat the Windy City’s worst weather patterns. Having won the 2017 Hardscape North America Award for Best Commercial Porcelain Paver Project, the Hex-Tray system prevents wind-uplift while also providing added safety in case of broken pavers. Its high wind uplift resistance was made to withstand even the most severe conditions, so The Sterling had confidence that it would do the job for their 14th-floor amenity deck. 

Whether renovating a luxury apartment amenity terrace or installing a backyard deck, Tile Tech is proud to work with homes and businesses throughout the country on projects of all sizes and budgets. We have repeatedly established ourselves as a reliable and trustworthy partner, and our commitment to excellence is reflected in our innovative product line as well as our 5-star installation service. To learn more about the many products and services Tile Tech offers, give us a call at (888) 380-5575 or fill out our online contact form. We’re always happy to provide you with a free product sample, catalog, or quote for your next project.