Good materials for patio deck tiles include wood, stone, composite lumber and ceramic. More color and surfacing material options are available for stone and ceramic tiles, but these are not in widespread use and may not be equally suited to all climate types. Wood tiles eventually acquire a grey patina from exposure to the environment and deteriorate faster than composite lumber tiles. Some available types of wood include eucalyptus, ipe and other exotic hardwood.
Regardless of the material, deck tiles are protected from the surface underneath by being secured to plastic panels. Panels may be screwed down, bolted or snapped together, depending on the manufacturer. Perforations in the panels reduce their weight and make it easier for water to run through them and onto the surface. Tiles larger than 12 by 12 inches are intended to be installed by contractors and have no panels.
Deck tiles typically measure 12 by 12 inches and their main advantages include easy installation and versatility. Fastening them to the surface is typically unnecessary and installation consists of laying them down and, if necessary, linking neighbouring tiles with connectors. As deck tiles can be laid down in any pattern, they are a versatile paving option. Typically, deck tiles are comparatively light, making them a particularly good option for rooftop gardens.