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Deck tiles are only a viable solution if the cement is a level surface.

The thought of breaking apart an ugly old cement patio can be daunting, time-consuming and costly, but an alternative that’s easier is to cover it with composite prefinished deck tiles. The deck tiles are only a viable solution if the cement is a level surface; it’s OK if it is weathered with stains, cracks and scars, but it must be flat and level so the deck tiles have a sound surface beneath them.

The 12-inch square deck tiles are just under 1-inch thick with slats fixed to a plastic base that interlocks with other pieces. To finish off the edges 12-inch fascia strips clip into the tiles so it hides their base.

You can set the tiles so the slats all run in parallel strips in the same direction, or make it more interesting with a herringbone or woven pattern with horizontal slats opposite vertical ones.

A deck contractor will charge $1,376, including labor and material to install deck tiles over a small 10-foot-by-15-foot deck. A handy homeowner can make the installation for $850, the cost of the tiles. You’ll find deck tiles sold at home centers and garden centers and online. The tiles are heavy, so check if there’s a delivery charge if you’re having them delivered.

To find more DIY project costs and to post comments and questions, visit www.diyornot.com.

Pro Cost — DIY Cost — Pro time — DIY Time — DIY Savings — Percent Saved

$1,376 — $850 — 19.1 — 24.0 — $526 — 38%