KANDY Outdoor Flooring DIY Instructions

Step One: Prepare

  • Make arrangements to book the elevator in your condo, if applicable, for the day and time you plan to bring the product up to your suite (unless you’ve taken delivery already?)
  • Gather the tools and supplies you will need:
  • Safety glasses & work gloves
  • Utility knife and blades
  • Tape measure & carpenters’ pencils
  • Drop-cloths (to protect your floors inside) and tarps (to lay outside and minimize the mess from cutting)
  • Compound mitre saw, minimum 13” blade size with portable stand – 60 teeth minimum blade
  • Wet saw (for granite only)
  • Jigsaw – with metal/wood blades with fine teeth. Have extras, especially if you’re working with exotic hardwood which is very dense
  • Portable table/workbench
  • Hacksaw
  • Hammer
  • High quality rubber mallet
  • Drill & drill bits
  • Screwdrivers
  • Square, straight edge and battens for arced edges
  • Roofing shingles or equivalent to buffer uneven surfaces
  • Extension cord
  • Shop vac
  • Broom or brush and dustpan
  • Garbage bags
  • KANDY recommended sealants and cleaners, if applicable
    • Paint tray, brushes and sponges, gloves.
  • Rags
  • Lay drop cloth to protect the interior floor leading to the outdoor space
  • Remove furniture and items and clean balcony surface, sweeping or vacuuming to remove all stones and grit.

Step Two: Layout & Design

  • Open a few product boxes with utility knife and begin laying tiles
  • Lay tiles first along the straight, structural inside wall of the balcony or outdoor space to preview how the tiles will align along the length.
  • Then from the middle, lay one or two rows across the depth. This allows you to see where you may need to cut tiles, and to make decisions about adjusting the group of tiles from one end or the other based on where the tiles end at the outside edges to ensure optimum aesthetics.
  • Experiment with different design patterns. Make adjustments to the layout where necessary.
  • Get buy-in from your partner, wife or anyone sharing the dwelling who might make your life miserable later. :-)
  • Finish layout based on agreement above, setting any tiles that will need to be cut near the gap they will fill.

Step Three: Measure and Cut

  • Lay tarp on cutting surface and set up portable table and appropriate saw(s).
  • Minimize wastage through careful planning and layout. Do not mark or cut tiles before they are needed.
  • Measure and lightly mark the tiles that will need cutting: measure twice, cut once.
  • Plan your cutting bases on what will look best, rather than on what is absolutely straight. Walls are rarely straight, and corners rarely square.
  • Put on the safety glasses before beginning to cut.
  • Before cutting, turn over the tile and be sure you know whether the path of your cut will intersect a screw attaching tile upper and base. Remove screw first if that is the case.
  • If you need to add, change or replace a screw, pre-drill holes before screwing base to upper.
  • Use your roofing tiles to shim spots where the upper tiles dont’ align due to the base surface not being perfectly flat.

Step Four: Cleanup and Enjoy

  • Pack away all tools.
  • Carefully wrap and remove the tarp and debris.
  • Remove visible pencil marks from cut tiles in your new outdoor floor.
  • Sweep, vacuum and/or damp mop, depending whether you are also applying a sealant (granite) or wood conditioner.
  • Apply sealant or conditioner based on the product instructions.
  • Dispose of empty product boxes and remnants based on the rules in your building - be a good neighbor!
  • Enjoy your great work and your new outdoor space!

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