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Top floor balcony tiles/decking

We've a top floor balcony, totally exposed to the sun pretty much all day long. Temperatures in the summer are very hot, can't be walked on. Obviously can be covered in snow in the winter. We have concrete(?) tiles at the moment which absorb a lot of heat.

We're thinking of changing. But to what? Any advice? I've heard wood composite gets hot too, wood is quite care-intensive and can splinter in constant direct sunlight. What happens when it's constantly wet or under the snow? Or where the plant pots and sofa stand? I don't know of anyone having a wooden balcony, so I'm assuming there's a reason for this. Is there?

The husband wants to replace it ourselves... Any recommendations of places to look at? Area is about 55m^2
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Re: Top floor balcony tiles/decking

WPC composite will get hotter than wood so wood is a better option. Maintenance and splinters from wood decking are directly related to the type of wood you choose. If you choose a quality hardwood like Ipé or Sipo then splinters will not be an issue, with both of these you can oil them to preserve the colour or leave them virtually untreated and let the sun fade them to grey. If you are in the Zurich region I can supply decking material as a package for you to install. You can also get materials from Bauhaus or Hoenbach but quality and choice of materials will be reduced.
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Re: Top floor balcony tiles/decking

There does exist a type of 'concrete' slab/tile that's very resistant to the sun. We had these installed around our swimming pool 15 years ago, as the whole area is both exposed to the sun and under a glass cover. Results were (and still are) spectacular - the older concrete slabs on the terrace can reach a temperature where they would actually burn the souls of your feet, but the new ones stay cool enough in the same conditions to stand on without discomfort.

I don't have a link, but a quick Google on pool surround tiles gives a lot of results to start you off.
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There does exist a type of 'concrete' slab/tile that's very resistant to the sun. We had these installed around our swimming pool 15 years ago, as the whole area is both exposed to the sun and under a glass cover. Results were (and still are) spectacular - the older concrete slabs on the terrace can reach a temperature where they would actually burn the souls of your feet, but the new ones stay cool enough in the same conditions to stand on without discomfort.

I don't have a link, but a quick Google on pool surround tiles gives a lot of results to start you off.
aaaw, that would be feet's hell then.
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