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Experience is key when selecting and installing the right type of deck tile for your condo balcony or rooftop terrace.  Here we impart our knowledge and experience to make life easier for everyone.  We don’t mind discussing this with you directly, so don’t hesitate to write or call us.  We’re friendly and don’t usually bite. 😜

 

We are rolling out print-friendly PDF copies with some of our blog articles.  That way, you can download and keep this vital balcony flooring information handy.    Just look for “Clique Here” or “Download PDF”.  [psst, there’s even one on this page a bit further down under Section 98!]

 

Three Balcony Flooring Rules — by a Professional Installer

 

Rule #1: Capped wood-plastic composites (WPC) are the king deck tile of outdoor flooring. Avoid any and all Ikea deck tiles.  The wood in their Runnen series (acacia) is not durable, especially in the harsh Toronto climate.  Their outdoor floors fade prematurely under direct sunlight, even with little UV exposure.  Ikea dark gray plastic tiles are just as poor, being lightweight and prone to lifting in high winds.  Oddly, some reputable websites post about these inferior products and lead readers in the wrong direction.

 

Rule #2: Balcony flooring absolutely transforms an outdoor space and adds property value.  The freedom you feel walking shoeless outside to enjoy the newly opened space is powerful.  It’s the reason why I made this company and one the best balcony flooring tips I can offer.

 

Rule #3: Although a condo balcony is considered an “exclusive-use common element” (owned by the condo building but for sole use by the apartment resident), balcony flooring is not against the rules as long as it’s floating (not fixed down).   It’s akin to a floor mat because it doesn’t affect the physical structure of the building and is easily removed.  We don’t need permission for those.

 

Balcony Flooring & Section 98 of the Ontario Condominium Act, 1998

 

Rule #4:  Condo residents may need permission by the condo board when planning to enhance their common element (balcony) with outdoor flooring.  This process, otherwise known as a “Section 98 Agreement”, is normally required when structural changes (modification by construction) are proposed for a common element.  It allows unit owners to modify their common element while protecting the interests of the condominium corporation and other unit owners.  Balcony flooring is in a grey zone because it is technically not a modification but rather an enhancement.

 

To learn about your rights, check with your real estate lawyer or contact the Condo Owners Association Ontario.  Please feel free to reach out to us if you have questions.

 

It is best to check your condominium documentation and inquire with your property manager and/or board of directors prior to commencing a project” — Lisa Breault, ACMO Blog Article (Association of Condo Managers of Ontario)

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Know your Rights as a Condo Resident

Condo Owners Association Ontario

416561-7373

https://www.coaontario.com

Condominium Authority Ontario

416-901-9356

https://www.condoauthorityontario.ca

Preview Image of PDF | Download a copy of Section 98 of the Condominium Act Ontario, 1998. Myth explained. Balcony flooring does not contravene the Act but sometimes permission from your condo board is needed (via a Section 98 request). Balcony deck tile floors do not alter the building structure and are easily removed. They may or may not be considered an "improvement" to an exclusive-use common element (balcony) whereas real construction is deemed a "modification" (which requires approval).

Section 98 of the Ontario Condomium Act

Balcony flooring in Ontario does not contravene the Act (Section 98 of the Condominium Act, 1998) but sometimes, permission from your condo board is needed by completing a Section 98 request.  This depends on a few factors.

Modifications to a balcony (an “exclusive-use common element) such as construction of a new structure on the balcony require permission.  No argument there.  But do balcony floors, strictly speaking, fall in this category? We think not.  Are they an improvement?  Well, sort of but a welcome mat too is an improvement.  Does it need a Section 98 request?

Balcony deck tile floors do not alter the building structure and are easily removed (or lifted for inspection). They may or may not be considered an improvement to the balcony so fall within a grey zone of whether permission is needed or not.  Best to consult with your property manager or conact the associations provided above.

— To see Section 98 for yourself off this website, go here

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