So you’ve decided. You want to expand your home experiences and beautify your balcony. You need to get the approval of your condo board (Ontario) or strata council (BC). How do you do that?
- Make sure you are using interlocking, floating flooring (often called deck tiles) specifically designed for condo balconies, and you will usually get approval from even the most cautious board or council. (If you’re trying to use another type of product you will be much less likely to succeed.)
- Read the by-laws of your building. Having a good understanding of the rules just plain makes sense. Better yet, get on the strata council or condo board and then influence the guidelines for outdoor flooring!
- Connect directly with the council/board to make a request. Not sure how? Talk to your property manager. When talking to your board/council, be sure to mention that the tiles interlock, and they don’t require glue, grout or nails and don’t attach in any way to the structure. This is important because maintenance can easily be done on any part of the balcony, floor included, by lifting up the one or two tiles in the area needing attention. It’s also important because the tiles and the floor beneath dry more quickly due to the air circulation that flows in and around the entire tile.
Are you aware of other ways to get your board/council on side? We’d like to hear them!