Saturday, February 14, 2015

Tile Installation Made Easy

I have done my fair share of DIY projects over the years. One of the hardest ones was laying ceramic tile. Figuring out the layout, putting down the mastic evenly and grouting were challenging to say the least. I am happy to report that it did turn out well in the end.

Over the years since, many new products have been introduced that would have made my life so much easier had they been around when I was tiling. Today there are porcelain tiles that can be laid and grouted in a day. Tiles that require no grout and some that peel and stick. "Stick" around to see what's new in tiles for the DIY'er.

SnapStone is a floating porcelain tile floor. They are real porcelain tiles that simply snap together. It can be installed over most existing surfaces with no thin set or backer board needed. Once installed, use the flexible urethane grout and you have a real tile floor in no time. There are many styles and colors to choose from including wood look tiles.


Snap Stone

Love the look of wood clad walls? Well now you can have it by simply peeling and sticking it to the wall. Stikwood are solid wood planks that simply peel and stick to the surface you want. If you are installing it in a bathroom or as backsplash you should pay to have the  factory sealer applied.

Stik Wood

You can't get any easier than this. Smart Tiles are made from a clear gel component that looks like tile and has a 3D effect.  Simply peel off the back and stick. It is that simple. There are many styles and colors to choose from and can be used for backsplashes, on furniture or as an accent wall.




The Smart Tiles

Want an easier way to install real tile? Try Simple Mat. It replaces traditional thin set mortar. Simply adhere Simple Mat to the surface you are trying to cover, peel off the plastic cover and set the tiles. The mat allows for more time to set the tiles (even up to a couple of days) and there is no messy mortar. Once tiles are set, grout as usual.

Simple Mat

If you have always wanted a tiled backsplash, feature wall or shower, but were fearful of making a mistake, fear no more. All of these products make achieving your dreams a reality without the stress and mess of traditional tile installation.









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