How to Lay SnapStone Tile

SnapStone tile is designed to make tile installation easy and quick. Made from real porcelain, this tile is installed as a floating floor and can be installed directly over almost any subfloor type. Homeowners should be able to tackle this tile installation in a short weekend. While the floor does not need to be adhered with thinset mortar, tiles along the edges of the room should be glued down with construction adhesive. This will prevent the tiles from popping out of place.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • SnapStone Tile
  • Dovetail saw
  • Rubber mallet
  • Tapping block
  • Wet saw
  • SnapStone Flexible Grout
  • Rubber grout float
  • Grout sponge

Instructions

    • 1

      Prepare the subfloor for the tile installation. Remove old flooring. Check the floor to ensure that it is flat and structurally sound. Vacuum the floor to remove any dirt or debris.

    • 2

      Undercut the door jambs and casing. Place one of the tiles next to the casing and use a dove-tail saw to cut the door jamb to the correct size.

    • 3

      Place the SnapStone tile in the room 24 hours before installation to allow the tiles to acclimate to the room temperature.

    • 4

      Begin laying the tiles along the longest continual wall in the room. Space the tiles out from the wall approximately ¼ inch to allow for expansion. Slide the tiles together and tap them into linkage with a rubber mallet and a tapping block. This will engage the interlocking tabs that hold the tiles together. Cut the tiles to size with a wet saw.

    • 5

      Spread SnapStone Flexible Grout into the joints of the tiles. Use a rubber grout float to spread the grout over the tiles diagonally. Remove excess grout from the floor by running the float over the tiles at a 90-degree angle. Grout residue can be removed from the SnapStone tiles with a damp grout sponge.

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  • Photo Credit Tile wall image by Pontus Edenberg from Fotolia.com

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