Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tile in a Snap


SnapStone Floating Tile
Seven years ago I bought a new home that was about 70 percent complete.  Part of the 30 percent that remained to be finished included flooring in two bedrooms, the upstairs loft, a half bath, pantry, laundry room, and stairwell.  To make the house immediately livable, I put in some flooring that was trendy at the time.  I figured if a product passed the Divine Design test of my HGTV guru, Candice Olson, it was certainly more than worthy of installation in my home.

I’m still happy with most of the flooring I installed, but I have since rescued a dog.  Anyone who has cared for larger dogs knows they can be hard on flooring.  The area that has taken a beating is the stairwell landing where Toby likes to hang out by a picture window that gives him a place to keep an eye on what’s happening in our world.  I need to install a tougher material that can take heavy traffic.

Having decided on tile, since my animals love to soak up the sun in front of that window, I have been researching DIY options.  How I love to come across web pages that show an innovative home improvement product in action.  There are many websites pushing products, but few that are exceptional when it comes to demonstrating an actual installation.  I appreciate a how-to presentation that is honest in sharing what went right as well as lessons learned.

Here’s one of the best Squidoo lenses I found.  KateHon demos a fabulous floating tile flooring option while sharing before and after photos of a bathroom renovation.  I can see myself installing this tile floor in my home.  How about you?

Have you published a home improvement product review?  If so, stop by and let me know.  I hope to feature your work.  You can find me at Home Renovation Central and "Do or Di DIY."

12 comments:

  1. Excellent tutorial for a DIYer. That's a really beautiful floor tile and perfect for places where you don't want to remove the old flooring first.

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    1. The tile is gorgeous and the installation could not be any easier. Thanks for checking out the featured review. Appreciated!

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  2. Thanks for sharing a great SnapStone installation article. That sure beats the old-fashioned method of laying a tile floor, which I have done. I love tile flooring and so does my dog. Tidbit lays on the cool tile all summer long to beat the heat. Now that she's older, though, I've noticed that she has a harder time getting up from the tile floor than she does on carpeted areas--the tile has no grip and her weak hind legs slide out from under her.

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    1. It really speeds up the process when you don't have to rip anything up before laying the tile. When I lived in the South, on the Gulf of Mexico, the only flooring that made sense was tile. I've noticed that my animals love both the warmth and the coolness of tile depending on the time of year and where the sunshine beams in on it. It sure is tough when our beloved companions start having those mobility issues. Wishing you and Tidbit all the very best.

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  3. This might be just the flooring I need for my new home. We have a couple of small areas that need something better than 1970s linoleum. Thank you for this great find! Awesome!

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    1. It sure would be an excellent and quick way to update that linoleum (and cost-effective). Hope to see photos and a review if you decide to go this route. With your small areas, you could be done in half a day.

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  4. My husband replaced the carpet in our bathroom with tile flooring and I absolutely love it! We also have dogs, who do like baths. They have even been known to step into the shower if given the opportunity. You can't imagine the mad dash to the shower on some mornings when we are just trying to get a real shower. Anyway, the ceramic tile he laid is perfect for water, dogs, steam, etc and is very easy to keep clean. Well worth the price! Oh, and did I hear something about a rubber mallet? lol

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    1. I can see why tile was the perfect choice for your bathroom. Dogs do love playing in water. I should have known you would notice that rubber mallet. Now you're going to want more tile just so you can have another go with the mallet. :-)

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  5. We replace our linoleum floor in the kitchen with porcelain tile last fall and I really love it! My brother laid it for us so I didn't have to deal with that...but if I had the instructions KateHon gives in her lens are excellent.

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    1. Nice to have a brother who is talented in the DIY arena. I can imagine your new tile looks fantastic.

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  6. I used this tile in my clubhouse (golf). It stood up to daily traffic in the hundreds +!! I am a big fan and know your Toby could not hurt it! Off to read the lens!!

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    1. If the tile holds up in a clubhouse, for sure it will do well in a home with far less traffic. Thanks for affirming this choice. Appreciated!

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