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Potenial for water
  • We are replacing 1200 square feet of flooring that is currently half ceramic tile and half wood laminate. We want the same surface throughout and were thinking slate until we saw SnapStone. I am not sure that it would be suitable for our application and am hoping you can help. There is the potential for water getting under the floor from a storage area that houses the well and air conditioner. Recently, the air conditioner caused water to flow under the wood laminate floor (causing the need for the replacement floor). Would SnapStone be able to withstand this like a traditional tile floor? And would SnapStone be suitable for that large of an area that contains a kitchen, laundry room and is high traffic?

    Thanks for your time and information,

    SnapStone reply:
    I'd love to tell you to use SnapStone, but you really need to solve the moisture problem first (not only for SnapStone, but any other flooring product you may choose).

    The SnapStone is not damaged by incidental moisture, but the underlying subfloor could defintely be damaged with continuous moisture. I'd also be concerned about mold and/or mildew developing under the SnapStone.

    Aside from the moisture concern, SnapStone is definitely OK for large, high-traffic residential areas as you've described. Just make sure your subfloor is flat and stable.

    Could you install snapstone over a dricore floating floor? The dricore would take care of the moisture problem. Is it a problem to have a floating floor on top of a floating subfloor?

    SnapStone reply:
    I wouldn't think stacking floating floors would be a very good idea. Even though the grout used with the Snapstone is (I'm sure) designed to handle some movement, I would be afraid a double floor would have a tendency to tax the limits of the grout over time.