FAQs

Installing SnapStone® Porcelain Tile in Bathrooms

How do I cut SnapStone® tile around the toilet flange?

When cutting around the toilet flange, make square "L" cuts to fit tile to flange. Be sure to follow all safety rules.

Do I need to remove the toilet or can I cut around it?

The toilet will need to be removed before installing SnapStone tile. It is important to leave a ¼ expansion joint and fill the area around the flange with silicone caulking before re-setting the toilet.

Do I need to fill in the gap along the edge of the bathtub?

Yes. This should be filled with a quality silicon sealant to guard against water getting under the floor.

I'm installing SnapStone tile in my bathroom. Do I need to fill in the ¼" gap along the perimeter?

Yes. Since a bathroom is a higher moisture area, the perimeter should be filled with a quality silicon caulking to guard against water getting under the floor.

Can I use SnapStone interlocking tile in my shower?

No. For showers, we recommend SnapStone non-interlocking (raw) tile using traditional installation methods and cement-based grout.

Can I install my vanity on top of my SnapStone floor?

Permanently installed cabinetry should be installed first and then install SnapStone around the vanity, leaving the ¼” expansion space between the edge of the tile and the edge of the vanity. Vanities that are designed with 4 feet and resemble a piece of furniture can be installed over a SnapStone floor.

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Care & Maintenance

Do I need to seal my SnapStone® tile or flexible grout?

A: No, SnapStone tile and flexible grout does not require sealing.

How do I clean my SnapStone floor?

Regular sweeping or vacuuming of the floor and promptly cleaning up spills will ensure your SnapStone floor looks its best. For deep cleaning, you can use a solution of 1 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water.

Should SnapStone be cleaned using an enzyme cleaner?

No. In certain situations (primarily when coming into contact with edible oils or animal fats), enzyme cleaners can breakdown SnapStone Flexible Grout.

Can SnapStone be cleaned using vinegar?

No.

When applying grout in vet offices, or areas where urine will "stand" for a period of time before cleaning, should grout be sealed?

While SnapStone Flexible Grout responds well when exposed to urine for a short amount of time, it may be beneficial to seal your floor in environments where it may "stand" for a longer period of time.

Can I use a steam cleaner to clean a SnapStone tile floor?

No, a steam cleaner is not recommended for cleaning a SnapStone tile floor.

What should I use to clean the grout lines?

We recommend using SoftScrub® with Bleach and a soft-bristled brush.

The grout left a residue on the tile. What can I use to remove this?

Use Urethane Grout Cleaner (UGC), Krud Kutter® Original or Krud Kutter® Tough Task Remover to cleanup any grout haze that remains on the tile surface after drying. Krud Kutter is available at home improvement centers. UGC may be ordered from the SnapStone sample store.
Repair Instructions

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Sub Floor Preparation

Does SnapStone® tile require an acclimation period before installation?

SnapStone porcelain tile is a very stable, and does not require acclimation if installed under normal climate conditions of 65-80°F. If, however, the temperature variance is greater than 20°F from storage to jobsite, a 24 hour acclimation period is recommended.

Does SnapStone® require an underlayment?

No. The rubberized grid on the back of the tray eliminates the need for an underlayment.

How thick must the sub-floor be in order to install the SnapStone tile?

5/8" installed over 16" on center.

How flat does a sub-floor need to be in order to install SnapStone tile?

For tile with all edges shorter than 15", maximum allowable variation is 1/4" in 10' from the required plane, with no more than 1/16" variation in 12" when measured from the high points in the surface. For tiles with at least one edge 15" in length, maximum allowable variation is 1/8" in 10' from the required plane, with no more than 1/16" variation in 24" when measured from the high points in the surface, as indicated by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook.

Over what type of sub-floors can SnapStone tile be installed?

SnapStone can be installed on permanent, solid surfaces. This includes vinyl, plywood, OSB, particle board, concrete, and ceramic that meet the TCNA Handbook's requirements for subfloors/substrates. Avoid non-solid, uneven surfaces such as carpet. SnapStone should not be installed over other floating floor systems, such as laminate wood floors.

What do I do if there is a dip in the middle of the sub-floor?

Use a straight edge to determine the depth of the low spot. If it exceeds the tolerance requirement for the tile size, as required by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation, then it will need to be filled. Cement based patching compounds works best. Avoid gypsum patching compounds in wet areas since they may support mold growth.

What do I do if there is a high spot in the middle of my floor?

If the high spot exceeds the tolerance requirement for the tile size, as required by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation, then it will need to be removed. First, determine how much of the high spot needs to be removed. High spots can be sanded with a belt sander or edger; or, by using a planer. Remember: never sand existing resilient floor covering as it may contain asbestos. Removing high spots may require inspection from a carpenter to ensure the floor remains structurally sound. Please note:Operate all equipment according to the manufacturers' instructions and safety requirements.

Can SnapStone tile be installed over a crack in the sub-floor?

Yes. Unlike a traditionally installed ceramic tile floor, SnapStone porcelain tile can be installed over cracks and expansion joints in concrete as long as the crack does not cause a height difference in the floor.

My floor squeaks. Should I fix it before I install SnapStone tile?

If the floor squeaks now, it will squeak after SnapStone tile is installed. Please consult a carpenter if you wish to address the squeaking floor.

My previous floor left an adhesive residue on the sub-floor. Can I install SnapStone tile directly over this surface?

If the old adhesive residue is completely dry, then yes. However, if the residue is sticky, it is recommended to first install a thin underlayment (1/8") over the floor. This will provide a smooth surface for installing your floor.

Is there an alternative to leveling the floor with a patching compound?

Yes. Using 1/8" hardboard is an alternative to leveling the floor with patching compound. It may be a little more expensive, but could be a good option if you do not have experience patching floors.

Do I need to remove my vinyl floor before installing the SnapStone flooring system?

No. the SnapStone Floating Porcelain Tile System can be installed directly over your existing vinyl floor as long as the joist and subfloor/substrate requirements from the TCNA(Tile Council of North America) Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation are met.

I have baseboards and quarter round on my walls. Should I remove them before installing SnapStone?

Yes. The quarter round or base shoe should be removed, and then re-installed to cover the expansion gaps along the perimeter. It is not necessary to remove the baseboards.

Do I need to remove my old flooring before I install my SnapStone floor?

Not all the existing floors need to be removed. The SnapStone system can be installed over most clean, dry, structurally sound floors such as vinyl, wood, concrete, or ceramic. It should not be installed over carpet, as long as it meets the joist and subfloor/substrate requirments as defined by the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation.

My old vinyl tile floor is missing a few pieces. Do I have to remove the whole floor to install SnapStone?

No. If the vinyl tile is well bonded to its sub-floor and only a few pieces are missing, just use cement based patching compound to fill the missing areas. Then, once the floor is flat according to the requirements of the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation, SnapStone can be installed. Use caution when removing loose tile as some vinyl tiles may contain asbestos.

Do I need to remove the paint from the concrete floor before installing SnapStone tile?

No.

My third floor condo has lightweight concrete, and I'm told that primers and sealers need to be applied before my tile floor can be installed. Is this necessary with SnapStone?

No, as long as the floor is within a tolerance of ¼" in 10' and 1/16" in 1'; according to the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation.

Are there any deflection requirements for SnapStone tile?

The floor must not have deflection greater than 1/360 of the span when measured under a 300 lb concentrated load (See ASTM C 627).

Do I need to undercut the door jambs and casings?

No, it is not required. However, you will still need to allow ¼" expansion at the jambs. Undercutting of the jambs is used to cover the cut edges while still providing this needed expansion.

What is the best way to undercut the door jambs and casings?

If there are only a few door jambs and casings to cut, it is easiest to use a sharp hand saw. A scrap piece of SnapStone tile can be used as a guide to ensure the casing is cut at the exact height needed. If there is a large number of door jambs and casings, a power jamb saw is recommended. (NOTE: Follow the manufacturers' instructions and safety requirments when operating tools and machinery.)

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SnapStone Porcelain Floor Tile and Furniture & Appliances

I want to install a SnapStone® floor in my game room. Will my slate top pool table be too heavy for SnapStone?

When installed properly, A SnapStone floating floor will perform well when installed under heavy objects such as a pool table.

Can I install my SnapStone tile floor before my built-in cabinets are installed?

No. All permanently installed cabinets should be in place prior to installation of SnapStone. Remember to leave a ¼" expansion space around your cabinetry.

Will my chair legs and furniture pieces scratch my SnapStone Floor?

It is always a good idea with any hard surface floor to have protective glides on the bottom of the chairs. SnapStone is very durable, however, marks may occur from unprotected legs. Additionally, SnapStone may cause excessive wear on wood-legged chairs.

Do I need to remove my dishwasher before I install my SnapStone floor?

No, just remove the bottom panel on your dishwasher and make sure there is enough adjustability in the treaded leveling legs for SnapStone.

I'm installing a SnapStone floor in a basement utility room. Is it okay to install SnapStone tile next to my furnace?

It is usually safe to install SnapStone tile next to gas and electric furnaces. However, it is a good idea to check with your heating and cooling technician to ensure the floor will not be exposed to temperatures of over 115 degrees F.

Can I move my refrigerator back into place immediately after grouting my floor?

Yes. You can move the appliance back into place while the grout is still wet, though you might need to touch-up the grout if the wheels disrupt the grout line. The key is you do not want continuous traffic/movement on the floor for the first 24 hours.

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Grouting & Caulking

Can I use SnapStone Flexible Grout with other tiles?

No. SnapStone Flexible Grout is designed and warranted for use only with the SnpaStone Floating Porcelain Tile System. It is not recommended for other applications.

When I opened the bucket of SnapStone® Flexible Grout, there was some liquid at the top. Is this normal?

Yes. Liquid may be present on the surface of the grout when opened. This is from settling. Use a margin trowel to fold the liquid into grout.

How many square feet will a 9-lb pail of SnapStone Flexible Grout cover?

A 9 lb pail of SnapStone Flexible Grout will cover approximately 50-65 square feet of a 12"x12" SnapStone tile installation. The coverage will be less (as little as 25 sq. ft) when incorporating 6"x6" tiles into the installation, and more (approximately 75 sq. ft) when installing 18" x 18" tile. Installing 6" x 24" tile will yield approximately 80 sq. ft. of ThinLine grout coverage and 12" x 24" approximately 125 sq. ft.

Does SnapStone Flexible Grout require mixing like traditional cement-based grouts?

No. SnapStone Flexible Grout comes pre-mixed, and does not require mixing like traditional cement-based grouts. It may, however, require some stirring using a margin trowel before use.

How long does SnapStone Flexible Grout need to cure before we can walk on it?

Wait 24 hours for light foot traffic, 72 hours for normal household traffic, and 7 days before cleaning. Please refer to our Care & Maintenance Page for additional cleaning information.

Do I need to seal SnapStone Flexible Grout?

SnapStone Flexible Grout is stain- and water-resistant, and is self-sealing and requires no additional sealing.

Do I have to use SnapStone Flexible Grout when installing SnapStone porcelain tile?

Yes. SnapStone Flexible Grout is specially formulated for use with SnapStone tiles. Other grouts are not sufficiently flexible to handle the movement associated with a floating floor, and will fail.

What is the shelf life of SnapStone Flexible Grout?

SnapStone Flexible Grout has a shelf life of 1 year after being opened.

The grout left a residue on the tile. What can I use to remove this?

Use Urethane Grout Cleaner (UGC), Krud Kutter® Original or Krud Kutter® Tough Task Remover to cleanup any grout haze that remains on the tile surface after drying. Krud Kutter is available at home improvement centers. UGC may be ordered from the SnapStone sample store. Detailed Grout Haze Removal Instructions

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Grout Haze Removal

Will applying a tile or grout sealer after grout installation hurt SnapStone Flexible Grout?

It is not recommended to use a sealer on the grout since it is self-sealing.

Will the color of SnapStone Flexible Grout vary from batch to batch?

No. SnapStone Flexible Grout maintains a consistent color from batch to batch.

How do I clean SnapStone Flexible Grout during the grouting process?

Remove grout residue as you work using a sponge and water. If working alone, never grout more than 10 square feet before cleaning. See our grouting video for more details.

Who do I call for chemical emergencies?

For Chemical Emergency call CHEMTREC 24 hours, 800-424-9300 North America, 703-527-3887 International (collect).

How do I correct imperfections in the grout?

Repair any low spots by adding additional grout. SnapStone Flexible Grout adheres to itself.

How long should I wait before allowing pets on the SnapStone floor?

SnapStone Flexible Grout is most vulnerable to stain while in the curing stage. It is recommended that pet traffic is minimized within the first week of grout application.

What should I use to seal off the perimeter of my SnapStone floor?

We recommend sealing the perimeter of your SnapStone floor using a color-matched silicone caulk. You can order online at GroutGetter.com.

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SnapStone® Flooring Installation/Assembly

When beginning my installation along a wall, do I need to leave an expansion gap?

Yes. A ¼" expansion gap should be left to leave room for expansion and contraction. In higher moisture environments, a color-matched siliconecaulk should be used to fill this gap.

What tools and materials are needed to install SnapStone® tile?

The following items are recommended to install SnapStone tile: Safety goggles, ear protection, rubber mallet*, tapping block*, pull bar*, tape measure, speed square, straight edge, wet saw, undercut saw, utility knife, rubber gloves, margin trowel*, hard rubber-edged grout float*, 5-gallon bucket of water, sponge*. *Included in SnapStone Installation Toolkit Note: Please follow all manufacturers' instructions and safety requirements when using these tools and equipment.

How do I assemble SnapStone tile?

SnapStone tile can be installed using a white-headed rubber mallet and tapping block. Be sure to place the tapping block squarely against the tile, never against the plastic tray.

What if I have trouble snapping two tiles together?

If tiles are difficult to snap together, mix water and dish soap in a spray bottle, and moisten tabs.

Is there an easy way to remove the tabs of the SnapStone tile if installing along the perimeter?

Yes. The tabs can be removed by carefully using tin snips or a wet saw, or by placing the tile upside down on a flat surface, then striking the tabs with a rubber mallet. In many situations, the tiles used around the perimeter will already be cut, and tabs will already be removed.

How long do I have to stay off the tile before I can grout?

You can start grouting immediately.

One area of my SnapStone floor requires very small cuts (about 1"). Will I be able to connect the tabs?

A minimum of two tabs per side is needed to interlock any two SnapStone tile pieces together. However, if the layout of the floor requires a smaller piece be used, use a construction adhesive under the small pieces to make sure they remain secured.

Do I have to install each tile in the same direction?

No. The tabs of a SnapStone tile will interlock with another tile from any side.

What if an interlocking tab is damaged?

The patented SnapSys Interloc® tray is engineered to lock and function properly with as few as 4 connected tabs. If 4 or more tabs are damaged, use this piece as a cut tile along the perimeter.

How do I connect SnapStone tile along the perimeter?

Leaving a ¼" gap along the perimeter, a coated pull bar should be used to gently apply pressure until tabs interlock completely.

What is a dye lot, and does it matter?

A tile's dye lot refers to the coloration and reflectivity of a tile. Finish, texture, shade, color, pattern and sheen variations are normal in glazed porcelain tile and can vary between production lots. For best results, please ensure all tile for your project has been produced from the same lot. Lot numbers are indicated by the barcode on each box of tile.

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SnapStone® Porcelain Floor Tile Patterns & Layouts

Where in the room should I start my SnapStone® floor tile installation?

It is typically best to start in the center of the room or at a perimeter. It is important to determine where your cuts will be in order to avoid using small pieces along the edge. You may also want to consider starting in the area with the most undercuts as installing these pieces at the end of your installation can be challenging.

What tile pattern options do I have?

The SnapStone porcelain tile can easily be installed using straight, staggered, or diagonal patterns. Additionally, 18"x18", 12"x12" and 6"x6" tiles can be installed together to create an almost unlimited number of options. See our Flooring Tile Patterns page or more information about floor patterns and layouts.

Does installing a diagonal pattern require more work than a straight pattern?

Yes. Installing a diagonal pattern does require a little extra work to plan the layout and make additional cuts. Also, due to the additional cuts, there will be a slightly higher amount of wasted tile.

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Marking and Cutting SnapStone® Porcelain Floor Tile

My wet saw is designed for cutting regular ceramic tile. Can I use this to cut SnapStone® porcelain tiles?

Most tile saws designed for cutting ceramic tile will work well with SnapStone Porcelain Tile. However, because SnapStone is a high quality porcelain tile, it is important to use a porcelain tile blade.

The water pump on my wet saw gets clogged easily when cutting the tile. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

The shavings from the tray will clog the pump on a wet saw if the water isn't changed frequently. The best way to combat this is by changing the water in the saw when tray shavings accumulate, approximately every 30-40 cuts. The shavings from the tray will float so you can easily see them.

What type of wet saw works best for cutting SnapStone tile?

Tile saws made by Dewalt,Felker, MK,Target, QEP, Rigid and others perform very well when cutting SnapStone tile. Be sure to use a porcelain tile blade.

What is the best way to cut around a vent?

If more than one tile is involved, you should be able to measure and mark your tiles easily, cutting with an angle grinder or wet saw. If, however, the required cut falls inside a tile and you can't cut from the edges, you must make a "plunge-cut" in the middle of the tile.

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SnapStone® Porcelain Floor Tile & Moisture

My basement has a moisture problem. Can I install a SnapStone® floating floor in this area?

It is recommended that you address your moisture problem before installing ANY floor in this area including the SnapStone Flooring System.

Can I install SnapStone tile over a sub-floor that has experienced water damage?

Yes. However, it is important to repair or replace any water-damaged boards, and ensure the floor is dry and flat and structurally sound, according to specifications of the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation. before installing SnapStone.

Can I install SnapStone tile over my plywood floor if it's wet?

No, the subfloor must be completely dry before installation. Identify and correct the source of moisture before installation.

Can I install SnapStone tile over mold?

Not until a few things are done. First find out the source of the moisture and correct it. Next, check to see if the moisture has caused structural damage to the floor (if unsure consult a carpenter). Repair if needed. If the floor is structurally sound, clean with a 1:9 bleach and water solution and rinse. Be sure the floor is completely dry before installing SnapStone.

Can SnapStone interlocking tile be used in a room with a floor drain?

No. SnapStone non-interlocking (raw) tile may be installed using traditional installation methods and cement-based grout.

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Product Specifications

How thick is SnapStone® tile?

Tile Height without the tray varies among the collections. Planks use 11mm tile, Elegance uses 10mm tile and the Classic collection uses 9mm tile.

What sizes are available?

Snapstone tile comes in 6" x 24", 12" x 24", 18" x 18", 12" x 12" and 6" x 6" sizes

How much does each SnapStone tile weigh?

A single 6" x 24" tile weighs 4.5 lbs; 12" x 24" tile weighs 9 lbs; 18" x 18" tile weighs 10 lbs; a single 12"x12" tile weighs 4.5 lbs; and a single 6"x6" tile weighs just over 1 lb.

How much does a carton of SnapStone tile weigh?

A carton of 6" x 24" tile weighs 23 lbs; 12" x 24" tile weighs 36 lbs; 18" x 18" tile weighs 40 lbs; 12" x 12" tile weighs 22.5 lbs; 6" x 6" tile weighs 13 lbs.

How many square feet per carton?

A 6" x 24" carton has 5 square feet and 5 pieces; 12" x 24" carton has 8 square feet and 4 pieces; 18" x 18" carton has 9 square feet and 4 pieces; 12"x12" carton has 5 square feet and 5 pieces; 6"x6" carton has 3 square feet and 12 pieces.

How thick are the grout joints?

6" x 6", 12" x 12" and 18" x 18" - ¼
12" x 24" and 6" x 24" - 316

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SnapStone® Floor Tile and Grout Repair & Replacement

Can I re-install my SnapStone® floor in another location?

Yes. A SnapStone Floating Porcelain Tile floor can be disassembled and re-installed in another location. Before reinstalling, the old grout will need to be removed using a utility knife.

I dropped a cast iron pan on my SnapStone tile floor and a tile chipped. How do I replace it?

A SnapStone tile that becomes damaged can be replaced using the following steps:
1: Remove grout from perimeter of broken tile, using a utility knife.
2: Cut the tabs at 3 of the 4 surrounding sides of the broken tile
3: Remove broken tile
4: Cut the tabs of the new tile on 3 of 4 sides
5: Apply a layer of premium construction adhesive to the back of the new tile in a spiral pattern.
6: Place the new tile into position, interlocking the side with remaining tabs
7: Apply pressure to ensure full adhesion
8: Once adhesive cures, apply flexible grout

A section of my grout has become discolored, can I repair it?

Yes, Snapstone® Flexible Grout can be easily repaired. For step-by-step instructions on how to repair or replace sections of grout, please see our grout replacement instructions.

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Suitable Applications

Can the SnapStone® floating flooring system be installed over radiant heat?

Yes, the SnapStone system is approved for installation above radiant heat. It works best with QuietWarmth Film by MP Global Products. QuietWarmth film is a thin and flexible radiant floor heating product designed for click-together floors.

Can the SnapStone floating flooring system be installed over an engineered joist system with joists that are 19-2 on center with 3/4" OSB?

Yes, as long as the floor meets the tolerance requirement of: For tile with all edges shorter than 15", maximum allowable variation is 1/4" in 10' from the required plane, with no more than 1/16" variation in 12" when measured from the high points in the surface. For tiles with at least one edge 15" in length, maximum allowable variation is 1/8" in 10' from the required plane, with no more than 1/16" variation in 24" when measured from the high points in the surface, as indicated by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook.

If I install the SnapStone floating flooring system over my hardwood floor, will the hardwood be damaged if I ever choose to remove my SnapStone floor?

Possibly. Grout may seep through the grout joints and adhere to the floor underneath. Additionally, the overmold on the back of the tile trays may leave an oily residue.

I changed my mind from ceramic tile to the SnapStone porcelain tile flooring system, but I already have cement board installed. Can I install SnapStone over the cement board?

Yes, as long as the joist/substrate and floor tolerance requirements, as defined by the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation are met.

Can the SnapStone floating tile system be installed over particle board?

Yes, as long as the joist/substrate and floor tolerance requirements, as defined by the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation are met.

Can the SnapStone floating tile system be installed over ceramic tile?

Yes. The SnapStone Floating Porcelain Tile System can be installed over a ceramic floor as long as the ceramic floor meets the sub floor specifications regarding thickness, joist configuration, deflection and tolerance specifications, as defined by Tile Council of North America (TCNA). Please visit the Prep: Sub floor preparation instructions, under the Installation tab, for the specification definitions. Additionally, any loose or broken tiles must be removed and patched with a portland cement based patching compound. Consideration must also be given to the height at the transitions and door casings.

Can the SnapStone interlocking tile system be installed as a countertop?

The SnapStone Interlocking Tile System is not recommended for installation on countertops. However, we do offer SnapStone non-interlocking porcelain tile for this application, using traditional tile installation methods and cementuous grout. SnapStone Flexible Grout is not designed nor warranted for countertop applications.

Can the SnapStone floating flooring system be installed in a bathroom?

Yes. The SnapStone Floating Porcelain Tile System is ideal for any indoor environment such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, etc. The SnapStone Flooring System and Flexible Grout should not, however, be installed in higher moisture areas such as showers and saunas, or rooms that are routinely flooded.

Can the SnapStone flooring system be installed outdoors?

No, however, the SnapStone Floating Porcelain Tile System can be installed in 3-season rooms.

Can the SnapStone flooring system be installed in an environment reaching below freezing temperatures?

This type of application is not covered under the SnapStone Warranty. However, we are aware of many installations that are performing well, and are indoor applications not subjected to rain, snow, standing water, or any other environment where moisture would get under the flooring system. Before subjecting the floor to freezing temperatures, the grout should be allowed to cure for 28 days at 70°F.

Can the SnapStone flooring system be installed on stairs?

The SnapStone Floating Porcelain Tile System and Flexible Grout are designed and warranted as a floating floor system, and is not recommended for stair applications. We recommend SnapStone non-interlocking (or raw) porcelain tile, using traditional installation methods and cementuous grout. If you choose to use SnapStone interlocking tile on a stair application outside of warranty, it will need to be fully adhered using a high-quality construction adhesive and a stair nose trim installed at the edge.

Can I install the SnapStone flooring system under a wood- or gas-burning stove?

No.

Can the SnapStone flooring system be installed in a large area flowing through my kitchen, laundry room and bathroom?

Yes.

Can the SnapStone interlocking porcelain tile system be installed on the wall?

No. However, Snapstone offers non-interlocking (raw) tile that may be installed using traditional installation methods and cementitious grout, for this application

Can SnapStone be used in a room with heavy moisture applications, such as floor drains or shower pans?

No. These types of applications are not recommended for the SnapStone system.

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Trims and Transitions

Is a trim piece needed at the edge of my SnapStone floor where it meets carpet?

No. The carpet can be tucked between the tackstrip and the edge of the SnapStone tile. Or, if necessary, shimming may be used to transition from one surface to the next.

My SnapStone floor is butting up to my wood floor. What is the best way to transition between the two floors?

If the floors are similar in height, a T-molding can easily be used.

What do I use to transition from my SnapStone porcelain tile floor to a floor of a different height?

Use a beveled hard surface reducer made of wood, vinyl or metal.

After leaving a ¼" gap along the perimeter, what can be used to fill this space?

This ¼" space along a perimeter can be filled in using a flexible silicone caulk and then covered using quarter round.

I have vinyl on the toe kicks of my cabinets. Can I install SnapStone tile in its place?

Yes. SnapStone tile can be fastened to a toe kick using a quality construction adhesive, such as PL Premium.

Can I use SnapStone tile as a baseboard?

Yes. Simply cut the tile to the desired height and install it after the floor installation is complete. The tray will be exposed on the top cut edge, and will need to be covered using grout, caulk or a molding. Or for a finished look, SnapStone Bullnose pieces can be purchased for this use.

Can I butt my SnapStone floor directly against my wood floor of equal height?

Yes. If your wood floor is the same height as SnapStone, butting directly to the two floors will work well. SnapStone and wood flooring expand and contract at different rates, so a bead of silicone caulk should be placed in the space between the two floors. If the wood floor is a different height, then a reducer molding will need to be installed to transition the two floors.

Can SnapStone Flexible Grout be installed in the ¼" gaps along the perimeter or at a threshold?

No. It is recommended that a silicone caulk be used to fill the ¼" gap along the perimeter or at a threshold.

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