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Old 08-08-2011, 08:00 AM   #16
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Porcelain click and lock floor tile


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We are pleased with StileLock.
Easy to install and looks great.

I completed a small 5x7 bathroom in about 6 hours.
All prework was done: sink and toilet removed, baseboards removed, flat and clean floor to work on.

A weekend home maintenance point-of-view:

Spacers are critical. Without them the floor moves all over the place and the tiles will not lock together. There has to be a solid backstop to pound against. I paid another $20 for the install kit and it was worth it. The Lowes guy also tried to sell me a $19 sand-filled mallet, but my good old $4 rubber mallet was A-OK. I can reuse the install kit on the next bathroom.

At first I was worried about seeing the seams between the tiles, but as tiles were pounded into place everything got tighter.

The wet saw is also necessary. Luckily I borrowed one, but they can be rented for around $50 a weekend here in VA.
Newbie Sawing note: I chipped the end off my first cut of an entire tile. After that I stopped the saw with a couple inches to go, flipped the tile and ripped to the existing cut. No more chipping.
The tiles cut easily.

The new floor is higher than the one-piece linoleum tile that it replaced.
So don't cheap out by trying to reuse the toilet bolts.
They probably will be too short, you're going to sit a little taller.
Plus the old bolts are nasty.

Since the new floor is a bit taller, I didn't have to worry as much about the rough area where the floor meets the walls. New, thick baseboard on top of the new floor covers all that. No Quarter round moulding was needed.

The price was a bit more, but there are no other materials needed like grout, glue or cement.

My cost breakdown for flooring materials:
6 boxes tiles at $41 box = $246 (seven tiles per box)
1 install kit = $20
(have six tiles left over for next job or future replacement)

Don't know if that is expensive, but it is real porcelain tile and I did it myself (didn't have to hire an installer).
I am a first time DIY in the flooring area - currently I am installing my set of Stilelock porcelan tile and I have run into a few challenges with finishing the raw edges in the kitchen which has a few angles (in other words not a perfect square). Such as what can I do to close the gaps which have still another /8 and 1/4 inch gaps between tile and the now replaced old wood quarter rounder transitions. Also my husband fears removing the tackless metal transitions that is on the carpet side will cause more expensive repairs. As well do to these angles I have had to create patterns and get several pieces of tiles cut to fit the awkward corners, what else is available on the market to help me have a clean finished, I seem to be spending more money to get to the end of this 3-weekend project. Any ideas --- trying to finish ASAP!

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Old 07-17-2012, 06:59 AM   #17
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Porcelain click and lock floor tile


I've purchased clicks tiles through the Home Depot website , had them delivered, rented a tile cutter and voila! A new porcelain tile floor in 1 day. My 13 x 13 kitchen was done! It's been over a year and they still look great after all the use by 4 kids, 2 grandkids, and a dog. My son and I installed the floor with ease and amazement.. Highly recommended.

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