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Snap-Together Tile Flooring: A Total Game-Changer

March 31, 2020

You’ve seen it in your dreams. Beautiful tile installed all across your home. Then, the dream fades into a nightmare, and all you see is tile stacked higher than the eye can see. It’s waiting to be laid. But there’s no one to lay it.

If you’ve looked into installing different types of tile, then you know just reading about the installation process is nightmare-inducing. No one likes nightmares. And with the ongoing tile installer shortages, it’s getting harder and harder (and much more expensive) to find an experienced craftsman.

Tile is one of the most common and amazing types of flooring, so why is it a pain to install? How come all the best hardwood floors and other wood flooring types have much easier installation? Thankfully, as of 2020, there’s a solution: snap-together tile flooring. 

If the words “snap-together” and “tiles” are making you shake with excitement, calm down until you can take in all the info below. We’re going to talk about what snap-together tile flooring is, how it works, the companies that make it, and if it’s right for your home.

In general, what is “click-together” or “snap-together” flooring?

Click-together flooring, snap-together flooring, interlocking flooring, snap-lock flooring… it goes by a lot of names. But whatever you want to call it, these terms refer to a floor that installs via a system of interlocking grooves rather than being glued or nailed to a subfloor.

This makes for a smooth, seamless floor that “floats” on top of the subfloor (aka a “floating floor”). Think of it like a jigsaw puzzle—just sweatier and dirtier. 

These terms—click-lock, snap-together, click-together, etc.—differ depending on the manufacturer. Unsurprisingly, each manufacturer has their own trademarked click-together system. For our purposes, we’ll be using the terms “click-together” and “snap-together”.

click-together lvt vinyl flooring planks close up on click-lock grooves
Click-together vinyl flooring planks

What are the pros and cons of floating floors?

There are a lot of advantages and disadvantages of floating floors. But in general, the pros of floating floors—quick installation, ability to be repaired easily, etc.—far outway the cons, like sound amplification and humidity risks. Plus, many manufacturers have been able to mitigate the disadvantages to floating floors almost completely.

How does snap-together tile work?

Since cavemen times (or rather, since the 1970s), there’s been a debate between tile vs. laminate floors. And that’s because tile floors are notoriously hard to install. Even if you’re comparing tile vs. wood floors, you’ll find the same issue—tile can be even harder to install than solid parquet.

Snap-together tile floors, on the other hand, click together just like any other modular flooring option. You do have to grout in the edgets to a certain extent, but it depends on the specific manufacturer (and we’ll talk about it more later). Either way, snap-together tile floors are infinitely easier to put down than traditional tiles. And speaking of which:

Who manufactures snap-together tile flooring?

At this point, only two companies offer snap-together tile flooring. But only one is still in business!

SnapStone: the sunken brand

SnapStone, manufactured by the now-defunct CoMc, LLC, was the original click-together tile when it premiered back in 2005. You can still find vendors that sell these tiles, but they’re few and far between. Buying SnapStone could be a risk (they’ve received “mixed reviews”), but you may be able to find it at discounted prices.

RevoTile: Daltile’s revolutionary product

In early 2020, Daltile released a revolutionary snap-together tile flooring: RevoTile

And it’s taking the industry by storm. Made of actual porcelain, RevoTile installs as a click-together floor with minimal grouting. If looking for ideas on how to replace your flooring with something that’s both genuine tile and DIY-friendly, RevoTile is your best bet.

Honorable mention: COREtec Stone

In order to address the tile installer shortage, USFloors is now offering a “click-together tile” of their own: COREtec Stone. However: although USFloors pitches this product as a tile (and even puts it in the tile section of local flooring stores), COREtec is actually a type of vinyl plank flooring. It is not genuine porcelain or ceramic tile. 

That being said, if you’re looking for the best cork flooring around—or even the best bamboo flooring—USFloors is the way to go.

How do you install snap-together tile?

If you’ve done any research on do-it-yourself flooring, you’ll know that tile is really far down on the list of DIY-friendly options. And it’s true: though it’s one of the most durable flooring options around, tile is tedious as heck. Seriously, we can’t stress that enough. 

Installing traditional tile flooring craftsman with mortar
Installing traditional (not snap-together) tile flooring

Snap-together tile flooring, on the other hand, is relatively simple. RevoTile, for instance, is laid in a three-step process:

  1. Place the RapidPrep underlayment to absorb shock and block moisture.
  2. Click the tiles together with the included ClicFit kit.
  3. Grout between the tiles using Daltile’s single-component RapidGrout.

No need to manually space the tiles, grout them to the floor, or wait for the binder to dry before grouting between the tiles. Pretty simple, no? And the result is a beautiful genuine, waterproof flooring option. Oh, and the words in italics are Daltile’s trademarked phrases, if you couldn’t tell. 

How much does a snap-together tile floor cost?

While it all depends on the manufacturer, color, and style, RevoTile prices usually run about $5–$6 per square foot. SnapStone can only be bought in select locations (so prices may vary even more), but it’s comparable to RevoTile in price. 

Given that normal porcelain tiles can run a huge price range (from $1 all the way to $15 per foot), snap-together tile flooring offers an affordable price point. And remember: these are just ballpark numbers; all types of flooring can vary widely in price depending on location and demand.

What styles to click-together flooring tiles come in?

It’s true the options here are limited, but not as much as you might think.

SnapStone flooring tiles

SnapStone’s catalog is limited, and that’s not just because the company is no longer in business. Here’s what you can choose from with SnapStone:

  • Wood-look tile in five variations: weathered grey, charwood, dover, timber, and walnut.
    • These wood-look tiles are 6 inches x 23 ¾ inches, and they all come with a glazed matte finish.
  • Concrete look tile in three variations: dark urban moss, clean-cut adobe, and tan mocha tile. 
    • These also come glazed with a matte finish.

RevoTile flooring tiles

Unlike SnapStone, RevoTile comes in a whopping 26 options. 

  • Wood-look tile makes up about half of RevoTile’s offerings.
  • Stone, marble, and concrete tiles account for the rest of the brand’s offerings. 
  • Just because we didn’t dive into these options in detail doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of them. In fact, there are too many to list! 

Note: if you’re not familiar with wood-look tile, you should check it out. It’s one of the coolest types of fake wood flooring (or “faux-wood flooring” if you want to be fancy). You can even install it in classic wood floor designs like herringbone parquet!

Verdict: snap-together tile is a total game-changer

If you love the look of tile but have been put off by the pricey installation or lack of DIY options, snap-together tile is a total game-changer.

In the same way modular peel-and-stick carpet tiles completely changed the flooring industry by offering an easy, authentic alternative to a material that’s difficult to install, so too has snap-together tile flooring. 

But regardless of whether or not snap-together tile floors are right for you, make sure you buy your flooring from a trustworthy expert. Use this flooring dealers near me search to find a local retailer to help you with your flooring journey! And for more information on all things flooring, check out:

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