Are you ready for brilliant product that brings together the beauty and functionality of ceramic or porcelain tile without the headache of adhesives, grouting, and sealant? American Olean has done just that in a remarkable product called StileLock. If you need a tile floor installed either for a new construction or a remodeling project, and you want to do it yourself, you'll be hard pressed to find anything better than StileLock.
First, this innovative product is actual tile; it's not a veneer on top of fiberboard cores, so you are getting the real thing…just much easier. The grout is actually attached as a part of the tile itself that makes installation a no-brainer. All you have to do is prepare the subfloor.
StileLock is so versatile, it can be installed over just about any flat, clean subfloor except carpet or vinyl/laminate that is not glued down. What makes StileLock so unique is its locking system. It's designed similarly to tongue-and-groove laminate and engineered hardwood flooring, where one side of the tile has a receiving edge, and the other has a lip that slips right into the gap on the other tile. A couple of gentle taps with the rubber mallet and block, and — click! — it snaps together with ease. And the real wow factor of a StileLock installation is that there's no wait—install it in the kitchen in the afternoon and cook dinner that evening.
One of the downsides to ceramic tile, of course, is grouting. It's a long, tedious, and messy job that StileLock ceramic tiles allows you to avoid completely. And not only do you get to avoid the grouting itself, you also don't have to mess with sealants (or the eventual failing of sealants). StileLock tiles are completely encapsulated in polyurethane, which forms a protective shield that resists stains, mildew, mold, and bacteria.
StileLock tiles come in a variety of neutral, natural tones, and the grout is designed to be a perfect match for whatever color you decide on. And you can install the tiles in a grid format or an offset brickwork layout. So if you want the durability and style of ceramics with half the grief, American Olean's StileLock is a lock for you.