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Custom Building Products SimpleMat 30 sq. ft. Roll of Tile Setting Mat
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SimpleMat 30 sq. ft. Roll of Tile Setting Mat

  • Quickest, easiest, cleanest way to install tile
  • Instand bond and lasting strength
  • No waiting between setting and grouting
$49.97 /each

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Custom Building Products SimpleMat Contractor Roll is the quickest, easiest, and cleanest way to install tile on countertops, backsplashes and shower walls. SimpleMat replaces traditional thinset mortar or mastic adhesive. The adhesive retains its bonding strength for extended periods of time, which means users have the flexibility to tile onto the mat an hour at a time or over several days. SimpleMat bonds instantly so you can start grouting immediately.

  • Used to install tile over countertops, shower walls and backsplashes
  • Adhesive bonds quickly to allow grouting almost immediately after tile installation
  • Covers 30 sq. ft.
  • Requires no mortar or mixing for minimal mess
  • Suitable for interior projects
  • Not for use on floors, on ceilings, shower floors or in areas constantly exposed to water

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what kind of tiles can you use on the simplemat?

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Wisconsin, USA
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April 29, 2015
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Porcelain, ceramic, vinyl, stone, etc... Cannot be smaller than 1"x1" or larger than 8"x8".
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Any.
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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October 23, 2014
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The bigger the tile, the better your results. The material is essentially a bunch of parallel lines of adhesive on a webbed backing. Smaller tiles may not have enough surface area to grip properly. I used 2"x4" tile with incredible results. See my review.
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May 19, 2014
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Ceramic, stone, porcelain.
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Val Verde, CA
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April 25, 2014
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We used porcelain tile. I'd recommend using any type of flat bottomed tile - it works in place of thinset. If the wall or floor is too bumpy or the tile back isn't flat, this won't work.
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Potsdam, NY 13676, USA
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March 18, 2014
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Glass tiles, porcelain, etc. All will adhere to this product.
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February 2, 2014
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We used this to apply mesh-backed pebble to a cement board wall. It holds beautifully. These very heavy tiles went right up and stayed in place on the wall. Just apply with a Very Gentle touch until you have it where you want it. It Really Sticks!
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January 14, 2014
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I would use with nothing larger than a 4x4 or 6x6. I've used before with 12" mesh backed 1" tiles with bad luck. My daughter used smaller tiles & had good luck.
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Minden, LA
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January 8, 2014
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Don't use SimpleMat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! First the tiles stuck as soon as they were placed and could not be moved into place. There were uneven spaces between the tiles because it grabs as soon as you place it. After I grouted it, the grout cracked. I only used SimpleMat on one wall and stopped because it was a mess. I used thin set on the other walls and the grout didn't crack, same grout, same day. Use thin Read More
Don't use SimpleMat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! First the tiles stuck as soon as they were placed and could not be moved into place. There were uneven spaces between the tiles because it grabs as soon as you place it. After I grouted it, the grout cracked. I only used SimpleMat on one wall and stopped because it was a mess. I used thin set on the other walls and the grout didn't crack, same grout, same day. Use thin set, never use SimpleMat there is nothing simple about it. Read Less
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December 8, 2013
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Hi,
I used glass tiles and felt simple mat was good to use because of the smooth flat backsplash surface and the smooth flat surface of the tile. I think it would work just as well with other tile types as long as they were clean and free of dust and dirt.
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December 2, 2013
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It can be used for setting ceramic, porcelain or stone tile larger than 1" x 1" (2.5 x 2.5 cm). Not for use with any tile greater than 8" x 8" or heavier than 5 lbs. If you need further assistance please contact our Installation division at 800.272.8786
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Do I have to grout if it's only being used as a backsplash?

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April 23, 2015
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Yes, you do not want any moisture getting in between the tile this will cause mold to grow.
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January 5, 2016
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Grout helps to bind the tile to the wall
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August 20, 2015
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Yes you do need to grout.
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SLC, UT
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August 9, 2015
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Yes, you have to grout with their specific grout. It dries really quickly and doesn't clean up well. I recommend using traditional mortar and grout.
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Flushing, MI 48433, USA
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August 4, 2015
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Yes, you still want to put some type of grout, even non-sanded, for small joints. This will keep the wall behind dry and any food, dust, grease, etc. from getting inbetween. It also gives your tile that 'finished' look.
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Georgia
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May 5, 2015
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Yes you have to use grout. We used the premixed grout recommended in the Simplemat instructions.
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Wisconsin, USA
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April 29, 2015
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Yes. There will still be gaps between the tiles that the grout must fill. This product only acts as a substitute for the mortar, not grout.
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Castaic, CA
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Yes, you must grout. The Simplemat is used in place of thinset (the stuff that makes the tile stick to the wall). Grout is used to fill in the gaps between the tiles and it adds integrity to the wall, as well as waterproofs it.
Grouting is easy as long as you're not removing old grout - you're not, since it's a new installation. Just make sure you get the correct grout (I think you should use non-sanded Read More
Yes, you must grout. The Simplemat is used in place of thinset (the stuff that makes the tile stick to the wall). Grout is used to fill in the gaps between the tiles and it adds integrity to the wall, as well as waterproofs it.
Grouting is easy as long as you're not removing old grout - you're not, since it's a new installation. Just make sure you get the correct grout (I think you should use non-sanded since it's a backsplash - just double check). You mix the grout, then use a float tool the push the grout into the cracks. After it's slightly dry, you use a grout sponge to remove the excess and fill in the tiny holes. Buff the tiles after they're dry.
If you're using glass tiles, you need to be very careful, because they scratch easily.
Good luck - it's much easier than you think. Read Less
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April 24, 2015
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Yes, the grout is was locks the tile in place. For more information, please contact our technical department at 800 272-8786 option 2.
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April 24, 2015
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That's a great Question Emmakim. Yes you should grout even if this is a back slash. Grout seals and protects your surface from moisture, remember to use unsanded grout on joints less than 1/8''. Hope this helps. Andy
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Can simple mat tile setting mat be used on a ceiling with 4" x 4" tiles?

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August 20, 2015
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Yes, I would think it could be used for this.
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This stuff is strong and adhesive is excellent. However, take in consideration that once you use this product, you will have a very difficult time removing without almost destroying the ceiling.
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Utica, NY
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It says right on the box not to use on ceilings, however, I personally would not use it anywhere.
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Not recommended.
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July 24, 2014
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I have not used the simple mat on a ceiling, but I think it would work well on a ceiling with 4"x4" tiles, especially if your ceiling is fairly flat (i.e., not super textured or rough). Make sure you press out any air bubbles in the mat before you remove the backing, and then make sure you use a soft float to press the tiles onto the mat. I would probably grout right away too. Good luck!
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Sure, as long as the ceiling is smooth, flat and free from grease, dirt, etc. A clean surface is absolutely required, and the tile must be pressed hard and left overnight before grouting.
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May 19, 2014
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I would be hesitant to use this like that. I would not.
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I didn't try it on the ceiling, but it should work fine. The mat works in place of thinset, so I don't see a problem. Just make sure the surface is clean and solid.
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January 13, 2014
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No, the Simple Mat can not be used for ceilings. For more information on your installation, please contact our technical department at (800) 282-8786.
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Can this mat be used to lay tile over tile on a floor?

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Central California
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July 11, 2015
I have tile in my laundry room that is outdated and would love to replace it. If I could tile over tile it would be much easier than to pull up old tile.
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This product cannot be used for high-impact or submerged applications such as floors, shower bases, swimming pools, etc.
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January 5, 2016
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Instructions say not for floor. Maybe because it's thin not giving much strength from the grout
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August 20, 2015
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This product should not be used on a floor, instead remove old tile and use traditional thinset to put down new tile. A suggestion...You could also look at a great product Home Depot carries called Allure that is a floating floor that works in moist areas like a laundry room and would likely go over the old tile...it is very easy to install.
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I wouldn't recommend SimpleMat for this application (new over old). You could use mortar over your old tile but it is always a good idea to remove the old tile first.
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Flushing, MI 48433, USA
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The instructions say it can't be used for floors only walls. The tile will probably still shift and break if you walk on them. Also, I wouldn't recommend tiling over tile on a floor anyway. You start to run into height issues with appliances and doors, etc.
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July 13, 2015
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No, SimpleMat is not recommended for floors or tiling over existing tile. For further information please contact our technical service department at 800 272-8786 option 2.
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July 12, 2015
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Great Question Sarah. Flooring is the one surface not mentioned. I would not advise using it for this. May have to do with traction. Hope this helps.
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Great Question Sarah. Yes, Simple mat can be used over existing tile. The manufacture says this right on the package. Hope this helps.
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Rated 3.2 out of 5 by 135 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Really does work! Thought I would try this as I had read great reviews and I just may be the world's messiest tiling person. I also have a lot of experience tiling floors but not so much for walls and I thought anything that would help me keep the tiles in place would be a plus. It works just as described. You can readjust a tile if you want to, even if you have "set" it. It may not be easy to get it pulled off but it can be done. I think it is an excellent way to tile vertical surfaces especially. The only downside I can think of is it has a slight odor but that may be my overactive nose at work and it dissipates quickly after exposure to air. September 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Awesome Product - Read This Review Regarding Other People's Tiles Falling Off I love this stuff. I know there are a lot of bad reviews about tiles not sticking and falling off the walls, but I have used this a few times around the house and I have had no issues at all. I installed a tile back splash 3 years ago and it is still rock solid. It leaves me to believe that the issue with the tiles are user error. Here are a few tips for a flawless result: 1) Clean the wall prior to putting this stuff on your walls (once it is on...it isn't coming off easy). 2) Roll it on the wall per the instructions, get out all air bubbles and do not expose the adhesive until you are ready to tile on it. Make sure you overlap the seems. 3) Install the tiles and make sure you press firmly on them with the float multiple times throughout the process. The tiles will really stick to the wall, but some will pop out just a little...push them in and put firm pressure on your tile. Once you grout the tiles will not move. 3) After tiling everything GROUT THE SAME DAY!!!!! I cannot stress this enough. If you read everyone's reviews of the tile falling off the wall it is mostly because they waited to grout until the next day and the tiles fell off overnight. Grouting will firm up everything and it will keep the air from potentially drying out the adhesive. The tiles WILL NOT FALL OFF if you press everything firm to the wall and grout immediately after tiling. I hope you enjoy your project! As I said before I have used this a few times and I have had nothing but fantastic results. October 4, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by TILES WILL FALL!!! - WAISTE OF TIME & MONEY!!! - DO NOT USE!!! - TILES WILL FALL!!! My experience was the exact same as many others!!! Everything was dandy until the next morning when going to finish the job. !!!!!!!!! ALL TILES OVER 8" FELL !!!!!!!!! Please take heed, look at my pictures and others!!! We have a smaller kitchen and it took my wife and an entire Saturday (14) hours to hang with this stuff. It looked great and as many others on here I am a perfectionist and laid the tile straight and perfect. Before we could even finish hanging, the tile fell!!! If I good give it a no star I would, same as others July 22, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Do not recommend based on other reviews I bought at the recommendation of the sales person. When I got home I checked reviews online and almost all were negative. It seemed to risky to use so I returned it. I used thinset type adhesive without a problem. They said the adhesive was water soluable and listed specific grouts to use so I didn't know if the normal water based grout I already had would disolve the adhesive. Some people said the tiles fell off when they grouted them. Some people said the tiles fell off after three months. Maybe they were idiots do did not grout the tile within 24 hours as specified. Too risky to use. Seemed like a "as seen on TV likely unreliable product. September 20, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by This product itself is an excellent product for using with backsplashes with glass tiles. I have always used the smaller size (10 sq ft precut) and decided to try the 30 sq ft roll instead to save a little money since I knew I would use at least 3 boxes at 10 ft each. Would not use it again. The roll has grooves which make it hard to get even on wall and deceiving. Because it doesn't have a second backing like the smaller box does it sticks to everything even when you unroll it and it will bounce back and adheres to itself, so then you have to cut it out and waste the piece. Without the second backing it is harder to cut. I have installed at least 5 backsplashes and this type is not worth the little bit you save (and waste) to the smaller box. October 28, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Product worked extremely well on a flat surface. When attempting to use for wall installation is was somewhat challenging. Tile seemed to slide just a little. It could have been due to the size of the tile. Overall wonderful product. October 25, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by worst purchase ever , save your money i bought this because it says i can do it my self , well after an hour it all started peeling off and title got ruined , had to rip all of the product off the wall and the paint on walls was ruined also. waste of money . you will regret it don't buy this product . May 17, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY Purchased this material instead of Muselbond, Big mistake 60% of the mosaic tile fell off the wall. I have been setting tile for over 30 years. this was a simple project that has now turned in to a disaster and now I have lost over $300 dollars of tile and a couple of days labor. I installed the glass tile 2 weeks ago knowing that i would go back and grout it this week end. walked into the bathroom to find 60 % of the tile was laying on the counter and floor. I now have to remove the wall board to get this Junk off the wall and relay all the tile which is a waste of my money and time and has increased the volume of work. this will put me at least a month behind. I will buy Muselbond when i get back to this stage. September 5, 2016
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