Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 11
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by csff Great tiles, with a few caveats
These tile are absolutely gorgeous. Though they were not meant to be grouted, I read several reviews by customers who grouted them anyway, and were happy with the results. So I did that, and the floor spectacular! Even my installer was impressed by the finished product. With the grout, they don't look like cheap vinyl tiles at all, but a much more expensive product
There are some issues, however, so I'm going to provide clear details on those for prospective customers:
Color: tiles vary greatly in color, as you'd expect from slate. most are some combination of copper browns and shades of grey. Overall, it's a 50-50 mix, with great variance from tile to tile. There are also some tiles that have no grey at all, and are completely reddish brown, or golden brown with splotches of darker brown. Some have a deeper cool red, almost a hint of burgandy. And then there are tiles that are almost completely charcoal grey, with maybe a tiny splotch of brown in one corner. Overall, there are at least a dozen different tile designs, with variations within each design.
The catch is, there's no telling what tiles any one box will contain. My first box had four tile designs:red, gold, mostly grey, and 50/50. my second box was one third gold tiles, with many other designs in rust and grey. I had one box where every tile was mostly grey, with 9 tiles that were just dark grey with a tiny bit of rust in one corner. And in one box all the tiles had really pale greys, that didn't seem to go with the other tiles.
....so I unloaded all 360 tiles for my project, sorted them by design, and then mixed them up as i laid them down. the result was gorgeous. But if i had just laid one box after the other, i would have had one dark grey part of the floor, one golden part, etc. Just disastrous.
So: if you are doing a small job, buy your tiles individually and pick out the colors you want. That avoids the problem another reviewer noted, of too much gray. If you want tiles that are predominantly grey , choose those. I'd do that for a larger job too, but if you don't want to do that, make sure you unpack *all* your tiles in advance so you can get a consistent assortment.
I will provide a picture of two boxes of copper/grey tiles. The numbers on the stickers show how many of each tile were in the box. Note that in one box, nearly all the tiles were one of just three patterns.
Grout: I was advised not to grout these, as 2mm tiles are too shallow to grout. Originally I was going to put them over my existing vinyl, and my installer was very worried about grout sticking properly. Then we stripped off the top layer of vinyl. The layer under it had been treated with a leveling compound and had a textured surface. My installer used regular grout and it worked like a dream. So....I strongly recommend if you grout this stuff over vinyl, you take the time to rough up the floor a bit, so the grout has something to hang onto.
The result was spectacular, and looks very expensive. Even my previously dubious installer said he was really glad we'd grouted it. Unfortunately, my pictures of the finished floor are loading upside down and I don't know how to fix that. Sorry
For tile pattern, I just varied the colors, making sure there were no obvious repeats near each other. With a dozen different designs, each of which can be turned four ways, it's not hard to do, you just have to be careful.
So...those are my purchasing and grouting notes. As you can see from my pics, the finished product is really beautiful.
Hope that helps someone :-)
PS my pictures are loading upside down. I don't see any way on the ipad to fix that. sorry
March 5, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MoodyMe Really nice result
We just finished installing 5 boxes of this tile in our kitchen and so far, we are extremely pleased.
The worst part of our job was removing the previous vinyl tile floor which was tearing in spots. I hope none of you EVER have to remove a vinyl floor and the residual glue---I wouldn't wish that project on my worst enemy. But once we had the subflooring prepped to go, installation of these tiles was very easy.
Other reviewers have commented on the range of colors that you may get in a box. The instructions suggest that you get all of your boxes from the same production run (info found on the box label) to keep your colors and patterns consistent. We bought 4 boxes originally with the same Run #s but wound up needing a 5th box and when we returned to the store, a whole new batch of boxes had been stocked with new Run #s. We didn't sweat it and just purchased what they had figuring we'd use those tiles for underneath the fridge and around the edges if needed. Even with the different tile lots, we don't see a noticeable difference. There are a few spots where we ended up with large grey patterns but I don't mind that. I think it makes the floor look more slate-like.
We didn't use grout. Just installed according to the instructions but laying out your tiles ahead of installation does allow you to move any tiles that look out of place. I think this is a great product--just hope it stands up to the test of time.
December 4, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by KCinCO Attractive and Easy to Install but ....
I am very pleased with the overall look of these vinyl tiles. I have a few installation tips however.
(1) Consider using additional adhesive. I am finding tiles are lifting around the edges and I have to squeeze Gorilla glue underneath to get them to stick. It could just be due to my existing floor surface.
(2) Do not make the contact too tight around the baseboard/walls. I think I forced some tile edges too tight up against the walls and they buckled up. Again, I had to use glue to keep them in place.
(3) Do not be averse to using the vinyl tile grout. It helps cover imperfections at the seams.
(4) Use a heavy roller after installation, as suggested by the manufacturer. The rolling pin solution or just body weight doesn't provide enough force to really push the adhesive into uneven surfaces of the existing surface.
August 16, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DSMW Csff CORRECTION to her review, as Home Depot does not allow for editing of info
Grout update: Information I gave is incorrect on certain points, as we learned after my review was written. The grout needed for vinyl tiles is made specifically for vinyl tiles, and says that on the label; regular grout won’t work. Home Depot doesn’t sell vinyl grout, in store or online, so we had to get it at Lowe’s, Blue Hawk brand. (HD people tried to point us to things they did sell, hence the initial confusion.). The result is highly flexible, even when the floor beneath the tiles flexes it all holds together beautifully. The grout bonds directly to vinyl, so if you are laying tiles over a vinyl floor there is no reason to prep the surface, and if it doesn’t come in the color you want, colorants are sold that can be applied to it later.
Wanted to make sure that got posted here so no one bought the wrong stuff.
Guests who have commented on the new floor all thought the tiles were stone or ceramic. It’s wearing beautifully and looks much more expensive than it was.
Turns out there are 2mm tiles that are officially “groutable”, the only difference being that the edges are rounded to look like ceramic. If you don’t care about that aesthetically, there’s no practical reason these tiles can’t be grouted.
May 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TileMom Just what I wanted!
My nearby stores didn't carry this pattern so I took a field trip and it was surely worth it. Gorgeous in person, of course installs easily. Just lovely!
September 3, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by meryhomemaker Great for DIY
This flooring has been in the kitchen of my rental property now for 3 years and still looks great!! I have received many complements and would highly recommend this tile to first time DIYers.
September 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Stallworth EXCELLENT!
We are so happy with our choice of this tile! It looks awesome in our kitchen and hallway. The installer was very impressed with the quality of the material and the ease of installation! This is one the best purchases we've made at Home Depot.
April 8, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LoriTheAuthor Great Quality, Particularly Given the Price
I use this flooring in bathrooms at my rental properties. It's easy to work with, looks like a high end floor, and is easy to clean. Everyone loves it. I like the fact that if necessary, I can change out one tile. It's pretty sticky, but I've occasionally used a seam glue here and there to prevent lifting in high traffic corners.
December 27, 2014