Rated 3.4 out of 5Â by 41
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Jamie Simple, easy and not messy at all!
The Simplemat roll "Simplified" our project. The ease of tiling was made that much more doable. We thought to ourselves, why did we wait so long? The no mess, easy stick on was a deal breaker- I can't wait for my next project!
May 20, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by BSLR Seemed like a great idea, but did not quite come through
The Simple Mat was certainly tempting. I did a kitchen backsplash (~25 square feet) and loved the idea of skipping the mortar and being able to grout on the same day. Just stick it on the wall, peel off the backing and stick your tiles. I bought the roll, which proved a bit difficult to cut to size. I found a razor knife worked much better than scissors, which kept sticking to the mesh. Would purchase the sheets if I used it again. The backing is very sticky and stuck well to the wall--no problems there. I used a 12 x 12 mesh square of 2 x 3 subway tiles. I was careful to make sure my tiles were clean and dry before placing them and I used a float to press them firmly against the Simple Mat. I removed the backing as I went to help avoid any dust getting on the Mat before the tiles were one. Anywhere I used a full mat of tiles they stayed up OK, for the most part (some sagging tiles here and there). But where I had to place individual tiles about 1 in 7-8 did not stay up, particularly the smaller pieces at the edges. Same problem with the decorative bead pieces. I ended up using construction adhesive to hold those to the mat. After grouting, everything seems to be OK, but I am concerned about the longevity. Had it not been midnight, I probably would have pulled it all down and redone the job with mortar instead. I would have much greater piece of mind about the backsplash staying up long term, and honestly, I don't think it would have added much time overall.
August 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by AverageDude Great product! real time saver
The simple mat is just that SIMPLE. Using this product creates several advantages over the traditional thin set installation.
1) By using the simple mat, you can install the simple mat on the wall minutes/hours/days before you actually install the tile. Whatever your schedule permits. You peel the backing off the simple mat and stick the mat to the wall. Then, when you are ready to install the tile, you pull the protective cover off the front of the mat and you are ready to stick the tile. You can do it section by section or the whole job at once, whatever makes you feel comfortable
2)It greatly decreases the mess when installing the tile. There is no need for thin set, so no thin set mud landing on your countertop as you are installing the backsplash.
3) If you install a tile and it looks a little "crooked", you can reposition the tile so it is straight.
4) The other obvious advantage to the simple mat is the time savings. Just peel and stick!
5) Finally, simple mat lasts. I have jobs that I did years ago that still look like new.
July 10, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Salex Fast, easy tile installation
This is a quick, fairly easy way to do a complete tile job in a short time. I typically use traditional mortar for tile, but I needed to do a small vanity backsplash and I wanted it done yesterday, so I decided to try SimpleMat to get it done in one work session. The hardest part was unrolling/trimming the adhesive in preparation for tiling, just because it is very sticky and you need to keep it completely unrolled so it doesn't stick to itself. I adhered the mat to a 4" tall synthetic backsplash, topped with a custom plywood filler that I used to build a small shelf behind my vanity (I custom made a vanity that is deeper than a standard top so I had some extra room for the shelf). Also, I followed the directions and had all my tiles laid out and cut to size ahead of time. Once the adhesive was trimmed and put in place, it was pretty easy to use a soft grout float to smooth out any air bubbles. Then I just started pressing tiles into place. I used a combination of small mosaic tiles with mesh backing (as narrow as 1/2" but several inches long) and 3"x12" bullnose for the top. It wasn't impossible to nudge tiles into place, or remove and reposition them, but it's not exactly easy and you need to work quickly. Also as suggested, I used the SimpleFix adhesive/caulk for any tiles that weren't making 100% contact with the backsplash surface. As soon as all the tiles were set (using spacers), I removed the spacers, opened the recommended pre-mixed grout and got to work. The next day I removed all the masking tape that was protecting my vanity top and caulked the seams along the walls (see photo - my vanity top is in a recessed niche with walls on both sides).
The finished job looks gorgeous, and the whole process took me about 1-1/2 hours to lay the mat, set tile, and grout, plus another half hour for clean-up and caulk the next day. For bigger jobs or areas subject to more direct use (physical contact and/or moisture), I might still use mortar, but I'm glad I was able to finish this small job in no time flat.
July 24, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Rick Kitchen Backsplash
Used this product on my backsplash. Because we ran out of time due to a wedding our kitchen remodel was left to not remove the laminate (formica) backsplash until after the wedding while the cabinets, floors walll, etc were already complete. I used Simple Mat to install 4" x 12" glass tiles as well as accents of 1/2" and 1-1/2" smaller glass tiles. What I learned: Need 2 people to spread the Simple Mat if you are rolling it out for a length because of its stickiness. If there are any imperfections in your wall like buldges or dips smaller tiles would be better when using the product because the simple mat does not allow for filling the voids like tile mortar. Had 2 tiles fall off the next day due to a dip in the wall but just added some new simple mat to the area and restuck the tile and it held. Grouted "all" the next day and a week later its all still on the wall and the project came out great. It is a great fast solution to having to tear out the laminate, put up rock board and then having to mortar each tile and then wait to grout. I was leary at first but decide that I have nothing to loose but some tiles and my time. Hopefully 5 years from today it will all still be on the wall!
December 8, 2013