Tool Guy raises some very good points. The Snap Stone is limited to three colors and one size at present. It is also more expensive than the Edge crap.
BTW- I researched and found Edge went bankrupt (Chapter 7 - liquidation) November 30, 2007. They claim a soft housing market. Yeah right!
That's only part of it. I guess they left a lot of us holding the bag while they slipped through the edge tile cracks!
I also went to Menard's last night. They have a video kiosk that shows three 300 pound weights revolving on a turret they claim has gone 4500 revolutions over a circular path on their (Snap Stone) tile and not at the strongest point in the tile (if there is one). They claim no damage. They say nothing about a direct impact like a pan dropping on the floor.
The material CLEARLY looks superior to Edge tile. For one it is thicker (they claim 75%) than other tiles. It is one square foot, not the two square foot tile bonded to a high density fiber piece of laminate.
The tiles are permanently attached to a plastic substrate that supports the entire tile, The tile also attaches which tongues and grooves on all 4 sides unlike the edge junk. It the worse happens and a tile needs to be removed, it will have to be chipped out (like traditional tile) of the tray and a new one glue in, or the floor may be able to be "unzipped" to get at the defective piece.
The grout seems more traditional. This is a second generation or later improvement in that product. It is applied like traditional grout with a rubber float pushed into the grout lines which appear perfect unlike the edge sruff which was inconsistent. The grout comes in a pail. It has some flexible properties to it. They say it requires no sealing after the fact.
i can understand that traditional tiling is an art among others. I can see the enormous pride a tile pro could have doing a job creatively as well as done well. They should be proud.
I would also ask one to consider the carpenter. Used to be they did everything with a hammer and nails. How many would do their job today with out a pneumatic nailer or other time-saving tool(s)?
I guess that is how an amateur tiler (like me) looks at the situation. The pros are used to mortar, cement board, mortar, scribing lines, setting tile, adding spacers, mixing up grount, applying grount, wiping down the tiles, then sealing them. Oh and the various segments of time to wait in between the process. And then there is all the tools involved as well.
With Snap Stone, the only "specialized" tools are the traditional wet saw and the rubber grout float that are required.
Please do not misunderstand. I am in NO WAY speaking against the traditional method or those who are wonderfully masterful at their trade and there are many of you!
I am looking for professional opinions and those from people who have used the snap stone first hand. I read dozens of disappointing letters from Edge consumers and I can say first hand using the stuff, it was a good idea but very VERY poorly executed.
The Snap Stone looks much better from an engineered viewpoint. They also appear to be much more open about the testing of their product.
A gentleman from the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) posted here and said they have received no reports one way or the other.
As I stated in my opening thread, I am once bitten, twice shy. However, the product looks (and feels) lightyears ahead of Edge in quality and durability. "Their" tests seem to prove that. This stuff is almost twice the price of Edge. I do not wish to make another costly mistake, in time or material.
But the labor involved (less) and the reduced mess and material factors seem very impressive.
I guess I am looking for some realworld advice as well as users.
Thanks again so very muich to all who have chimed-in so far. I appreciate all of your feedback.