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Sappy53

02:46PM | 02/26/07
Member Since: 02/25/07
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We recently layed down granite tile counter tops and feel the grout lines are too wide after using 1/16th spacers. Question is: is it necessary to use spacers at all between tiles or could we just butt them up to each other and use minimal grout between? We were hoping for the look to be closer to solid surface. Help.

Tileguybob

03:32PM | 02/27/07
Member Since: 07/03/05
283 lifetime posts
The spacing between the tiles is at 1/16" but it looks like 1/8" because the tile have a beveled edge that gets filled with grout so it looks wider.

Butting the tile is not a good idea because the tile will not be tight no matter what you think it looks like and there will be room enough for mold and bacteria to fester if crumbs, chicken juice, soda, etc gets down there, which it will, guaranteed. The grout needs a 1/16" space to get a foothold so it wont crack out. If there isnt enough space all you are doing is applying a thin veneer coat of grout which will flake off like paint chips over time.

This is one of the trade offs with using tiles over a slab, much cheaper but you have to live with the grout lines.
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