Grout lines?

Gingersnaps17July 17, 2014

Hi, I just redid my bathroom. Floor tiles (non-rectified porcelain) are 16" x 16", set in a diamond pattern. Small area. I'm guessing 3' x 5'? Floor guy didn't ask about the grout width beforehand. He did it 6/16" (!). This is the hugest grout line I've ever seen. I don't even see them that big in public spaces, indoors or out!

I asked him to redo at 1/8" or 3/16" at most (at my cost). He said I'd be making a mistake, as I live in an old building with old subfloors and such a "small" grout line would crack out over time.

He used sanded grout.

Opinions appreciated.


This post was edited by Gingersnaps17 on Thu, Jul 17, 14 at 20:08

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3/8" (or 6/16") is really huge. I don't understand why smaller grout lines would crack more easily than wider ones. Presumably your old subfloor was suitable for a tile floor or he wouldn't have put one down, right?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 9:37PM
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Your post made me go measure the grout lines in my bathrooms. Geeze, I have to get a life! But surprise, surprise both of my bathrooms have 3/8 " grout lines. My MB tiles are 18 x18. I really don't think the grout lines look bad.

Post a picture of yours for comparison. Maybe mine do look bad but I certainly would never have them ripped out for 2/8 of an inch. Honestly, no one will ever look at your tile and say the grout lines are too big

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 12:08AM
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I just measured my new floor and the grout lines are 1/8". In my other bathroom, done in 2005, they are 1/4" and seem huge in comparison. Both are 12x12 tiles. I think 3/8" would seem gigantic.

Badgergal, your grout lines don't look that big. I think the blendy color helps.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 1:26AM
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Hi, here 'tis. My tiles are similar to Badgergal's, but my grout looks bigger than hers. Maybe because I took a photo closer to the ground? For reference, the wall grout lines are 1/8".

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 10:18AM
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I honestly think it looks fine (and I'm one who specified the grout line width for my backsplash). Will you be putting a mat or two on the floor? If so, you won't see as many of the lines.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 11:02AM
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Thanks! It's a tiny floor space as is. There'll be mat outside the tub/shower (when I need it). That's it. The wide grout lines would bother me less if there were more floor space.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 11:17AM
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If the floor space were larger, it might have bothered me less.

This post was edited by Gingersnaps17 on Fri, Jul 18, 14 at 11:21

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 11:19AM
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Personally I think it looks fine and would look funny if it were 1/8" in width. Just my opinion though.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 1:05PM
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