Can I place ceramic tile without space between them (no grout)?

novicehomeimprovMarch 1, 2009

I am planning on laying tile and like the look of tile with out any space between them (hate the look of grout). I plan on staggering the design so straight lines are not a huge issuee.

Can I lay ceramic tile with out any space between them? If not, what type of tile or stone can this effect be best done with?

Thank you so much in advance for all comments!

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mongoct

It's best to have some grout, as not all tiles are perfectly sized.

Your best bet for minimal grout joints will be by using a rectified tile.

In a zero grout layout, or even with a 1/16' grout joint, any deviations in tile size will throw your pattern off as you move across the floor.

Minimal or zero grout lines will also accentuate any lippage between adjacent tiles.

Mongo

    Bookmark   March 1, 2009 at 8:04PM
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flooring_advice

I agree with the previous poster. I would add; If you your tile installation is purely decorative in nature and not a wet area then arguably it does not require grout. There are several companies who sell decorative mosaics that are not meant to be grouted in by design. If your tile is being installed in a wet area or it is used as flooring, you should use a minimal grout joint and use an unsanded grout.

Here is a link that might be useful: Great Western Flooring

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 3:43PM
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harmon_2008

Grout is important.When grout does its job  locking tiles tight, keeping out water, and giving floors and walls a finished look  nobody pays much attention. It's only when grout fails, becoming stained, cracked, or falling out altogether, that people take notice.

But grout deserves more respect. "Not only does grout fill the voids, it makes the floor, wall, or countertop stronger by bonding the tiles together and preventing the edges of a tile from chipping and cracking.
Cicliot

    Bookmark   March 3, 2009 at 1:35AM
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