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Difference visually between 1/8 and 3/16 grout joints?

Posted by joep_2009 (My Page) on
Thu, Feb 25, 10 at 16:08

We're thinking 1/8 but the installer is suggesting 3/16 tile spacers. Is there a noticeable difference? The recommended grout joint for our tile is 3-4 mm (1/8) but if there isn't a lot of difference, we would just go with what the installer is comfortable with.

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RE: Difference visually between 1/8 and 3/16 grout joints?

1/8th will give you a cleaner looking the floor. Is the tile rectified? If so, 1/8th should be a breeze.

If the tile is not rectified, then 3/16ths will give him more play for out of whack tiles, as well as for lippage.

I never use spacers on a floor, I always grid the floor and work off the grid. With non-rectified tiles, the tiles may not be perfectly uniform in size. Slight variations in tile size, coupled with rigid tile spacer, can throw a grout line off a tad over the course of tiling a floor.

And obviously use sanded grout when grouting.

RE: Difference visually between 1/8 and 3/16 grout joints?

You know I think it just might be rectified. I just took out 3 boxes and layed them out. All the tiles are the same size. These are 18x18 but when I measured them they were 17.5x17.5. I believe the rectified ones are usually slightly smaller, am I right?

It's funny if these are indeed rectified. If the salesman had mentioned that, I would have felt much better about what I paid for them.

I'm going to ask for the 1/8th.

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