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Old 02-13-2007, 06:01 PM   #1
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Granite tile countertop without groutlines?

A lot of people have concerns with grout lines in Granite tile countertops. It seems to keep so many from getting them. Can a granite tile countertop be done without grout lines? Could apoxy or apoxy grout be used? How could I remove that concern from the minds of customers?
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Old 02-13-2007, 06:29 PM   #2
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I had asked this same question when we were debating to use granite tile or slab. I was told by several different "experts" you could use sandless grout if you had no groutlines. But never heard of possibly using caulking or anything like that.

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Old 02-13-2007, 06:35 PM   #3
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Hi there, welcome to the site. I wouldn't butt them, leave atleast a 1/16" for the grout to get into the cracks otherwise if you butt them, the grout has nothing to bond to. Not to mention it's not a good idea.
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Old 02-13-2007, 06:43 PM   #4
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Yeah it is best to have some space for the grout to get in and bond. What I was wondering is if the joints could be filled with some sort of apoxy and then polished flush so there is a seamless look to the finished product? Also, (even though granite can stain also) people are concerned about "having to clean" grout lines. Could whatever granite fabricators use to apoxy seams on slab counter tops be used to take care of the "seams" in granite tile countertops? Hook me up please!
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Old 02-13-2007, 08:30 PM   #5
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I wouldn't think so even on solid surface you can see the seams plain as day.
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:05 PM   #6
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Hey MGB, I'm speaking out of NON experience here so listen to the pros. However, if the akemi sticks to a slab of granite then it will stick to a tile of granite. The only problem I would see is the slabs are squeezed together by two opposing suction cups to pull the stones together to eliminate as much gap as possible. Pulling granite tiles would be tedious as well as impractical. I guess you could just fill the gaps without pulling, but what are you achieving then? I say try it on a practice board and let us know what happens.
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Old 02-14-2007, 10:35 AM   #7
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I have to throw in what realators have to say about granite tile countertops. When they walk in and see that, the value they put on the house goes way down. To a potential buyer that indicates a DIY'er and a red flag goes up. It can be the best job in the world, but slab granite in a kitchen is what they expect. "if they did this, where else did they cut corners" We rip out two to three tile tops a year in a kitchen. New homeowners hate them.
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Old 02-15-2007, 08:48 AM   #8
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i was thinking about this the other day. i suspect it works best with dark tiles with little or no variation in color, like absolute black. if you laid the tiles as if you were to grout them with a 1/16" joint, the akemi'd the lines, you might get a reassonably flush seam that matches.
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Old 02-15-2007, 04:35 PM   #9
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Hi all,

Yes you could use epoxy or polyester resin, the reality is this though, the time and cost associated with doing it not to mention the expertise necessary to polish the counters smooth would not be a cost effective option compared to purchasing slab material.

Doable but not easy nor inexpensive.
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