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Old 10-03-2007, 06:23 PM   #1
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Grout space between tiles - 1/4" or 3/8"

Is the grout space for looks only?

I am debating 1/4" versus 3/8" spacing. Is there a right amount of spacing?
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Old 10-03-2007, 06:31 PM   #2
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Evan, use whatever floats your boat. Grout width varies anywhere from 1/16" (or less) up to 1/2" or more, but 1/4" and 3/8" are probably the most common. Note that irregularity of tile size may limit how narrow you can go, but 1/4" and larger should work with darn near anything.

whoops: meant to say 1/4" and 3/16" are most common.

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Old 10-03-2007, 06:32 PM   #3
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Aesthetics is one thing but there are also general guidelines based on the size, type and consistency (squareness, edge imperfections, thickness, bevels, crowns, etc.) of the tile.
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What kind and size of tile are you doing? I haven't used a grout line bigger than 3/16" in well over five years.


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Old 10-03-2007, 10:41 PM   #5
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Can we ask what size tiles you are planing on and if you have a pattern in mind?

Or if you have multiple-sized tiles for your pattern....if so, you might be (depends on pattern) bound by the math-work that determines the grout width for you. If this is the case, tell us what you have and we'll talk you through it.

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Old 10-06-2007, 12:32 PM   #6
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I am using three differnet size tiles. 8in sq, 8 x 16 in, and 16 in sq. The pattern is complicated.

I went with 1/4 inch spacing because the tile sizes were 1/8 shorter in the 8 in direction.

Thanks to everyone for their input.
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