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Doug1 11-17-2006 09:38 PM

Marble Butt Joints
We are closing on our house and paid to have the marble tile in the kitchen, foyer, breakfast nook butt joined (no grout). There is approximately 1/16 of grout between the marble tiles. Is this considered butted or should there be no grout? Is there a minimum amount of grout required in a butt joint? Subfloor is a slab. We are in CA. Are there any rules for these types of joints?


Dave Gobis 11-17-2006 09:46 PM

The joint is a good thing, butted is a bad thing. Looks great when it is put in but after it gets some years on it the edges may spall from natural growth and movement. The joint is your shock absorber.

jadnashua 11-17-2006 09:50 PM

You always need a grout joint for floor tile. Think of it this way, the joint isn't perfect. Spill some milk or beer or wine (not counting the dust/dirt, etc that you'd never get out) down on the floor. You wipe it up as quickly as you can or not, whatever got down between the tile will migrate under the tile. Now you've got a floor that smells like a brewery or puke after things ferment for awhile. Be glad they put in grout!

You will want to put down a good sealer on the whole floor, if it wasn't done.

claycarson 11-17-2006 11:31 PM

I know some people say don't put any grout in a joint like that.

They are maybe thinking it will get dirty, and not look good down the line.

But that type of grout (unsanded) can be pulled out and regrouted if it gets too ugly. So, might as well just grout it and maintain the grout. It will be good for the life of the house, but may need periodic replacement, is all. :tup1:

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