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Unread 02-06-2006, 11:31 AM   #1
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No grout tile

I am looking to remodel my bathroom and I want to use wall/floor tile such as a Travertine but I am looking to get away from using grout. So the tiles will be butted right up next to each other. Can Travertine be set like this or is there a better tile or something to do this with?

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Unread 02-06-2006, 12:04 PM   #2
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Everyone hates grout.

But, try as you might, there is no way that you can butt all of those tiles tightly together. The tile sizes are not perfect, and just a grain of sand from the thinset that gets between two tiles will result in a gap.

Then, all kinds of things that are much worse than grout will wind up in the spaces. Besides, the closer the tiles are, the worse the lippage problem (adjacent tiles that are not at the exact same height) becomes.

The newer grouts, which are just about all latex modified, are pretty good. When properly sealed, they are even better. If you want to move up a notch, you could try a product like Custom's Prism (see link to the right), which is more color-consistent, and less likely to stain.
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Unread 02-06-2006, 02:02 PM   #3
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Jeff has it right.
Don't try and butt you tile up tight. Even a 1/16" space it ok
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Unread 02-06-2006, 02:26 PM   #4
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I was walking through Lowes last week and noticed a large display that said something like "real ceramic no-mess click together tile". No idea what it actually is but perhaps that's a way you can avoid grout.

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Unread 02-06-2006, 03:00 PM   #5
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I can't remember the name of those tiles but we have heard many negatives about them. Sonebody will be along who remembers there is a long thread about them.
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Unread 02-06-2006, 03:26 PM   #6
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Stay away from Edge

You are thinking of Edge Precision Tile. I have attached a link to page 23 of a thread full of horror stories regarding that tile. After reading a couple of pages, I think you'll forget about using that product.

http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/...ght=edge+tiles
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Unread 02-06-2006, 03:42 PM   #7
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Then what is it I see in many homes, marble, where I don't see any grout lines.
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Unread 02-06-2006, 05:50 PM   #9
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If you choose a close match on the grout, it is not very visible. Stone tile typically has a very small micro bevel on the edge. Most tile has a much more rounded edge. On a rounded edge, the grout line is both usually larger and the grout flares out a little onto the tile, making it look larger. On most stone tile either 1/16" or even 1/32" grout line is used. There is almost no grout that shows.
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