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Unread 05-30-2014, 09:54 AM   #1
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Can this be grouted?

Hi everyone. I will be including a picture of some mosaic tile that will be part of a listello across the shower I am doing. The main shower tile will be porcelain 12 x 12's, the 4" wide listello will run horizontally at mid-height. There is hardly any gap and it is a heavily textured 3D stone mosaic, so I'm thinking is won't be grouted. See pics and let me know what you think.
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Unread 05-30-2014, 10:13 AM   #2
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What does the manufacturer recommend for where that gets installed? I doubt a shower is on the list. Even if it was, I'd strongly encourage a client to choose another option.
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Unread 05-30-2014, 10:42 AM   #3
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On the back of the package it says "adds elegance to kitchens backsplashes tub and shower surrounds pools and spas and many more applications.
At the bottom the disclaimer says buyer must determine suitability and maintainability for any of the material usage.
Homeowner wants it.
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Unread 05-30-2014, 10:47 AM   #4
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The the surround for the tub you were concerned about removing?
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Unread 05-30-2014, 11:27 AM   #5
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Always check with manufacturer if possible, but it looks like no grout to me.
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Unread 05-30-2014, 11:30 AM   #6
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Regardless of what the manufacturer says, I wouldn't put it in a shower. You're going to need a pressure washer just to clean it.
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Unread 05-30-2014, 07:02 PM   #7
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Grouting.....No, I don't think so....
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Unread 05-30-2014, 08:39 PM   #8
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Sure its pretty to look at, but in a shower or any close contact you'll start seeing blood everywhere. Not a good idea.

My advice ; pick another tile.
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Unread 05-30-2014, 09:40 PM   #9
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Well thanks for the input. Homeowner still wants it and when the job is done i will post pics in the hangout so everyone can admire it and rip on it
(CX: same bathroom as the tub removal but this is for the tiled shower)
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Well I guess that's it, if the home owner wants it, then there's no need to Strongly Recommend that they not do it.

What if they wanted 3D tile on the floor? I mean they really want it.

Where would you draw the line? If you really believe its a mistake I'll bet you'll be able to evidence well enough why it's not the right choice that the client will have to agree.

I'd make some fun of it by asking them if you can put them down in your schedule for 24 months from now to replace the shower with something new.
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Using that tile in a shower is a recipe for: mold, a disappointed customer, and perhaps legal action against the professional who installed it.

Sorry to say.

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too late. I already did it and you guys were right.
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But it's ok because even though there were swarms of lawyers, they got sick and died because of all the mold.......
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