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Unread 06-03-2009, 12:53 PM   #1
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Smile Caulk instead of grout on marble backsplash?

Hey all. Long time reader, first time poster.

I've got a kitchen remodel going on where we've selected 3"x6" marble tiles for a backsplash that we're gonna offset in a subway pattern. My wife is determined that somehow I can butt joint it all and not grout. Through all the other threads I've read that's a bad idea.

However, a tile store guy told me I could use caulk as my grout, lining the edges with caulk before setting and smashing the seam together. He said that would allow for expansion/contraction and sealing while faking the grout-less install my wife so desperately desires.

Any comments from the pros on that one? I'd hate to make a decision like this based on one guy's recommendation and regret it 3 years from now.

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Unread 06-03-2009, 01:13 PM   #2
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Welcome to JB forums mcnejef, if that is your real name.

Since you have read threw many threads already discouraging you from butt joining your tiles you can go ahead and add this one to that list.

Don't do it.

Or go ahead and believe "the tile store guy" and do it. He sells the tile so he must know more than those of us who install it.
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Unread 06-03-2009, 01:19 PM   #3
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I don't know why you think that caulk would be easier or look better than grout, but here's an article on why groutless installations are a bad idea.

http://floorelf.com/can-i-install-tile-without-grout
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Unread 06-03-2009, 01:24 PM   #4
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My guess is...

You would most likely regret that a lot sooner than 3 years from now.

Butting tile is a bad idea. You have to have grout lines for many reasons; the most important one, to me, being to keep from chipping and cracking the edges over time.

The caulk thing is a bad idea as well. Don't shop at that tile store any more.

Using a caulk instead of grout will lead to, attraction of a mess, discoloration, and eventual deterioration. And if you ever wanted to repolish the marble, that caulk would be a nightmare.

My suggestion. Use a 1/16" grout joint with a modified non-sanded grout in a color that most closely matches the tile you have. You'll get the look you want and avoid any major problems in the future.
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Unread 06-03-2009, 01:33 PM   #5
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Never said I thought it was a good idea, just checking my facts before the final showdown with the wife...

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Unread 06-03-2009, 01:57 PM   #6
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Sorry if we seem abrasive Jeff.

Most of the guys on here are really the only experts out there and some people let tile sales people's trump the advice they get here. It can be frustrating. Thats all.

Hope you have some good ammo for the wife now.
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