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Unread 07-01-2009, 11:26 PM   #1
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1/4 x 1/4 marble mosaic tile lippage/butt seam issues

High-End custom home where we just installed 7/16" x 7/16" mosaic tile floor in a guest suite. Sunlight comes into the room from an angle which really emphasizes even the slightest amount of lippage and the butt seams between the sheeted 12x12 mosaic tiles. Were left scratching our heads as to what to do to resolve the problem without ripping it all out and trying again. In order to get proper thinset coverage we trowel the floor and backbutter the tile and slowly & carefully set the tile with our levels, look and feel for any lippage and move on to the next tile. But no matter how careful we are we do get some very minor lippage and as I said earlier when you step back and look at the installed mosaic tiles from a distance of 10-15' you can see where a lot of the tiles butt up to one another. The thin layer of dust that sits atop the tile just seems to make things stand out even more. These visible butt seams seem to be a bigger issue to the designer than any minor lippage but were at a loss as to how to eliminate the problem with this type of mosaic tile. Damn frustrating because we think the floor looks teriffic, not perfect but really well done in our opinion.

This is a good client / contractor of ours and want to come up with a solution but were at a loss as to how we can resolve the problem in an equitable manner for us and the customer. Should we consider sanding/honing the top of the tiles to all but eliminate the lippage & butt seams?

Will this even work ?

We welcome your input, tips / tricks and possible solutions as this is a new one on us and the designer is of course being somewhat anal in our opinion but the contractor wants to keep her happy, so were willing to do what we need to do to keep everyone happy.

Thank you all in advance for your input.....


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