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Proper Grout Spacing for Tile

A common question that comes up for a beginner tiler is trying to determine the correct grout spacing for tile.

It all boils down to how the tiles you want to be spaced. Of course, with mosaic tiles, the spaces are determined already for you via the mesh backing. In this post, I will briefly go over the types of grouts, as well as what space to use.

In terms of measurement, grout is spaced as little as 1/16" and can go up to 1/2". Anything smaller or larger can give you issues further down the road with cracking and failure for the grout to work properly.

Ultimately, unless you have mosaic tile (because the space is already determined), you can decide what grout spacing you like. 

Except for mosaics, which typically (not always though) are spaced at 1/8", you can choose any size...there is no right or wrong way. Just make sure it doesn't go smaller than 1/16" or larger than 1/2".

Tiles are installed by using grout spacers available in various sizes (shown below), so you can get the best look for them.

With that said, there are general guidelines when it comes to the proper grout for the right space. For any joints smaller than 1/8", you will want to use non-sanded grout.

This is because non-sanded grout can get into the thinner cracks, and is ideal for glass or high gloss tile that you don't want to get scratched. 

For any joints that are thicker than 1/8", you will need to use sanded grout. That is because the sand in it holds up better for those wider joints, allowing for it expand and contract better than non-sanded grouts.

You usually find thinner grout joints for smaller tiles on walls and countertops. With wider grout joints, they are typically used on floor with large tiles. 

As long as you follow these rules with spacing, you are now ready to grout. To read more about that, please click here. Be aware that some grouts, like epoxy based ones, may need you to practice on some tiles if you aren't familiar with using the products.

Lastly, and not least, sealing your grout and tile is very important as well. To read more, click here.

And as always, let us know if you have any questions regarding tile installation.


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Posted 2015-06-06T17:25:08+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL Joseph_HD_ATL