Edges of Tile Floor

Old 03-05-05, 02:48 PM
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Edges of Tile Floor

I'm getting ready to install a ceramic tile floor in a very small bathroom and was wondering about the edges. on 3 sides of the room there are walls and the last side is a fiberglass shower.

My question is how do I do the edges? Do i leave a grout gap the same size as I am using between the tiles on all edges (both the Shower and Walls) or do I treat them differntly? Gap at the shower and no gap at the walls?

Thanks for the help in advance...

Old 03-05-05, 03:03 PM
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Leave a 1/4" gap at the walls, do not fill with grout. Leave it open if the gap will be covered by base moulding, otherwise, if exposed, fill with caulk in the same color as the grout. Along the shower base leave a 1/8" gap and fill with same caulk.
You want to give the walls some open space for seasonal movement. Butting the tile to the wall or filling the gap with grout does not allow the walls to have the space they need to move. Ccaulk is more flexible and compressible.
Old 03-06-05, 05:34 AM
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Great, thanks for the help!

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