Grout or caulk seam between floor tile and fireplace?


Old 01-06-09, 03:58 PM
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Grout or caulk seam between floor tile and fireplace?

I have laid ceramic floor tile on my concrete basement floor, including around the brick fireplace hearth. Should I grout or caulk the gap between the tile and the brick hearth? Floor is stable, there is no crack around the concrete and the brick/mortar (floor is 20yrs old) and I'm thinking I'd like to grout it, but uncertain if an expansion/contraction issue exists between a hearth and a floor that precludes grouting...
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Old 01-06-09, 04:16 PM
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Well, you will get some people that say to caulk it, others grout it. I say grout it.

If it starts cracking there, replace it with caulk. I'm very messy with a caulking gun, so I always like to grout where I wouldn't see problems.
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Im one of those people thatll tell you to caulk it. The tile installation needs room to move around the perimeter and grout up against the hearth will prevent that from happening.
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