are reflooring our entryway and hall with ceramic floor tile. We want to create
a "seamless" look with the ceramic tiles. As a result, we want to set the tiles
as close together as possible. The ceramic floor tiles are 12"x12" tiles and we
are planning to place them in a subway pattern.
My question to you is what is the minimum spacing we should use between the
ceramic floor tiles? I read that you don't like to use more than a 1/4" spacing,
and I agree. But can we use even less?
Answer: Personally, I
like to see 1/4" spacing between large ceramic floor tiles such as 12" x 12".
Proportionally I believe it is more eye appealing. In addition, having a
slightly wider grout seam helps insure the grout seam stays in place.
If you are compelled to have a narrower grout line for larger ceramic floor
tiles, I would
suggest having a minimum tile spacing of no less than 3/16th of an
inch. Any narrower and you may run into problems with your grout lines.
Ceramic tiles typically have some dimensional variation. If the grout lines
are too narrow these variations may show up by either having effectively
non-existing grout lines, or skips in grout lines, on some sections of the
finished ceramic tile floor surface.
In addition, it is best to have some grout
penetrate down in between the tiles to help create a better bond. Grout that
is effectively just laying on top of the bevel ceramic tile edge is more
susceptible to cracking / breaking away from the tile.
For a more specific answer with your particular ceramic tile choice I would
also suggest contacting the tile manufacturer and ask for their
In order to maintain a consistent and proper tile spacing
there are number of removable tile spacer products on the market today that you
They are simply installed between ceramic tiles while installing the ceramic
tiles. Once the ceramic tiles have set up, you can simply remove the tile
spacers and grout. Removable tile spacers are available in a number of widths
including 1/8", 3/16", 1/4" and 3/8".
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