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Avaire Archive 06-24-2009 10:45 AM

Grouting the edge
Author: Jim
Date: 2/19/2009 3:53 pm EDT
When I finish the Avaire floor installation can or should I grout around the edge, next to the wall. I have 4" ceramic tile on the wall so I can't put a quarter round down.

Avaire Archive 06-24-2009 10:46 AM

Author: Journeyman
Date: 2/21/2009 5:05 pm EDT
A tile floor installation should NEVER be grouted at the walls. Tile floors require room for expansion.

In your case the tiles should be cut neatly at the walls leaving a gap of 1/8" to 3/16" and then "caulked" with a grout-matching caulk. Matching caulks (within reason) are available to match most any color grout available.

Avaire Archive 06-24-2009 10:47 AM

Author: Chris
Date: 2/19/2009 5:28 pm EDT
You wont want to grout the edge. But there are many color match caulk options available. Any tile installation (Avaire or traditional tile) should have a perimeter gap to allow movement of the structure.

Avaire Archive 06-24-2009 10:48 AM

Author: Bud
Date: 3/5/2009 5:28 pm EDT
So, do you ever grout along the edge using Avaire tile? I cannot find this explained in the literature.

Avaire Archive 06-24-2009 10:48 AM

Author: Chris
Date: 3/8/2009 4:24 pm EDT
Never and allways, two things that are seldom true, there are situations that in limited areas it wont cause problems if you grout to the edge but it is not recommended to grout the whole perimeter. common sense applies,if you grout one area tight then you have to be dillegent about leaving the other areas clear of grout or other obstrustions.

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