home improvement


Question by  sini6a (17)

Should grout be flush with tile?

I am in the process of tiling our bathroom shower and would like to make sure I am doing it right.


Answer by  joeinphilly (388)

Depends on the tile. Tile edges come beveled, square cut, irregular, etc. The grout should be put on the tile and then spread into the lines with a rubber trowel.


Answer by  Deb43 (579)

This is a matter of preference with no right or wrong answer. That being said, since tile is being installed in a bathroom setting in this application, the shower will drain quicker and be easier to clean if the grout is flush with the tile. Be sure to seal the grout to maximize the life of your new tile.


Answer by  turkinforalivin (1279)

Ideally, the grout should be flush with the tile. This provides a much sleeker and professional appearance. It is not required to be this way however, and often times there will be about 1/8" difference in the height of the tile and the grout lines. Just make sure that you seal the grout when tiling a shower.


Answer by  mb (5482)

You want to make sure that at the time of laying the tile the grout is flush with the tile. As the grout dries it will contract slightly and will settle between the tiles.


Answer by  japratt (1687)

The tile should normally be flush with your grout because this would cause everything to end up coming out even.

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