Do I leave a space between the tiles and the counter top?

Date March 19, 2011

I am about to tile my kitchen backsplash and am wondering if I should leave a space between the counter and the tiles, or do I sit the tiles on the countertop?

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    7 Responses to “Do I leave a space between the tiles and the counter top?”

    1. rvblatz said:

      ,I would not leave a space will not hold up i would sit on counter top use a clear silicone to seal ,water tight

    2. musteatdonut said:

      leave a space to fill in with grout, so all the lines will appear uniform

    3. outg426 said:

      you need to leave a small space. for movement of the counter top. use silicon or caulk in this gap and grout the rest. the silicon or caulk will allow for movement and will not allow the tiles to crack

    4. shadkira said:

      You definitely want a space between the tiles and the counter. It will look better! My opinion anyway…

    5. stevetower said:

      The rule of thumb for setting tile is never put grout between tile meeting at 90 degrees. Leave a space equal to the spacers you are using for setting the field tile and fill that with color matched tile caulking, available at home centers. May need to special order if you have an unusual grout color.

    6. mac12334683 said:

      i am a tile setter by trade, and if you like the look of a space than leave one. but i normaly don’t, it’s easier to keep line level as you go along

    7. amazeingmom said:

      1/8 inch apart

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