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Joseph
Tiling a backsplash question.

We have a granite counter top in our kitchen and we want to install a tile backsplash from the counter top up to the bottom of the cabinets. When laying the first course of tile up from the counter top do we leave a grout space or do we lay the tile right on the counter top?

bp21901
Re: Tiling a backsplash question.

Leave a space and use color matched caulk instead of grout.

Beer Belly
Re: Tiling a backsplash question.

I agree.....Caulk instead of Grout....there is a Caulk that looks like Grout. Also, if using porous Stone for a Backsplash, you should seal before Grouting so it doesn't stain

germangress
Re: Tiling a backsplash question.

Hello,
I have the same problem. I tiled my backsplash and the grout between countertop and backsplash is beginning to crack. The grout color is a special one (butter creme) from Lowe's. Is it possible to match the caulk with the grout color? Where can I buy colored caulk?
Thanks

havanagranite
Re: Tiling a backsplash question.
germangress wrote:

Hello,
I have the same problem. I tiled my backsplash and the grout between countertop and backsplash is beginning to crack. The grout color is a special one (butter creme) from Lowe's. Is it possible to match the caulk with the grout color? Where can I buy colored caulk?
Thanks

some hardware stores (or check paint centers) can make caulk for you. what you would do is take them something that is the same color and they mix up a small container of paint then use that to mix the caulk. the only problem is this type of caulk is usually a little thinner than regular caulk so it doesn't work well for wider areas. but for your application it should work fine.

ladyrulz
Tiling a backsplash question.

Always leave space between the counter & splash. This takes care of any expansion & contraction when it is caulked. You can purchase caulk in any grout color. You just need to know the grout brand, color name, color number and whether it's sanded, or unsanded (order from tile store). Always keep the left over caulk for touch-up later.

germangress
Re: Tiling a backsplash question.

Hello,

I bought some colored caulk at the hardware store it worked out pretty well. Thanks for the recommendation.

havanagranite
Re: Tiling a backsplash question.

glad it all worked out well for you, and thanks for letting us know:)

germangress
Re: Tiling a backsplash question.

I have also some pictures from our new kitchen. We just need some new light fixtures and we would like to tile the floor as well.

btthor
Re: Tiling a backsplash question.

I just tiled my backsplash, but haven't got to the grouting yet. Then I came across this thread. It appears I goofed and didn't leave a gap between the bottom of the tiles and the top of the countertop. Anyone have experience doing this that didn't result in later issues? I understand the expansion concern, but I wonder how much the counters or cabinets will actually flex. It would be pretty tough to go back now try and resolve.

germangress
Re: Tiling a backsplash question.

My gap was also very little. That was the reason when someone was leaning on the countertop the grout cracked between the wall and the tiles. I used the color matched caulk instead of grout between the countertop and the tiles. And it works pretty good. No problems so far and no cracks. We live in Ohio and we have hot summer and cold winter and the expansion - if any - did not result in any cracks of the caulk. you can see in the pictures that the tiles almost sits on the countertop...I hope that I do not have problems later because as you mentioned to go back it is almost impossible.

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