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Old 09-22-2008, 10:07 AM   #1
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I'm assisting someone install a shower, it's ceramic tile and I'm wondering if he can caulk the floor instead of grouting it. It's been water proofed with a membrane, just curious if that can be done.

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can it be done...SURE! Should it be done, NO.

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what can happen if it's done?
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It's just not the right material for the job. It won't make the floor come up, and yes it will probably look ok for a while...but it should be grouted for durability.
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Grouting is not difficult. All you need is a big sponge, a grout float, and a 5 gallon bucket of water.

Caulking instead of grouting is not an acceptible practice, and will look like hell within weeks. It'll kill whatever value the tile might have added to the home as well.

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Is there an addative that you can put in with the grout to make it more waterproof?
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All right KC, why not get to the point?!?!?!?

About the best you can do is seal the area. Tile and grout is not intended to be water proof, resistant at best. When you mix the grout you can put a latex additive which makes the grout less susceptible to cracking and stain resistant. But not water proof
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The Tile Council of North America recommends that "All changes in plane be caulked". That's the way it has been for a long time now.

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