How tight can grout lines be?
Are grout lines or gaps required for expansion with ceramic tiles?
An article I read from a tile master said that grout had two reasons:
The first is that the tiles are not perfectly even, so the grout will help make up for the size mismatch. To check this, place nine tiles close together in a 3 x 3 pattern and see if there are any differences in the dimensions horizontally, vertically, and diagonally.
The second reason was the expansion and slight movement could cause the edges of the tiles to peel or crack if they butted directly against each other.
I don't know if I'm completely convinced of the second reason as I've seen some tile installations that don't have grout lines, especially marble. The first reason is particularly useful for tiles with loose dimensions such as stone tiles. Otherwise, your lines could be uneven.
Here is a link to a really good book by an actual tiling master: http://www.amazon.com/Setting-Tile-Revised-Updated-Homebuilding/dp/1561580805/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450267844&sr = 1 -1 & keywords = setting + tile
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