Tile layout and spacers question

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Morning All ,

I am going to be tiling above my kitchen worktop , but have a question with regards to the spacing and finish point of the tiles ( I have read the sticky on the forum and searched but cannot find an answer to my question).

I am going to be using 20 x 10 cm tiles with 2 mm spacers and wanted to fit a 600 mm x 500 mm glass splash back behind the gas hob.

I want to finish of the top of the tiles with L shaped flat chrome trim.

My questions are:

1. with the spacers included the finish point up the wall of the tiles will be 510 mm, that is 5 courses of complete tiles (is that correct?)

2. How do I accommodate the 10 mm height increase for the tiles finishing point with regards to the glass splash back ? a 10 mm gap seams large at either the top or the bottom. Do I centralise the splash back to leave a 5 mm gap top and bottom and silicone the gaps (or silicone the bottom and grout the top.

3. or do I cut the top run of tiles to 90 mm and butt up to the tile trim to leave the finishing height at 500 mm

The kitchen is U shaped and incorporates a window reveal.

Many thanks in advance for any replies and advise it is very much appreciated.

Glenn
 
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1) 5 rows of tiles at 100mm plus 2mm spacers would equal 508mm, you would not put spacers below the first row.
2) The correct way would be to cut 4mm off both bottom and top tile, but as it is only 8mm, you could take 8mm off either.
3) I assume you are running trim over both tile and splash back. So fit you splash back first, then that will give you a line/level to finish at.
Pre-plan the area, by setting out your tile measurements first, to make sure it is going to workout, before fixing any tiles.
 
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I would always have a spacer gap between tiles and worktop, this would then be siliconed
 
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In my opinion it creates a gap to deal with any movement, which is fairly important.

The silicone actually goes in to a gap, rather than just sitting on 2 surfaces, therefore provides a much better seal.

Also, if the worktops aren't level, you have some wiggle room by moving tiles up or down slightly if needed. The levels can obviously be checked before tiling commences.
 
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Thanks all for your responses ,

I was going to post the same regarding a 2 mm gap at the bottom, which is then sealed with silicone later.

This was why I originally put the finished height as 510 mm not 508 mm.

The tiles are bevelled on all edges , so Ideally I would only want to be trimming down one tile if possible.

Also does the fact that the tiles are bevelled make it harder to cut them with a standard Manual tile cutter ? Any tips on cutting this style of tile would be greatly appreciated

Thanks again for all your help.

Glenn
 
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