You’ve purchased new tile for your renovation project, and while you think the only important part is over, don’t forget the other key part that literally holds the whole project together—the grout. While at first glance tile grout may seem to be a minor and simplistic detail in the installation process, it actually plays a much bigger role that one might think.
It not only holds the tile together, the right grout can strengthen the display and help avoid chipping and cracking. But before you choose a grout as a quick afterthought, there are some important things to consider that will help you choose the right color.
1.) Types of Grout
Choosing a specific type of grout important and the first thing to consider.
- If you’re using joints that are less than 1/8” thick, it’s best to use unsanded grout.
- If you’re using joints that are 1/8” thick or wider, sanded grout will be your best choice as it’ll hold your tiles together better and will help against cracking.
- If you’re installing in a pool or a place that is constantly exposed to water, consider an epoxy grout. Unlike regular grout, epoxy grout is waterproof and will protect your tile.
2.) Grout Color Choices
Matching: To create a more fluid, seamless look, select a grout that matched your color tile (especially if your tile is one solid color)
Contrast: If you want your tile to pop and stand out, select a contrasting grout color. And if you really want to highlight your new tile, consider using a thicker grout too!
Things to keep in mind:
- White or lighter colored grouts, while a nice choice for an overall clean look, needs to be cleaned more often since dirt and stains will be easier to see. Although if you go that route, make sure you get it sealed in high traffic areas or showers.
- Darker colored grouts do a better job of hiding dirt and discolorations, however, they can fade from direct sunlight. Again, sealing your grout will help protect the color and also protect against mold or mildew in wet spaces.
- To help decide which color of grout will be best, install tile on a piece of plywood with a few different colors of grout. Allow it to properly set, then put it in the room you’re renovating to see how it will look with your lighting. This helps since the colors can look different depending on if the room has flood lighting, natural light or fluorescent lighting.
- Keep in mind that grout can take several days or even a couple weeks to fully cure. It’s important to give it its full time to see the actual color before changing your mind.
3.) Save the Rest of the Tile Grout
- Be sure to keep some extra grout from your project in case of future repairs. But be sure to take note of its expiration date.
So after you make your tile selection, make sure you ask one of our design experts about your best grout options. After all, the right tile grout will make your project look new and beautiful for years to come!
At Avalon Flooring, we want to make sure you’re happy from your first step in our showroom to your first step on your new flooring—and as your partner in home design, we’ll be there every step along the way. Consider us your “One-Stop Shopping” destination for all things flooring…(and window treatments)!
Our design consultants are equipped with the knowledge to guide you through the wide selection of products we offer, and our expert installation team is professionally trained to make sure everything gets installed the way you envision. We know your home is an expression of your sense of style, and we’re here to make sure you’ll be proud of it for years to come.
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