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 you might think.
Not only does it hold the tile together, but the right tile grout can both strengthen the display and help avoid chipping and cracking. But before you make your grout choice a quick afterthought, there are some important things to consider that will help you choose the best tile grout for your new floor.
1.) Types of Tile Grout
Choosing the correct type of tile grout is 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.) Best Tile Grout Color Choices
Matching: To create a more fluid, seamless look, select a grout that matches 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 when choosing tile grout:
- 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. Additionally, if you go that route, make sure you get the grout 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, as tile grout won’t last forever.
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!