Tileworks by Rich

242 Possum Hollow Rd., Bldg 2, Suite 3, Monroe, NJ 08831   |   732.656.1650

Grout 101: Installations and Maintenance

Grout often becomes an afterthought in a bathroom or kitchen remodel where tile is installed. Two of the more important things it does are 1; alter the overall look of your finished product and 2; it plays a major role in the overall longevity and maintenance of your tile. We’re here to help you choose between types of grout and color to give your updated area a complete and beautiful look.

 Types of Grout:

Sanded: This is basically a cement-based grout with sand added to the mixture. The sand creates a bond in the grout making it withstand cracking and shrinking and is most commonly used in joints that are larger than 1/8”.

Unsanded: This is also a cement based grout that just like its name has no sand added. This is ideal for tighter grout joints and has an easier application on vertical surfaces such as shower walls or accent walls.

Fusion Pro: Although a little more expensive of a grout it could be worth it in the long run. This is a relatively new product and it’s coming into the market with a bang. This is a stain resistant single component grout created by Custom Building Products and can be used in commercial and residential projects. There are other similar epoxy grouts but we’ve had the most success with this particular grout.

 

Grout Color:

Grout color is a hard decision since there are an astronomical amount of colors to choose from and how each color will impact the overall design of the tile. It also plays a major role in the maintenance of the grout; darker grouts will be able to hide stains better whereas the lighter grout will show more dirt and stains.

If you want your tile to be the main focus when walking into the room then we would suggest a grout color that matches the tile. A contrasting grout will highlight patterns and decorative walls or areas. Or you can go neutral where it won’t stand out as much as the contrast but won’t take all the glory away from the tile itself.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns or are looking for a professional tile installation with the proper grout give us a call at any time. 732-656-1650.

Rich

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