Your grout matters. It’s the unsung hero of your tile floor and a key component to completing your tile project. When selecting the right grout for you, you’ll want to keep in mind two things: type and colour.
WHAT IS GROUT?
It is simply a form of filling which you see in between two pieces of tile. Grout is used to seal and strengthen your tile layout. Very often builders overlook this aspect which results in your tiles becoming loose or even breaking. A good grout not only adds strength and consistency to your tile layout it also gives it a great look.
We’ll walk you through the basics of selecting the right type of grout to make your life with tiles even simple.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF GROUT?
There are two kinds of grout to choose from, traditional cement-based grout and pre-mixed grout. When deciding between these two options, consider ease of use, application, and joint size.
Traditional Cement Grout
Traditional cement is the most commonly used grout, mainly because of its attractive price tag.
You can find cement-based grout in sanded or unsanded options. Deciding between sanded or unsanded cement grout depends on the material and space between your tiles, also known as joint size. If the joint size is larger than one-eighth of an inch, you’ll want sanded cement grout. If the joint size is smaller than one-eighth of an inch, unsanded is the way to go.
If you’re looking for a ready-to-use grout, pre-mixed is your best option. Pre-mixed grout can be used right out of the container and doesn’t require sealing. It’s colour consistent, stain and crack-resistant, and easy-to-clean. It also installs three times faster than traditional grout.
The colour of your grout adds to the final look and feel of your project, so you’ll want to consider the overall design of your room when contemplating colour choices. The grout colour can either be complementary or contrasting to your tile.
A complementary grout colour allows your tile to be the centre of attention. It either closely matches or is neutral enough to blend in with the colour of your wall or floor. This type of colour combination is very common in the newer constructions. It helps give a more even look and is easier on the eyes.
For a more dramatic statement, choose a grout colour that contrasts with the colour of your tile – for example, black grout with white tile. Contrasting tile and grout colours help to highlight the pattern of your product.
Grout is the finishing touch that’s not only required but necessary to tie your tile look together. If you’re still unsure as to which grout is right for you, let us help. Visit us in-store, and one of our associates will guide you to the correct choice.