You’ve been working for months to find the perfect tile for your project. Now that that you have it checked off of your list, you think you’re done. But then you remember that you have to pick out grout too! This can become a bit overwhelming, so here are a few things to consider when choosing trying to decide on joint size, color, and type of grout you will use.
So, what is the grout joint size? It is simply the space or distance between each tile. Although there is no standard width used for every tile, there are factors that determine whether you should go wide or narrow. The first determining factor is how the tile was manufactured. If the tile is “rectified”, or cut into an exact rectangle, it will have the ability to be installed with a smaller grout joint. If the tile is “pressed”, a wider grout joint will be required. Once you know your options, you can then chose a final grout width based on look you are trying to achieve. Generally speaking, the smaller the grout joint, the more the focus moves to the tile. Keep in mind that a really narrow grout joint can also highlight imperfections in the installation. If you are working on a DIY project, you may want to use a slightly wider grout joint to help hide any unevenness. Shop Mapei Grout
The shade you choose depends on the tile color and the statement you want to produce in your space. If you are trying to make the grout disappear, chose a color that blends in. The best option is to find the base color of the tile and match to it. If you are installing your tile in a pattern and want to draw attention to it, pick a contrasting hue. If your project is a commercial space or high traffic area, try using a darker grout color. It will help hide staining and reduce the creation of traffic patterns. Grout can be difficult to clean, as anyone with white grout in a bathroom can tell you, so be sure to think before you buy! Shop Laticrete Grout
You will want to make sure you have the appropriate grout before installing. Cement based grout has the most the most common choice among homeowners for many years. However, Epoxy and Urethane grouts have made many advances in the past years and are a great option. They will be slightly more expensive and require more attention when installing, but they are much more resistant to stains and damage from water and chemicals. Urethane grouts are also superior options for bathrooms and showers, as they do not require any sealant after install.
Next, you will need to select between sanded or unsanded grout. It is common misconception that sanded grout should always be used on the floor, while unsanded is used on walls. This can be the case, but it is not true 100% of the time. So, how do you know? If your grout joint is smaller than 1/8 inch (on the floor or wall), you will need to use unsanded grout. The main exception to this is glass tile. This is because sanded grout can scratch the surface of the glass. The good news is, there is grout made specifically for glass tile.
Now that you’re ready to begin your install and grout your new tile, check out our pattern ideas or blog for different inspirations. Please contact one of our product specialist with any questions!