Great Tips for Choosing Tile Grout from Apartment Therapy
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Grout helps determine the functionality and durability of a tiled floor, especially in bathrooms and kitchens, which are often high-traffic rooms that are exposed to a lot of moisture and mess. But grout also plays a key aesthetic role; the color of grout will determine whether the eye is drawn to the beauty of the individual tiles or to the overall pattern and sequencing of the tiles across the surface.
What are some key considerations when selecting grout?
1) Choosing Type of Grout:Cement vs. Epoxy:Cement-based grout, most commonly Portland grout, is the cheapest, most commonly used, and most widely available kind of grout. Epoxy and Furan grouts are pricier, harder to find and more difficult to install. But they are more durable, and offer greater resistance to stains, water damage and damage by chemicals found in household cleaners. We'll make your grout look like new at the Best Tile and Grout Cleaner in Broomfield, CO 80020, by cleaning it with steam!2) Sanded vs. Unsanded:Adding sand to grout makes it more resistant to cracking or shrinking. Sanded grout should be used if the spaces between the tiles (known as joints) are greater than 1/8 inch.
3) Sealing Grout: This is particularly important with light-colored grout and for floors in high-traffic and moisture-prone areas. This Old House recommends using the more breathable "penetrating" sealers instead of “membrane-forming” sealers, which are more likely to peel or cloud up with trapped moisture. We can reseal your grout after cleaning with premium grout sealer at the Best Tile and Grout Cleaner in Broomfield, CO 80020.
4) Selecting Grout ColorExperts recommend choosing several color samples and spacing them around and in between your tile sample. You could also have your contractor mock up some sample tile-grout combinations, which will cost extra but will help you avoid even costlier mistakes. The Grout Selector Tool is also a great way to try out different color combos.