Building or remodeling your home is a fantastic experience. Getting to carefully choose what you want to put in your house is so exciting. The experience can also be overwhelming! There are so many decisions to be made. You do not want to choose the wrong color or item because you will have to live with your choice for a long time. One of the choices that catches homeowners by surprise is selecting grout color to go with your tile. There are thousands of tile choices to think about. You finally pick out your tile and are ready to move on to the next item when you are told now you have to pick out grout color. Let’s walk through some of the important things to think about regarding grout color.
Sanded VS Unsanded Grout
First, what is grout? Grout is the material that fills in the gaps between the tiles to make it look finished, keeps moisture from getting beneath the tiles, and protects your tile from damage. Grout can come sanded or unsanded. Tile manufacturers typically recommend unsanded grout for stone tiles and sanded grout for most other installations. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation.
How to Choose Grout Color
Once you know what type of grout is the best for your project, you need to pick out a color. You will need to decide if you want your grout to match your tile, complement your tile, or contrast your tile. Choosing coordinating grout typically will make your area feel larger. Selecting a contrasting color of grout will make your pattern in the grout stand out more and make your tile look busier. Lighter grout color will definitely to be cleaned more often. Darker grout will help reduce the appearance of stains. Only you will know what grout color is best for your home.
Grout Line Size
Next you will decide how thick of a grout line that you want to have between your tiles. It is typically recommended that grout lines be between 1/8 and ½ inch wide. Even though those measurements do not sound terribly different from each other, the difference between those measurements in your grout can make an impact.
After having your tile, grout, and grout width determined you are ready for installation. Deciding on whether to install the tile yourself or hire a professional can be a tough decision. Many home improvement stores offer classes on tile installation if you are thinking about doing it yourself. Whatever decision you make, do not forget the important step of sealing your grout once the tile and grout are completely installed. Sealing the grout helps reduce stains. The sealant will protect your grout from getting permanently stained. You will want to make sure that you reseal the grout periodically as well. This is an easy step with a lasting impact!
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When you have completed your flooring project you will want to keep it beautiful and clean so that you can thoroughly enjoy your home. Mopping your tile and grout should be a routine part of your cleaning schedule. Silver State Floor Restoration offers tile and grout cleaning services. Using our professional services will help give your tile and grout that extra sparkle! And if you choose a grout color you aren’t happy with, know that we also offer grout recoloring with 100 colors available as well as application of a high quality sealer to protect the grout from dirt & stains. Give us a call today to set up your appointment.