Are you thinking about a makeover or upgrade for your kitchen or bath? If so, below, we have some essential and specific points about the grout that you choose. Grout will divide and frame the tiles. Grout also bonds tiles together and makes it stronger and helps to prevent cracking and chips. So, your grout choice will affect the overlook of the project. To help you make the right decision, here is everything you need to know!
Epoxy or Cement Grout
Epoxy grout is more difficult to install and often more expensive, but it is more durable and stain-resistant. Cement grout is the least expensive, most commonly used, and widely available.
Grout Sanded or Smooth Finish
When you add sand to the grout, it makes the grout stronger and more resistant to cracks and chips. The smooth finish will not contain sand and is considered less durable.
Kitchens and baths are generally high-traffic zones and prone to water and moisture. These rooms see more wear and tear than living rooms and bedrooms. We recommend sealing your tile so that it lasts longer and protects the grout from looking dirty.
Regarding the completed look of the finished project, the grout color you choose will impact the look of the entire project or draw attention to the individual tiles. We recommend getting samples of grout color and tiles. Lay them out on the floor and play with the spacing and various grout colors. If you are building, your contractor can make samples but will charge you. Consider paying a little more for samples to avoid making a mistake.
Neutral-colored grout shows less dirt and does not fade over time from chemical cleaners. Think of light to medium beige, tan or greys as neutral-colored grouts.
Contrasting Color Grout
If you have chosen a tile with an intricate design or multiple colors, consider using a contrasting grout color to draw attention to the individual tiles. If you have a white tile with a dark color grout, the eye is drawn to the individual tile.
If you want a clean, even look, we recommend choosing the grout color to match the tile. This will give the room a complete, solid look while not focusing on an individual tile. Think of a large kitchen or family room for this look.