CHOOSING A GROUT FOR YOUR TILE AND MARBLE
What are the considerations when considering your Tile & Marble Grout Choices?
Grout is so much more than the adhesive that holds down your tile or stonework. It is a design element that has previously been overlooked. When selecting a grout, the two main elements to be considered are the color of the tile or marble, and the best type of grout to use (non-sanded, sanded, or epoxy).
Grout comes in a wide variety of colors. When taking color into consideration, there are three different schools of thought. It is the background color of the materials that is matched, a neutral color, or a contrasting color that is used. Most commonly, a neutral grout color or the background color of the materials are used. This allows for a more timeless, classic design. When a contrasting color is used, it lends itself to a more dramatic effect, and more modern appearance. For example, a bold update for classic materials is to use a darker grout with white subway tile or to define a graphic pattern, such as a herringbone pattern. Another modern design is to use white grout with dark materials.
For grout lines smaller than 1/8” wide, non-sanded grout has been specifically formulated. Non-sanded grout is the least expensive option and is more adherent, making it an excellent application for bathroom walls and backsplashes. On the other hand, sanded grout should be used in grout lines 1/8” wide or greater. The sand in the grout prevents shrinkage and the grout pulling away from the materials. However, the sand may scratch polished stones while being applied. Epoxy grout, the most expensive alternative, is waterproof, stain-resistant, an most sturdy of all applications. Although, whether sanded or non-sanded, grout can be sealed for better endurance. The correct grout application will elevate your tile or marble to the next level!