How to Select the Right Grout

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The final thing to decide is grout color. This is where your interior decorator, flooring salesperson, and flooring installer can be of great help.

Most professionals will have a grout kit with them, which has small samples of all the standard grout colors from whichever brand made the grout kit. Grout is normally something that fades into the background, so that the tile can shine. Because of this, it is best to match the grout to one of the main colors in the tile itself, or sometimes to your cabinets or countertops to pull everything together. Lighter colors can look good at first, but more care needs to be taken with them to make sure they stay clean. Standard grouts are porous, and can stain even when sealed if a strong color gets on it and sits unnoticed for a bit. Darker colors will stand up to wear much longer, and matching the grout to the darkest color in the tile is often a safer choice. Also ask your decorator, salesperson and installer about your grout choice. Some grouts have a pink, blue or green tinge that is hard to see until your whole floor is finished.

The two main brands are custom and mapei, and of the two we reccommend custom building products. It can be found at most flooring supply stores, as well as at home depot and other locations. They have different types of grout as well, the standard Polyblend, which is in sanded or unsanded. Polyblend is suitable for almost all residential purposes. Sanded is for grout lines 1/8 of an inch and wider, and unsanded is for under 1/8 of an inch. Tiles that might be scratched by the fine grains of sand such as soft natural stones and glass should have smaller grout lines so that unsanded grout can be used. They also have Prism, which is a premium grout, with a higher color consistency, and better for exterior uses. A third type they sell is FusionPro, a single component grout that is quite expensive, but has a very good feature in that it does not need to be sealed, and has color consistency that matches prism. Please note that often prism and fusionpro need to be ordered in, as they aren't used enough to be kept in stock all the time. Finally there is epoxy grout, which is much more difficult to work with, and only needed in heavy commercial and industrial areas, particularly commercial kitchens and food processing facilities.

Polyblend and Prism grouts can be sealed, but care does need to be taken even when sealed not to let things that may stain it pool and sit. The same is true of all tiles that require sealing.

We hope you found the information here useful. We understand this your flooring is a large and important purchase, and understand the need to get it just perfect. If you have any questions please contact Good Morning Flooring at your convenience.

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