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How to Choose Grout for Your Tile

Redoing a section of your home’s flooring can give it the instant facelift it needs to make your home your happy place again. Old and worn-down tile is an eyesore even in the most spectacular homes. When you decide to replace your tiles or install brand-new tiling to your home, one underrated decision you’ll make is what grout to go with. Many people fail to consider the way grout can change the appearance of their tile flooring. Check out this guide on how to choose grout for your tile so that it looks seamless in your home.

Decide on the type of grout you’ll use

There are four main types of grout you can choose from. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Weigh these to find the right type of grout for your home and space. Unsanded grout is ideal for grout joints less than 1/8 of an inch wide. It’s most commonly used for wall tiles and for small tiles laid closely together. Finely sanded grout is most often used for floor tiles with joints up to 3/8 of an inch wide. This is one of the most commonly used grouts in bathroom flooring, entryway flooring, and basement or attic tiling. Quarry grout is nearly the same as finely sanded grout, except it looks a bit coarser and more industrial. This is used most often in corporate settings, although it’s gaining popularity in modern industrial homes. Finally, epoxy grout has an epoxy rain and hardener. It’s best for areas that get a lot of use and that are susceptible to stains, such as kitchen flooring, bathroom flooring, and countertops.

Choose a color

Grout color is an often-overlooked essential to consider before you lay your new tiles. For a traditional look, go with a white or beige grout that will go with everything and not draw too much attention. You can also go with a black or brown grout for darker tiles so that the grout doesn’t stand out. A bold color such as gold will draw attention and make your floors look intentionally boisterous and regal. Decide what color and tone you want for your flooring, and ensure it matches and complements your tiles.

Test it first

Lay only a few tiles with the grout at first and let them set for a minute. Look around the room and decide whether you like the grout and tile combination before you proceed to cover your entire floor with it. Tiling is a home improvement project that should last for years, so you’re committing to live with the tile and grout combination for a long time—you should be certain you love it before doing so.

Written by Logan Voss

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