The majority wall, countertop or floor tiles need tile grout; Grouting tile does the remarkable job of holding the tiles in place and sealing the gaps between them.
Grouting tile helps to create a robust and watertight surface for your new wall tile installation, floor tile installation or your newly installed bathroom or kitchen countertops.
And it doesn't matter if your grouting tile on a vertical or horizontal surface they are both grouted and sealed pretty much the same.
There was a time where cement gray was the only color available for grouting tile, And surprisingly it remains one of the most frequent choices.
Nowadays manufacturers offer dozens of beautiful vibrant colors for grouting tile. And these beautifully colored grouts are becoming even more popular, to suit whatever your style of tiling may be.
* When Grouting tile of colorful hues, White tile grout works perfect for making their tones appear richer as it highlights the arrangement.
* When Grouting tile for a wall tile installation, floor tile installation or installing kitchen or bathroom countertop tiles, Using a tile grout that matches the tiles is perfect for a novice tiler. Grouting tile this way leaves room for even the slightest slip-ups because it makes the tile and grout placement a lot less noticeable.
* Grouting tile with gray grout work well when installing countertop tiles or a wall or floor tile installation using such tiles as Slate. These type of tiles can have a lot of color variation within each tile, And the gray grout works as the perfect go-between for this style.
Spacers are great tile setting tools. They perform the important task of determining how wide or thin your grout lines will be. They also assure that your grout lines are neat, even and consistent in size. Spacers come in a variety of sizes, So depending on the size tile spacer you choose it determines the width of your grout lines. And it works the same for your new wall tile installation, floor tile installation or the installation of your countertop tiles.
The width of your grout lines profoundly affects your finished tiling project.
Traditionally grout lines were 1/4 to 1/2 inch in thickness, But with most tiles, you can use much narrower grout tile lines. Depending on the look you want, you can use grout lines as thin as 1/16 of an inch.
The smaller the grout lines, the sleeker look.
Grout lines thinner than 1/8 inch requires unsanded grout, which is grout without sand in it. Unsanded grout is harder to work with than sanded grout, But it is very practical to want to keep your grout lines to a minimum because grout is the most challenging part of a tile job to maintain.
Installing and sealing grout in the proper way including sealing grout again every couple of years can make your grout last a lifetime.
The grout must be sealed because the grout is usually even more porous than the tile it's surrounding, making it very prone to stains, erosion, and chipping.
Not all tiles require sealing, but unless you're using an Epoxy grout, and in most cases, you won't, Even if your tiles don't need to be sealed, you'll still need to do the tedious task of sealing grout.
Keep in mind if you don't do the tedious work of sealing grout now, sooner or later you'll run into the more challenging work of replacing grout.
You want to ensure that your grout is cured before you seal it. So wait three weeks after installing your tiles, before you seal the grout.
When it comes to grout, not all grout is created equal. Epoxy grout is harder than standard grout.
Epoxy grout is resin activated with a hardener, it is extremely durable, and a lot less likely to corrode. And you won't have to perform the task of sealing grout, because Epoxy grout is resistant to stains, so it never needs sealing, But it does make for a more challenging grouting job and the cost is higher than that of standard grouts.
Epoxy tile grout isn't right for all tiling projects; You cannot use Epoxy grout with some stone tiles, but it is suitable to use with Terrazzo tile.
When Epoxy grout can be used it's a great option for tiling areas that receive hard wear or are prone to dampness. These areas include floor tiles, countertop tiles or bathroom shower tile.