Its Time to Grout: Helpful Tips for Choosing Your Best Option
So you’ve found the perfect tile. It’s just right; it’s just what you’ve been looking for forever, and now its time to install it. But there’s a little more to it; you’ve got to grout that tile… and there are so many choices! Where to begin?
Here’s some information we think you’ll find helpful in selecting grout for your modwalls® tile.
Options: Sanded Grout, Non-Sanded Grout and Urethane Grout
Step one is figuring out which type of grout will be best for your installation. Urethane grout, like modwalls® Starglass Grout, is a unique option that is suitable for any installation with any of modwalls® tiles & more.
Here are some general rules to follow when choosing grout:
- If you have tile with grout spacing of 1/8” or more, you need to use a sanded grout or a urethane grout like StarGlass. Modwalls® Cork Penny tiles and some of Modwalls® ModRocks™ Natural Pebble tiles require the use of sanded or urethane grout.
- If your tile’s grout width is between 1/16” and 1/8” (like all of modwalls® glass tile lines including Brio®, Lush® and Viridian™ tiles and our ModDotz™ Porcelain Penny Rounds), you can use any option, sanded, non-sanded grout or urethane; it’s up to you. Sanded grout and urethane grouts are more durable and if your tile will be installed in a wet area like a shower or a pool, or on a floor, then you definitely should use sanded or urethane grout.
- If your tile’s grout width is less than 1/16”, like modwalls® Stainless Steel tile, you should use non-sanded grout or a urethane grout like StarGlass grout, which is specially designed for use with metal and glass tiles.
Note: Sanded grout WILL NOT scratch glass tile! So rest easy and don’t let that scare ya.
Urethane grout like modwalls® StarGlass grout is a top notch option and we highly recommend it over any other option, hands down. If you choose to go with another option though, keep in mind that sanded grout is generally more durable, so modwalls® recommends it over non-sanded grout for most installations. Other than durability, the main difference between sanded and non-sanded grout is that sanded grout has a sanded, textured appearance and non-sanded grout has a smoother, more matte and flat finish.
Grout Sealer: When Do You Need It?
Typically it’s not your tile that’s difficult to keep clean, it’s the grout spacing between it.
Urethane grouts, like Starglass Grout, and epoxy grouts, have grout sealing agents in them that will protect your grout color without you having to take any extra steps. Most sanded and non-sanded grouts don’t though, and you may want to purchase a grout sealer.
Here are some examples of when you MUST seal your grout or use a urethane or epoxy grout:
- When installing tile in a wet area.
- If you’re concerned about staining, mildew or mold. Urethane and epoxy grouts will protect your tile from issues like these.
There are different kinds of sealers; some are applied only to the grout and some are applied over tile and grout. The Custom Building Products website has some helpful information about different grout sealers: http://www.custombuildingproducts.com/ResourceLibrary/amiresources/aquamixsurfacefinder/groutproducts/surfacefinder_grout_sealers.aspx?user=diy&lang=en
Most sealers are applied over both tile and grout and will not stain glass, porcelain, or glazed ceramic tile.
Why StarGlass Urethane Grout?
Yes, we play favorites when it comes to grout, and that’s because we know we’ve got the best option out there. Modwalls® StarGlass grout is composed of post-consumer recycled glass, emits little to no VOCs, and eliminates jobsite waste. It’s long lasting, easy-to-use formula provides unmatched stain resistance, ultimate color consistency, crack resistant flexibility, mold and mildew protection, and UV stability. These features and benefits are sure to minimize life cycle costs and provide a translucent, three-dimensional, reflective appearance that you can enjoy for years to come.
Modwalls® is proud to carry StarGlass grout. It’s made from recycled glass dust, pre-mixed and stored in a re-sealable container. The waterproof, stain-proof formula won’t crack or break over time. And since it’s made from recycled glass it truly sparkles.
The Fun Part: Color!
Gone are the days of all white grout all the time; today there are lots of grout color options and they can really change the look and feel of your installation. Modwalls® stocks 15 shades of StarGlass Grout, so there’s no need to feel limited!
In general, we suggest that you avoid a stark contrast between the color of your tile and the color of your grout, so we recommend choosing a grout color that is as close to the color of your tile as possible.
Consider the look and feel of the room… do you want one color to dominate? Then you might consider grouting your tile that color.
If you have a blend, think about which color you want to stand out the most, and opt for a grout that is similar in color.
These are just suggestions… you could also do something different like this customer did with our 3×6 Dune tile and a blue/gray grout that coordinates with the cobalt countertops. Stunning!
So get creative with your grout, and make that tile installation sing!
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