The ins and outs of grout.
Grout is typically mixed on site, but slight color variations can occur within different
areas of the same installation with the same grout color, and can vary from the
manufacturer’s sample you saw in the store.
This can be attributed to variations in temperature and humidity at the time of
grouting and it’s just a fact of life.
It is also common to see grout variations when comparing the grout color in a tile
floor and the same grout color on the tile countertop or wall.
When choosing a grout color you can select a color that blends in with the overall
color of the tile to minimize the appearance of the grout.
Or you can select a grout color that is lighter or darker than the tile.
If the tile is installed in a high traffic area then you may want to select a darker
Exact layouts, type of grout and grout joints widths are determined by the tile
setter at the time of installation and are governed by the actual size and shape
of the tile, and the exact dimensions of the areas to be covered.
Once the tile has been laid and grouted, it is your responsibility to maintain all
caulked areas to guard against water damage. Grout may also darken over time in
areas with heavy water use.
Also, changes of season can cause surfaces adjoining the tile to expand and contract,
causing the grout to crack and separate.
A word or two about subfloors.
No subfloors are perfectly level. So, you may hear hollow sounds where your subfloor’s
surface dips and ridges.
Be assured that this does not affect the integrity or installation of the ceramic
tile. Hollow sounds are normal and are not considered a product or installation
Get on top of the bottom line. Know the entire cost of ownership.
The “cost per square foot” of your ceramic floor is just one component
of the entire project cost. To ensure there are no surprises, and the ceramic you
select fits within your overall project budget, be sure to ask us to calculate the
total cost of your floor covering project.
Here’s a list of potential additional expenses you may incur:
- Furniture removal/replacement.
- Demolition/disposal of old floor covering. Depending on the existing floor covering,
this can be an expensive item; also, be sure to include the cost to dispose of the
old floor covering.
- Subfloor preparation. Depending on the condition of the subfloor, it may require
- Product delivery.
- Installation. Determine the cost per square foot to install it.
- Materials required to complete the installation. Your new floor may require additional
materials to install it properly.
Also, don’t forget to ask the retailer and consult the manufacturer’s
warranty and care guide for directions on how frequently your floor should be cleaned
and the cost to clean it.
There’s a lot to know and consider before buying your ceramic tile floor,
but it’s well worth the effort.
If you’re a smart and knowledgeable ceramic tile shopper it will put us in
fine spirits. And, hopefully, put your home into showcase status.