Has the time come to renovate your home and put in new flooring, and you've decided to install tile? If so, you likely have the following questions about using the material.
What Color Grout Do You Use?
The type of grout that you put between the tiles can drastically change the look. Some people prefer to pick a color that is very similar to the tile, which reduces the appearance of grout lines. Meanwhile, others prefer a contrasting color that emphasizes the shape of the tile. It's really a personal choice, with both types having their own advantages. For example, if you select a dark grout color, it is going to hide all of the dirt that can get on the surface of the grout over time.
Should A Certain Type Of Tile Go In The Bathroom?
A bathroom should have tile that has texture to it in order to prevent you from slipping on a wet surface when you step out of the shower. If you pick a natural stone tile it is going to provide more slip resistance compared to tile that has a smooth surface. In addition, smaller tiles that have grout between them can help provide slip resistance as well. Porcelain tiles are going to be weather resistant and dense, which is due to the manufacturing process of the tiles with them being baked at a higher temperature. This makes porcelain a great choice for a bathroom that will see water on the surface frequently.
Does The Grout Always Need To Be Sealed?
Grout sealant is going to be necessary in any situation where moisture can get into the grout, since it will improve the longevity of the material. The sealer creates a protective barrier on top of the grout that will prevent it from getting damaged or stained over time. You may want to put sealant on the grout in flooring where you have high traffic, large grout between the tiles, or where water can get on the floor.
What Are Rectified Tiles?
Wondering what it means to see tiles that are advertised as being rectified? This is the process where every tile piece will be the exact same size due to grinding the edges after they are cooked. This prevents tiles from being slightly different sizes, and gives the tiles a more uniform look once they are on the floor and have grout between them.
Reach out to a flooring expert if you have more questions about tile floors.