When installing tiles, the most satisfying part of finishing the job is grouting. Grouting is the process of waterproofing the gaps in between tiles on your floors. For ceramic tiles, grout is a cement-based bonding material used for filling the joints between them.
The grout joint between the tiles is usually porous and needs to be sealed properly to prevent damage and discoloration. When you protect your tiles properly, it will be resistant to staining, be easier to clean, and maintain hygiene in your home.
Before you go running to the stores to pick up grout for your new ceramic tile flooring installation project to be completed, do your homework. There are different types of grout for ceramic tiles according to the width of the grout joint.
These fall into four basic types of grout:
- Finely sanded grout – Used for floor tiles where the joints are 1/8” to 3/8” wide.
- Unsanded grout – Used only for wall tiles where the grout joint is less than 1/8” wide.
- Quarry grout – The same as finely sanded grout except that a coarser grade of sand is used. Used for joints that are 3/8” to 1/2” wide.
- Epoxy grout – This consists of an epoxy resin and hardener. Used ideally for countertops and areas susceptible to stains.
Now that you know the types of grouts that are available, you won’t be in a state of confusion when you go to the stores. However, there are some more important things to keep in mind when choosing the right grout for your kitchen ceramic tile flooring or bathroom ceramic tile flooring.
- The wider the joint, the coarser the sand needs to be as it prevents the grout from shrinking and cracking.
- Grout comes in a wide variety of pre-mixed colors, so you can use this to your advantage and create very different looks with colors.
The standard grout joint size for floor tiles is 1/4” wide and 1/16” for walls.
By considering the overall durability of the floor, which includes colourfastness, longevity and ease of maintenance, the enhancements that tiles offer to the kitchen space are many. There are some really innovative and unique ways to use a tile in your kitchen design.
There are certain properties that you need to consider to ensure a viable kitchen environment. These properties include stain resistance, chemical resistance and anti-bacterial properties. Tiles wondrously offer the functionality that is needed to protect kitchen walls. They are durable, easy to maintain and with the seemingly unlimited tile line available these days, there is a specific product for every design style.
1)A Unique Backsplash
Tile backsplash offers a signature design characteristic to the kitchen as the tiles add depth and life to the space by allowing bold lines that are hard to ignore. For a relaxed atmosphere and to add elegance to a space with a muted palette, we would suggest tiles from a decorative pattern inspired from yesteryear brick design, geometric patterns and warm colours inspired by corrosion.
2) Personality For The Island
Get creative by tiling the sides or front of your kitchen island. This idea will accentuate your glazed ceramic tile flooring and add some character to your space. Why not match the tiles on your island to the tiles in your backsplash or go for something completely different and add a pop of colour to your space? Whether the tile you choose for your island is rustic and textured or simply smooth and contemporary, this idea will definitely add warmth to your kitchen.
3) A Menu Board
Let’s move beyond Indian bathroom designs or marble bathroom tiles or even marble kitchen tiles and ideas for the same, and try something new! Tiles can be used as a writing board as they are easy to clean with a single swipe. They can act as a weekly planner that is both practical and charming. This is a great way to create shopping lists and jot down.
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