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The type, style, size, and color of the tile you choose will set the stage for your new flooring project; but what goes underneath and on top of your tile to protect it is vital to the life of your floors. When speaking with a retail or installation professional, be sure to discuss the options you have for your tile. Below are some of the products often used with tile.
Grout is an essential element of tile flooring. It's used to fill tile joints and is applied after the tile is laid. Grout can have a strong impact on the appearance of your tile depending on color and the amount of grout between tile. There are two basic types of grout used in tile projects:
There are other grouts used such as Latex Modified Grout which is the same as sanded grout but also contains a latex polymer which provides additional water resistance and bonding.
Epoxy grout is both stain and water resistant so it's perfect for wet areas like kitchens, baths and outdoor areas. However, it is very expensive and requires a professional installation.
The color of your grout is almost as important as the color of your tile. Different grout colors will produce completely different looks even when the same tile is used. Choosing a neutral color grout will produce a subtle look and a thicker grout will produce a more prominent look.
Before sealing your tile flooring, it is essential to understand that tile and grout are sealed using different sealers.