Grout offers various important advantages:
It gives your floor or wall a fresh completed appearance. It helps to hold soil and trash back from getting in the middle and under your tile. It gives inflexibility and solidarity to the tile installment. You choose the right grout for the application. Begin by estimating the space between the tiles.
This of course begs the question “Should grout be level with tile?”
Well, if your tiles are square edge the grout should be level with the top of the tile. However, some tiles have an eased or rounded edge. For these the grout should be close to the bottom of the radius.
Which grout is best for my tile?
Safe for most types of stone, ceramic tile, and grout. No-sheen, non-slippery finish. Safe in food-prep areas.
The instructions that come with the grout will give you an idea how long you should wait before removing. If your tiles are square edge the grout should be level with the top of the tile. However, some tiles have an eased or rounded edge. For these the grout should be close to the bottom of the radius.
In terms of the proper fullness of grout joints, ANSI A108.10 is the standard for Installation of Grout in Tilework. A108.10 section 5.3.4 requires that,.
Use a 1-to-1 vinegar and water mixture for both tile and grout cleaning.
More expensive than sanded grout. Less color choices than sanded grout. Slumps when applied to wide seams.
Should grout be flush with tile?
Ideally, the grout should be flush with the tile. This provides a much sleeker and professional appearance. It is not required to be this way however, and often times there will be about 1/8″ difference in the height of the tile and the grout lines.
Does epoxy Grout have to be flush with tile?
When cured, the epoxy grout may have a contoured depression (grout joint) of no greater than 3/64” (1 mm) for a 1/4:” (6mm) wide joint. This means that according to the ASNI epoxy grout standard, the grout will not be flush with the face of the tile.
You want it close to being flush with the tile edges; otherwise, you’ll be able to both see and feel the corners of your tile when you walk over it. A higher-level of grout is also much easier to keep clean than grout lines that fall halfway down the tile.
Generally, a flush joint is desired on any square edged tile (including rectified tile), but the ANSI standard found in A108.10 section 5.3.4 states, “ All grout joints shall be uniformly finished. Cushion edge tile shall be finished evenly to the depth of the cushion.” Can you regrout floor tile 3 times?
Why is the shape of the grout important in a bathroom?
This makes that nice, little concave indent in the grout. The shaping of the grout is important for aesthetic reasons ; you always want grout to fall just a bit below the surface of the tile because the grout is much softer than the tile and needs that added little bit of protection from traffic. Otherwise, it will wear away before its time.