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How Do I Choose the Best Porcelain Tile Grout?

Epoxy and furan grout can withstand many types of chemicals that my be present in commercial buildings or workshops.
Cement-based grout is typically easier to install than other types.
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Whether you are installing porcelain tile on your own or having it professionally done, you will need to choose grout to go with it. The main types include cement-based, which is inexpensive, as well as furan and epoxy, both of which are costly but resistant to chemicals. You will also need to choose the shade of the porcelain tile grout, keeping in mind that lighter colors are more likely to become stained over time. Of course, you will need to decide whether you want the grout to match the tile or contrast with it before you choose the color, as well.

One of the most important decisions in this process is the type of porcelain tile grout that you will use. The cement-based kind is typically the most popular since it is usually inexpensive and easy to apply; so select this kind if you consider yourself the average homeowner. On the other hand, if you are installing tile in a business or workshop where chemicals may be present, you should consider either epoxy or furan grout, as both are resistant to many chemicals. Of course, they are also among the more expensive types, and can often be difficult to find. Keep in mind that each one is resistant to different chemicals, so make note of the kinds that will likely come in contact with the tile before you decide on the grout.

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The next choice should be whether to get light or dark porcelain tile grout, as each one has its own advantages. You should consider the fact that light grout tends to get dirty more easily than dark grout, which means that putting it in areas of the home that get a lot of foot traffic may not be wise. Additionally, white porcelain tile grout tends to become yellow in wet areas, such as bathrooms, so consider darker grout in such parts of the home. Of course, you should also be aware that dark grout tends to show up on tile easier than light grout, often making it difficult to clean after applying.

Now that you know the practical aspects of choosing a shade for porcelain tile grout, you should consider the general appearance of the various color choices. For example, you should note that dark grout tends to draw more attention to the tile design than light grout does, so if you have a particularly interesting tile pattern, choosing dark grout is often wise. You should also decide if you want the grout color to match the tile or contrast with it, keeping in mind that the latter choice often provides a more dramatic look for the home.

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