5 Things to Know About Grout for Wood Look Tile
This newer plank style installation does need a bit of an explanation though. Read on for the need-to-know basics.
1. Most wood look floor tile requires a 1/8 or 3/16” grout joint
Check manufacturer recommendations carefully, some tile will require a different grout joint for different layouts (i.e. 1/8 for grid layouts and 3/16 for brick-joint layouts).
2. Rectified tiles allow for the smallest grout joints
3. Tiles over 15 inches—like the planks of your wood floor tiles—are prone to lippage
One key is to make sure that overlap of individual tiles don’t exceed 33% when installed in a brick-joint pattern. Ask your installer about it if you have questions.
4. Pick a grout color that blends with your tile
Ask a Daltile representative to help you select a grout color that will blend the floor into perfect harmony. A grout that stands out against the tile might detract from that continuous feel you’re going for.
5. FIND THE RIGHT GROUT COLOR FOR TILE WITH HIGH VARIATION
One of the most exciting developments in wood-look tile is the reclaimed style now available. The variation in color and grain is amazingly life-like. With so many shades in your tile, how do you pick the best grout?
Match your grout to the darkest color in your wood look floor tile. Over time, the grout will naturally darken with the wear and tear of everyday traffic. Darker grout tends to hide this. Plus it won’t draw attention to itself set against your tile.
With a little planning, you can have a beautiful, long-lasting floor that looks just like wood.