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Grouting Extra Wide Joints

One of the most difficult problems facing homeowners that are remodeling their homes is how to place tile grout in the extra wide joints between tiles to make the project look attractive and complete the project correctly. Grouting extra wide joints is often one of the last steps to be completed in a home improvement project and a sloppy or incorrect job in grouting extra wide joints has the ability to ruin the rest of the project. There are many different factors that can affect the look of the grouting job and each one can greatly affect the finished product of all the hard work that has been put into the project.

Choose The Color Of The Grout Carefully

Grout that has not been colored properly or has been created in the wrong color has the ability to dramatically change the appearance of the finished product. In many cases, the color of the grout between the tiles is chosen to complement or match the color of the tiles. Grout that is the wrong color can clash with the tiles or create a weird color scheme that does not match the rest of the décor.

The color of the grout used when grouting extra wide joints is especially important because the grout is much more exposed and visible. A slight color mistake is also much more noticeable with the extra wide joints because so much of the grout is visible. Many tile manufacturers will list recommended grout colors with their tile colors and many local home improvement store will be able to assist consumers in choosing the proper color.

Thicken The Layer Of Grout

The amount of grout that is present in the extra wide joints also has the ability to affect the appearance of the entire tiling job. Areas with a thicker amount of grout present within the joints will appear darker or more colorful than areas where the grout is thinner where other items, like the color of the wall or of adhesive, can show through. The grout should be applied in an even layer throughout the tiling project so that the appearance of the grout remains consistent throughout all of the tiles.

Many homeowners prefer that the layer of the grout between the tiles is thick enough that it is even with the top of the tile creating a uniform level between the tiles and the grouted joints. Homeowners like this look because the grout does not create valleys between the tiles, making the tiled area easier to clean and inhibiting molds that like to grow in sheltered crevasses. Thicker layers of grout added to tiled showers and bathrooms have the added advantage of preventing moisture from reaching the walls of the area, inhibiting the growth of molds or fungi in the wall.

Make Sure That The Grout Is Cured Hard

Many homeowners make the mistake of not allowing the grout to cure enough when grouting extra wide joints. If the grout is too soft, it will be harder to clean and will not provide the benefits to the completed project that is needed. Following the manufacturer’s instructions for the grout will ensure that the grout is cured to the hardness that is desired for the completion of the project.

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