How to Choose the Right Grout for Terracotta Tile
When installing Terra Cotta tile, several questions come up regarding grouting and the color choices available in grout mixes. The recommended grout for this type of tile is sanded grout or mortar mix. Both can be found at any of your local home improvement stores such as Home Depot or Lowe’s. However, there are quite a few differences between these two types of grout that you can use.
The highly recommended grout when installing Terra Cotta tile is “Quickrete Mortar Mix.” It can hold up to the minimum recommended grout line of ¾ inches. Because of this, it is very effective for long-term use. It is also really simple to use and install.
The only downside is that it only comes in the neutral color of charcoal grey. It goes with any size and finish of Terra Cotta tile and can easily be used as a universal grout color for all décor styles.
If you are not interested in having only one color option, sanded grout is the way you want to go. The most recommended sanded grout for Terra Cotta tile is the “Polyblend Sanded Grout”. It comes in a wide variety of colors, so you have plenty of options to choose from if you want to add a little bit of color.
The most popular color matches for the Terra Cotta tile colors are the Earth, Rose, and Burnt-Clay color options. They offer a neutral color scheme without the limits of one color. The only downside is that it is not made for the large grout lines that this handmade tile needs. Therefore, it will not be as effective in the long term. After a course of many years, it has the potential to crack and fall apart, which in the event the tile would need to be re-grouted.
However, if you are willing to take a chance with the possibility of a little more maintenance, I say it would be very well worth it. In my personal opinion, the colored grout adds more charm to the beautiful Terra Cotta tile.
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