How to choose a grout for beige tiles?
The process of covering the floor or walls with beige ceramic tiles, like any other, is laborious and complex. Even if the work was done with impeccable observance of technological requirements, talking about its completion is still premature. It is also necessary to apply a grout, or, in other words, to make jointing of joints.
Purpose and types of trowels
The main task of the trowel composite is to protect the tile joints from moisture penetration, contamination and mildew formation there.
Get rid of the fungus is quite difficult without opening the lining, so the quality of the putty is of paramount importance.
For the manufacture of used Portland cement and quartz sand is very finely ground. They are invariably added plasticizers, which ensure the plasticity of the putty. This prevents the seams from cracking when drying or due to temperature drops during operation.
Typically, these grout produced in the form of dry mixes that must be diluted with water to a paste-like state. Distinctive feature - fast drying.. It is required to accurately calculate the dosage to avoid loss of elasticity of mass.. The dried composition is not able to penetrate deep into the seam and evenly fill the existing voids.
The advantages include low cost and ease of use. The disadvantages, above all - the very basis of putty, which can leave scratches on the glossy surface. During the works, the tiles are glued with mounting tape or they prefer to use more sparing compounds for thin joints. The second significant disadvantage - scanty gamma: white and gray.
To achieve the desired color and hue, you must add the coloring pigment yourself.
Based on epoxy resin
Composites based on epoxy are more durable and resistant to any adverse factors. Do not crack, do not darken, mold in this solution there is nothing to profit. They are excellent sealants, so they are often used for finishing floor tiles or walls in swimming pools, baths, even in the steam room.
In addition, the composition provides accuracy and aesthetics: beautiful appearance persists over a long period of time. The color scheme is diverse. Resistance to sunlight ensures that the sealant does not fade and does not lose its original brightness.
The composition is easily mixed and holds the dyes, so it is easy to achieve the desired shade. If necessary, you can add sparkles. They will give the seams a golden or silver shine.
The only drawback is the high price compared to other trowels.
In some cases, they are also referred to as grouting. This is not quite true, as they are not treated with inter-tile seams. The purpose is only to isolate small areas. For example, between the sink and the wall. There are three types: on the basis of acrylic, silicone and polyurethane.
Over time, the seams with such a composition acquire an unpleasant yellow shade under the influence of moisture, a fungus willingly settles on it. Most brands shrink significantlythat violates the tightness of the joints and requires their adjustment. The most acceptable option for tile specialists call polyurethane solution. They, like the rest of the sealants, are easy to use: there are special syringes and packaging that provide a thin supply of mass. The choice of color is limited.
Most often you can find the base - black, gray, white, as well as brown and brick color schemes.
They are distinguished by a dark almost black color, so for the decoration of apartments they are practically not used, but they are used in industrial and utility rooms.
The color of the trowelled composite for tiled ceramics is no less significant than its operational properties, because if you make a mistake with the choice of shade, the visual perception of even expensive and aesthetic ceramics will be spoiled.
When using cement putty, difficulties arise in obtaining a beige color. In such cases experts recommend adding a small amount of paint to the white mixture; even gouache is fine. The range of epoxy fugues allows you to choose the right color.
There are also transparent compositions that serve as an excellent base for decorating a tiled mosaic in light beige tones.
For plain tile
The choice of the color of the trowelled composite is based on several principles, the simplest of which is to apply a single-color trowel with a tile. In the second case, use a putty. Here, the selection of the necessary shade is complicated, as it requires a developed aesthetic sense. You can use calm colors, selecting light beige putty for brown ceramics.
More daring options - wipe the seams between the fragments of tiles with yellowish shades of red fugue. At the same time it is necessary that other, equally bright parts of the interior should not be observed nearby. The white grout is a universal solution; nevertheless, it is more expedient to use such a fugue for wall tiles, because it immediately gets dirty on the floor.
An alternative form of universal color is the use of a composite of gray color or another dark color scheme in harmony with the tiled flooring.
A curious case is the use in the process of finishing at the same time two types of tiles of different colors. In this setting, it is not necessary to select a separate grout for each shade. It is better to choose a single option that can be visually combined with all the colors of the tile.. Either the same tone with one of the tile colors or a contrast with any of the fragments will do.
So, if the surface of the wall was faced with platinum dark brown and beige color, then you can wipe it with a light composition. This will serve as the union of multicolored fragments. When you try to combine the main tile with elements of white and black colors, the grout is chosen under any of the colors.
If white is dominant in the design, then either snow-white trowel or a fugu of a contrasting shade for beige are used in combination with it.. Practical interiors involve the use of a dark gray color scheme, especially in bathrooms, where the white color of the trowel composite quickly turns yellow and the gray tint retains its original appearance for a long time.
For the panel
You can visually connect all the elements of ceramics in one panel or divide them into separate zones. The composite of light colors will serve as a unifying factor, while the dark color is a disconnector.
If the tile is folded into a motley ornamental print using beige, then the grout can be selected under any of the colors used on such a tile. When the area of the room is small, the choice of a fugue for the most light-colored elements will be optimal.
Multi-colored tiled mosaic saturated tone requires a neutral grout.
From idea to implementation
One of the problems is the degree of conformity of the actual color of the putty to the expected end result. The fact is that it often differs significantly from the type of the standard presented in the outlet or the mixture depicted on the packaging. If the color of the final shade is fundamentally important, you will have to make additional costs and buy a small amount of grout to test it in a small area.
It is better to conduct experiments at the junction of tileshidden from view behind furniture or other furnishings. The final color judgment will be made after the trowel has dried.
If the grout is applied completely, and its final color does not match the expected color, it is recommended to carefully paint over the seams with a moisture-resistant pigment of the desired tone. In order not to stain the surface of the tile, it should be glued with masking tape.