Bathroom Floor Tiling Project – Grouting Observations

When we last wrote about our bathroom floor tiling home renovation project, we discussed the application of the SnapStone porcelain floor tiles in and around the toilet.

Today, I wanted to mention the grouting.

Now, the grout used with SnapStone floor tiles is different. It is make to provide just enough ‘give’ to meet the needs of the SnapStone tiles which as we know by now from prior articles in this project series are simply laid on top of existing sub-floor.

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You can see all the details & video you need on how to apply the grout on the SnapStone web site (which does give a very nice collection of installation videos for the product). The above picture is of the two buckets containing the flexible grout specific for the SnapStone floor tiles.

I was away the day that Bennett grouted the tiles in our bathroom.

In speaking with Bennett afterwords, he made the following observations.

First, the application of the grout was nothing different from other grout he had applied on other floor tile projects. As the SnapStone web site indicates do one small area at a time.

Second, while he did notice that the tiled floor did have a minor amount of movement before the grouting, this movement was gone the day after the grouting had been finished.

Here is a picture of the floor tiles just prior to the grouting.

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Now, for comparison purposes, here is a picture of the floor after the application of the grout (one of three colors).

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From my perspective, once the grout dried it did not seem any different from any other floor tile grout. By that I am referring to the ‘flexible’ nature of the grout. I was expecting the grout to be rubbery in texture as it is referred to as flexible grout. However, that was not the case for us.

I also wanted to show you one aspect which Bennett did in applying the grout. The picture below is adjacent to the side of the bathtub. Notice the wide amount of grout which was applied. This was because of the space between the end of the tile and the wall.

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Bennett indicated that he did not remove the plastic ends of the tile next to the wall; he simply applied more grout to fill the space between the end of the tile and the wall.

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In this last picture above, notice on the left how with the wide amount of grout is hidden by the baseboard so you wouldn’t even know it was there.

Continue to the next article in this series on our bathroom floor tiling project to see how we adddressed the floor vent.

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