Caulking On Top Of Floor Tile Grout

In the last article within this floor tiling home renovation project series, we showed and discussed the need to paint the baseboard trim after the floor tile was installed.

Today, we look at a technique I had not previously come across. Apologies in advance as most of the pictures in this article are just a little blurry. OK, OK, a lot blurry. Sorry.

Now to me, this part of our newly installed porcelain tiled front hallway floor looks finished. It has the grout nicely applied between the floor tile and the wooden handrail base.

 Caulking On Top Of Floor Tile Grout

However, it is not.

What will happen during the winter when the humidity level in the air is no longer around 50% in our home but around 30 to 35%?

Well, all of the wood will contract. The wood doors. And, the wood handrail.

When that occurs, there will be a space between the grout and the base of the wooden handrail.

So, the last installation activity in this home renovation project was to apply caulking directly on top of the new grout between the floor tile and wooden handrail base.

 Caulking On Top Of Floor Tile Grout

Now, this was not done as soon as the grout was installed. It was actually a few days later.

 Caulking On Top Of Floor Tile Grout

And, this was not indoor caulking. Since the tile was charcoal grey and the grout was dark grey, we wanted the caulking to blend in and also be grey.

 Caulking On Top Of Floor Tile Grout

Indoor caulking does not come in grey. So, they used outdoor caulking which comes in a few more colors including grey.

 Caulking On Top Of Floor Tile Grout

This way, in the winter when the wooden base of the handrail contracts just a little, the caulking will be stretched just that little bit to cover any space between the floor grout and the wooden base.

 Caulking On Top Of Floor Tile Grout

I had not heard of that technique previously. Yet, it makes sense. And with the color coordinating grey of all three (floor tile, grout and caulking), that narrow bead of caulking really isn’t noticeable either.

Nicely done.

Select this link to the color coordination aspect of new floor tiles and floor vent registers.

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