What Colour Grout Should I Use?

Deciding what grout colour to use is purely a personal preference, but there are a few hints and advice we have accumulated over the years, on how to achieve the look your after.

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The above images show the effects of different grout colours, the picture on the left has a very light grout colour and frames the tiles. Whereas the image on the right has grout more to the colour of the tiles and so blends in with the tiles. Grouting is an important part of the decision process. 

If you wish for the tiles to stand out and be “framed” then go for a contrasting colour, but be careful as sometimes all you will see is the grout and not the other way around, try with some grout swatches first, or have a look in our showroom, as we have nearly all the tiles on display with grouting to show the different choices available.


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Another important aspect of tiling is choice of grout size, often wrong grout width choice can ruin the look of a tiled area. Have a go with a few tiles on the floor, put a 3mm joint between them and have a look, keep going until you find the space you prefer the most.

In our showroom you will see many displays of tiles with various grout widths and our fully trained staff will be more than willing to advice you on the correct choice to give you your required look.

Or call us on 01823 667242 

Alternatively visit Our website www.wellingtontile-online.co.uk

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Are you just about to buy Wall or Floor Tiles ? Confused about the different types of Glazed Ceramic Tiles and Glazed Porcelain?

Maybe the below answers to some of the  most frequently asked questions will help you make up your mind …………

Floor Tiles

Whats the difference between a glazed ceramic tile and glazed porcelain tile?

The difference is in the biscuit, or base of the tile. A ceramic biscuit is normally made from red clay which is then glazed and fired. A porcelain biscuit is made from much finer grained clay which is then pressed under very high pressure; this makes it very hard and impervious to water. As a result porcelain tiles are generally frost proof and stronger than a ceramic.

Ceramic tiles tend to be cheaper and easier to cut and providing you have a high glaze grade (PEI rating 4 or 5) are extremely durable for flooring, though not recommended for outside.

Glazed tiles

Glazed tiles are painted with a glass like liquid and then fired to produce a sheen on the surface to give the tile a different characteristic. The liquid glass or glaze is usually baked into the surface of the clay at very high temperatures over 1500 F. Not only are glazed tiles easier to keep clean but they also allow manufacturers to produce an unlimited assortment of colors, hues, and designs..

There are essentially two types of glazed ceramic tiles:

Single-Glaze Tiles
To produce single glazes, the glaze coating is applied directly to the tile before it is fired. Single-glazed tiles offer more vivid colors and are typically more durable than double-glazed and unglazed tiles, making them more suitable for floors.

Double-Glaze Tiles
Double glazes are produced by applying a glaze coat to tiles that have already been fired, then firing the tiles a second time. Double glazes show patterns better than single glazes, but are somewhat less durable, making them more suitable for lighter-traffic floors and walls.

How do you know which PEI Strength rating a glazed floor tile is?

We are often asked this question.  It is impossible to tell the PEI Grading just from looking at the tile.  All Glazed floor tiles have been rated at manufacturing stage for the performance of glaze for resistance to wear and scratching using the ‘Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) scale.  We always find out this rating before importing and selling any tile.

What is a PEI Rating?

This is an international rating for glazed floor tiles to rate the performance of the glaze resistance to wear and scratching.  The scale (see below), ranges from 1 (least durable) to 5 (most durable).

PEI 1 – Very Light Traffic – These tiles can be used on all indoor wall applications, interior light use counter tops such as in  bathrooms, etc and very light traffic residential bathroom floors.  These tiles are not recommended for any area that will have any constant or heavy foot traffic.

PEI 2 – Light Traffic – These tiles can be used on all interior wall applications.  All interior counter top applications and light traffic residential interior floors.  This tile should not be used for commercial use.

PEI 3 – Moderate Traffic  – These tiles can be used on all interior wall applications, all interior counter tops applications and all residential interior floors.  This tile should not be used for commercial use.

PEI 4 – Moderate to Heavy Traffic – These tiles can be used on all interior wall applications, all interior counter top applications, such as restaurants, lobbies etc.  This tile should not be used for heavy commercial use.

PEI 5 – Heavy Traffic – These tiles can be used on all interior wall applications, all interior counter top applications, all residential interior floors and all heavy commercial applications, such as airports, shopping malls, supermarkets etc.  This tile is an excellent choice for industrial applications where extreme durability is required.

Will a glazed floor tile last a long time?

The durability depends on how the glaze was applied, most glazes should last from 10 to 15 years, however glazes will wear away with heavy traffic.  In general, single glazes are harder and more durable than double glazes. If a glaze shows signs of wear, it can be revived using a specially formulated sealer called LTP Glaze Protector. 

Glazed porcelain and glazed ceramic tiled floors look great when just washed.

Wall Tiles

A part from the standard glazed wall tile the crackle glazed wall tile has become a popular choice.

Are Crackle Glazed tiles hard wearing and do they need sealing?

This is a frequently asked question.  This deliberate crazing effect on a crackle glazed tile has become a popular choice for wall tiles (and can even be seen on original antique tiles (delft range), however to create crackle glazes, the glazed surface is designed to develop a series of spiders web- like cracks.  As a result, crackle glazes are more prone to staining from grout, dirt and water both during and after application.  To protect against this, all crackle glazed tiles should be sealed with LTP Crackle Glaze Sealer prior to installation.  Instruction on sealing crackle glazed tiles(pdf). Take a look at our Greenwood

Crackle Glazed Tiles

Greenwood crackle glaze range. Choice of 5 colours.Parchment, Light Parchment, Fossil, Snowflake and Driftwood

range with a choice of 5 colours.