Grout widths and your desired style
The thickness of your grout joint should be based on several factors, including tile size, amount of variation and your desired style or aesthetic. We've put together some considerations and size options to help you choose the right grout size for your project.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Grout Size
The amount of variation in size from tile to tile: Because we make everything by hand, there is a variation in size and thickness from tile to tile. With handmade tiles we always recommend larger grout joints to account for these irregularities.
The style you are hoping to achieve: The size of the grout joint can dramatically change the way your overall tile installation looks; this is where personal preference comes into play. Some may prefer very minimal grout lines, while others like their grout lines to stand out and become part of the design.
Colour: Contrasting grout and tile colours, similar coloured grout and tile colours, and grouts available with glitter can create endless individual designs.
Grout Size Options
We recommend a 5mm or above grout size for our resin tiles. This thickness leaves room for the natural variation in size, and the perfectly imperfect profile of our handmade tiles.
Planning is key. Prior to installation, pre-test all tiles by laying them out in the required tile design for the area. Swap and change individual tiles until the best fitting tiles are selected. These can then be laid in the same sequence during installation. This will also help you to visualise the finished design from various points. Time spent at this stage will be invaluable towards the success of your installation. Do not fix tiles if you cannot achieve the above for any reason.
It is possible to achieve a tighter grout joint; however, it depends on whether the natural irregularity in tile size and shape allows for a tighter fit. If the grout line is too tight the tile could chip at stress points while the grout dries. Grout has a purpose to fill in voids, make things straight and relieve stress.