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"We sold our beach home and we are building a new one. Your artwork was one of the selling points of our last home." M Hays, Bridge City, TX

grouting tips

I've created this page to assist you in questions you might have when grouting our shaped ceramic tiles.

 

what kind of grout do I use?

A Polymer-based sanded ceramic tile grout. This type of grout allows you up to a 1/2" grout line. If mixed properly, it hardens like concrete.

 

can i mix/press foreign object into my grout?

Yes you can! I like to press in small pebbles or an anthill gravel into my grout to create a rock-like effect. It looks exceptional with granites and SileStone countertop materials. It's also a very environmentally "green" looking ceramic tile grout.

 

SileStone color swatch with gravel-pressed grout technique
by Diane H. Holycross, artist/owner, Tiles with Style

 

where can I purchase tiny gravel?

Check with your local gravel yard or landscape shop.

 

where do I purchase sanded grout?

Home Depot and Lowes have a nice in-store selection of ceramic tile sanded grout colors. If you don't see a color that you like, you can place a special order. This takes about 2 weeks.

 

where can I find a specific color grout?

If you cannot find a grout color from Home Depot or Lowes, you can purchase concrete pigments to add to white-based or gray-based sanded grouts. See Direct Colors: http://www.directcolors.com/concretepigment/#Pigment Color Chart

 

what do I use to seal my grout?

I highly recommend that you go the extra mile and purchase an oil-base, silicone, or a teflon ceramic tile grout sealer. These products are expensive, but are designed to repel oils, stains, etc.

 

Don't use a water-base ceramic tile grout sealer. These need to be re-applied yearly...too much work.

 

can I mix grouts together to create a specific color?

Yes, if they are of the same brand. Just make sure you mix an ample supply of grout, so you don't run out during your installation! I recommend that you mix colors by weighing the dry grout by color and then mixing it together. That way if you do run out of the mix, you can mix a new batch and the color should match.

 

can I use more than one color grout during my installation?

 

YES!!! Because our decorative ceramic tiles are generally installed as a scene, you can use several different grouts to bring your design together.

 

The pictures below show water fading to land.

 

This pictures shows a nine-part mermaid in a coral reef. Notice how the beige grout makes her look like one large ceramic tile mermaid.

 

This is a fabulous example of ceramic tile grout usage. The use of two completely different colors of ceramic tile sanded grout colors.


This outdoor ceramic tile tropical fish design is the perfect candidate for a two-tone ceramic tile grout application. A turquoise tile grout on the upper half and a rich cobalt blue tile grout on the lower half of the tropical fish ceramic tile design would make a beautiful color transition and emphasize depth in the water.

panel 1

PhotoShop enhanced photo to show 2-tone grout on panel 2


grouting tips?

Mix your grout per the instructions, failure to do so can cause cracking of the grout during the drying process!

 

I like to let my grout set up for about 5-10 prior to applying it onto walls. This helps with slumping of the ceramic tile grout from gravity.

 

how long before I can wipe the grout back?

I recommend you let the grout sit for at lease 15 minutes. You want it to be damp, not wet. If you try to wipe the grout back with your damp sponge too soon, you'll pull the grout out of the spaces, and cause depressions. You want the grout to be level with the decorative ceramic tile.

 

Our tiles are shaped tiles not shapes on square tiles!

 

 

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Comments from satisfied ceramic tile clients...

"The tiles arrived and are gorgeous. You did an awesome job! I'm so happy I found your website as I haven't been able to find anything like your tiles ANYWHERE else."
Nanci Bonnell, Battleground, Washington

 

"There is one place here in California that makes leaf shaped tiles. She charges $100 a sq foot and yours are 10 times better." 
Forrest Mize, Ventura, CA

Our ceramic tiles are 100% handmade in the USA.

Shipping domestically and also to Canada and Europe!

If you would like to place an order at that time, click the email me links in the right column. There are instructions, as to what information I need, to get from you, to process your order, and for you to pay.

Most tiles ship the same day as payment.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Tiles with Style

360 Leatherwood Hollow Road,

New Tazewell,

Tennessee 37825


HOW TO ORDER...

 

Because of a VERY heavy workload, I prefer that you email me your order. Please click the appropriate email me for IN-STOCK items links:

Bass & Walleye

Dog paws

Koi

Leaf & Lily Pads

Northern Pike

Muskellunge/Muskie

NEW! Matching PROFILE FRESHWATER FISH

Salmon

Sea Bass & Sea Trout

Tropical

Trout

Turtles


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(423) 259-8624

the phone rings about 8 times before going to voicemail.


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not stop!"

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