The Thin Gray Line
Grout selection is often the last but definitely NOT the least important decision you will be making on your tile project. And be sure it is YOU who makes that decision!
Left to their own devices, tile contractors will often use white grout on a white glazed tile installation - not the natural gray grout found in most vintage tilework. So why white? Contractors simply want to make the grout lines disappear, because it's virtually impossible to make consistent grout lines with conventional "pillowed" wall tile. But what happens to those bright white grout lines as soon as the tile installers pack-up and leave? Chances are you'll start to notice them staining, possibly unevenly, leaving your grout lines far from beautiful.
Stains on gray grout lines as narrow as 1/32" are not a concern so it's important to choose a tile that is designed for thin grouting. Subway Ceramics has been designed and manufactured to consider all aspects of our subway tile, including the grout line. Like the tile of the NYC subway stations built in 1905, the precise, historically-authentic Subway Ceramics collection features a perfectly flat tile surface with square edges and no pillowing. This gives you pencil-thin grout lines that present your tiles at their best. And, only a slight contrast in grout color is necessary to define the classic brick pattern in the tiled surface so you can feel free to stick with the historic gray grout color.
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