I'm having a new master bath built that has a tile floor and tub deck (same
tile with same grout color for both locations). The way the contractor
built things, the tub deck was tiled and grouted before the floor. The
grout color on the deck looks fine, but the grout is much lighter on the
floor - even though the grout mix for both locations came from the same
bag. My contractor says that the color variations are normal and depends
on the weather and how the grout dries. Is this true? And is there
anything that can be done to darken up the grout on the floor (ie, a dye of
Don`t pay till it matches, or pay extra. If thats true on bag
variations he was negligent not to dry mix a double batch.
When i used to paint we used to " box" mix together all job product
before starting .
Nobody would or should have to be asked to accept a misscolored
You shouldn`t even be put in the position of having to be insulted by a
stupid mistake like this.
This would be my waning sign to double ck all work.
Did you bother to read the OP before pounding on the poor tile guy? All of
the grout came from the SAME bag.
There are a lot of factors that could be causing this. My guess is that it
is a lighting issue. You are looking at two different surfaces which the
light will hit at different angles. Are there windows involved that
areproviding natural light to the deck and not so much the floor?
it could be atmospheric conditions dried faster than the other causing a
difference. You could have effloresence on one and not the other. What is
the composition of the subfloor for the floor tile?
Yeah, it could be a lighting issue - the deck has two big windows over it
while the floor is lit by overhead lights. I've tried eliminating that,
but haven't convinced myself that I've accomplished it. And the contractor
still needs to clean up the grout on the floor, so that might change things
a bit. As for the subfloor, it's basically a tile backer board over
plywood in both cases. I could see, however, the tub deck having better
circulation below and above the tile than the floor, so that could make a
difference. Plus, the crawl space under the floor is certainly going to be
cooler than the tub deck. Given the quality of the work done during the
rest of the remodel (and the anal nature of the contractor), I'm inclined
to believe him. But my wife has been complaining so I thought I ought to
try to get an outside opinion.
The grout can be stained if things don't work out. There are also sealers
available that will darken it up somewhat. They also have sealers that will
make it have a wet look but that may be too dark.
All I can tell you is that I've been laying a lot of tile and that the color
of the dried thinset has varied from light to dark grey depending on (a) how
wet I mixed it and (b) how quickly it dried. That which dried more slowly
(on less absorbative strate) was darker.
Having tiled, I also grouted. Tile is Saltillo so I was using masonry
mortar for grout. Couldn't get my usual brand so used QuicKrete...*MUCH*
ligher. Fortunately, it was a small area so I used strong coffee to darken
before sealing. Looks OK.
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