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Unread 04-20-2021, 09:53 AM   #1
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Which Grout to use for shower and bathroom

I am trying to decide which grout to use. I was going to use Laticrete Spectralock 1 but am having trouble finding it in stock locally and need it pretty soon.

I am using a large format porcelain glazed tile on the walls and floor with a 2” hex tile on the shower floor. Was going to use a very light gray on glazed tiles and white on the shower floor.

Of primary importance to me is durability and water sealing. All grout joints are 1/8”. I am not a professional tile setter so ease of installation is a consideration as well but it is a small bathroom.

I’ll attach a picture from a few days ago as well. In hindsight I would not have done an offset tile pattern... but again I am not a pro and tend to learn the hard way.

Anyways, what grout do you suggest? Do I wait for spectralock 1 or just use something else?
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Unread 04-20-2021, 09:57 AM   #2
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Here is a picture from a few days ago...
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Unread 04-20-2021, 02:44 PM   #3
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I like Mapai's "Flexcolor CQ".....but Prism is also pretty good.....
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Hi Aaron,

I think the offset pattern looks fine.

Regular cement grouts are the easiest to use, but single component grouts are more water resistant. Mapei and Laticrete make good ones.
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Unread 04-21-2021, 09:36 AM   #5
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I recently finished my shower with a similar tile. I did offset pattern like yours and my wife picked out a darker grout. Here's how that looks finished

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Unread 04-21-2021, 07:59 PM   #6
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Nice shower, Bryan. Prism grout is very easy to use, I use it more than anything else. But there are other good grouts out there.
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Unread 04-25-2021, 10:56 PM   #7
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Bryan- that looks awesome. I am going a little lighter on grout. I purchased Flexcolor CQ for the grout.

I ran into an issue— and in my inexperience I always tend to think I can correct it without backtracking. I set the bathroom floor tile, but at the corners of the shower where I plan to transition from large format to mosaic I have some thinset build up (about 3/8” or so). I thought I could build up the large format tile a little with schluter all set — I wish I hadn’t done that. Now I have a roughly 5/8” lip from top of the tile to my “curbless” shower pan and 1/4” thick mosaic tiles to set. (See photo with red arrows- tiles are level left to right on this row but not front to back as well).

I am inclined to remove the row of tile and membrane and grind the thinset down and remembrane it. However I have ditra duo and a heat wire below the membrane. I’ll include some photos- (2x6 was for a temporary curb from when I flood tested) . What’s the best way to go about this? I always tend to think I can correct things later when I don’t get it right in the first place. ?? I learn the hard way sometimes
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This is where the build up of thinset happened. Boy do I wish I had corrected it at this stage!!

Please don’t beat me up to hard.

I talked to the schluter rep and I think I have a solution
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Unread 04-26-2021, 07:52 AM   #9
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Had the same situation when I did mine, Aaron.

Build it up with mortar. You'll basically need to add a "ramp", thicker where it meets the main floor tile and tapered to nothing about 6" onto the shower pan.

I used an 8" plastic putty knife from Depot. Cut a notch in one end that would ride on the main floor tile and spread some mortar. Mine ended up a little too high so I used a rub brick to grind some back off. Took a bit of time but turned out fine.
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Aaron,
Another thing I notice in your pictures is the very deep toilet flange. Just something to be aware of and you may need a wax free toilet seal, like this one from Fernco, to be able to form a good seal for the toilet.
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I am going to remove the last 4 tiles, closest to the shower, sand down the thinset and reapply tiles ripped 1” shorter- just before the lip. The mosaic tiles are thinner and with a little thinset I think it will all look better... the lip may actually help me get a more level transition from large format to mosaic. If I need to build up anything the rep suggested layers of Kerdi membrane initially, but I think that many layers to build up will take more time and money.

It’s going to be a pain, but I think in the end it’s the best solution for this situation for me.

May just do a 24” glass panel instead of a door, but will have to see how much water sprays out of the shower once it’s all tiles and grouted.

As for the flange I was going to stack a couple of wax rings, because yes it sits deep. Is the wax less option posted better than stacking wax rings?
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Aaron,
You may think about posting a picture of the toilet flange on the Terry Love plumbing forum. That's your best bet to get a solid answer. My experience with wax rings is that a standard size is perfect if the flange is on top of the finished floor and then I bump up to xl wax ring of the flange is flush or just below the finished floor. I've not come across one as deep as what I see in your picture. The Fernco unit I linked to said it was acceptable to use for flanges 3/4" below the finished surface....from over here, yours looks deeper than that. Not sure if stacking a couple of xl wax rings would even be good enough. I've not stacked any more than two standard rings, let alone xl's.
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Unread 04-26-2021, 10:22 PM   #13
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I had the same issue with my toilet flange after my remodel. I consulted a plumber friend for advice. His method was to use the flange extention ring (picture attached). Manufacturer specs you can stack up to 3 high. He advised to run a bead of silicone between the layers as you stack it.
Worked great for me, 3 high put me at perfect height for a wax ring.


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Unread 04-27-2021, 06:44 AM   #14
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I ordered a set rite flange kit. This is a code compliant way to raise the toilet flange.
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Just looked up the set rite flange extender...that appears to be exactly what is needed. Good find and using that you should be in good shape.
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