Flooring and Carpeting/Tiling an entranceway...grout
Expert: Michael C. Malizia - 12/13/2012
Question Hi there,
I just grouted for the first time. Most of it looks great so far (2-3 days ago). However, right by the front door I grouted between the tile and the metal kick plate and it cracked. I chipped it out and grouted again last night. It cracked again. Is this because it is between tile and metal? Or the draft under the door? Or because the kick plate must move a bit when the door opens? Is there anything else I can fill that joint with so it looks finished?
And lastly, when can I seal the grout, and with what? Do I have to?
Thanks very much,
Answer Hello and thank you for contacting The Grout Dye Company.
Sorry for the delay in answering your questions, I was in the hospital for a couple of days, and forgot to turn the system off.
In any case, the area where the floor meets the door jamb floor plate is considered an expansion joint in that there will always be movement there between the plate and the tile, general from foot traffic and shutting and closing of the door. The grout will always crack in this area because grout is a non resilient material and can't absorb the movement so it cracks, it is always my recommendation to use a sanded caulking in this area either acrylic or silicone based. Most grout manufacturers sell caulking to match there grouts look for one where you bought the grout or at any local home improvement center. If you can remove the grout from this area and put in the grout that would be best if not just going over it will also be a help in keeping the area from cracking more. Also generally you can seal the grout after it has cured, which is usually 14-28 days depending on the grout manufacturers recommendations. Yes, all cement based grouts in my opinion should be sealed.
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