Installation Details/Grout Information

Prior to installation, the entire design should be laid out to ensure a good balance of glaze variation and to confirm that all of the necessary tiles are accounted for. The manner of installation should follow industry guidelines for specific site conditions, which can be found in the Tile Council of North America publication “Handbook of Ceramic Tile Installation.” Contact the Tile Council of North America for more information.

Selecting a Tile Installer

Finding an installer who cares about your job is essential to a successful installation. We like installers who take extra time at the beginning to check fit and spacing before they glue down any tile. Motawi Tileworks, your tile showroom, or your building contractor can help you locate a professional tile installer.

Grout Spacing

Standard grout spacing is 3⁄16". If installation requires adjustment to grout spacing, always adjust to be smaller, not larger, grout joints.

Grout Type

We recommend TEC brand Power Grout for nearly all installations. Sanded grout is generally considered necessary for grout spaces over 1/8" and is recommended for all Motawi tile installations.

Testing

Always test a sample before grouting as some dark grouts may stain light colored glazes and some light grouts may stain dark colored glazes. As a rule, grout should be darker than the tile being installed. Tile sealers are not necessary, however they may help to protect lighter glazes against staining.

Installation Tip

Installers should apply masking tape or painter's tape to the faces of art tiles and relief tiles to prevent problems caused by grout adhering to the tile surface.

Color

Recommended grout colors vary depending on glaze color and installation. Below is a list of a few of our favorites. Please consult with our staff regarding grout color selection for your specific project.

  • TEC 933 – Standard Grey
  • TEC 931 – Standard White
  • TEC 941 – Black/Raven
  • TEC 929 – Charcoal Grey
  • TEC 994 – Dark Walnut
Glaze Color Recommendation

We recommend these coordinating grout colors with the following glazes:

 

2000 Clear

  • TEC 931 Standard White
  • TEC 933 Standard Grey
 2001 Mauve
  • TEC 933 Standard Grey
 2008 Sand
  •  TEC 931 Standard White
  •  TEC 933 Standard Grey
 2010 Celadon
  •  TEC 933 Standard Grey
 2019 Sepia
  • TEC 929 Charcoal Grey
 2021 Bottle Brown
  • TEC 929 Charcoal Grey
 2028 Black (Glossy)
  • TEC 941 Black/Raven
  • TEC 929 Charcoal Grey
 5000 Cream
  • TEC 931 Standard White
  • TEC 933 Standard Grey
 5001 Ocean
  • TEC 929 Charcoal Grey
  • TEC 933 Standard Grey
 5002 Lee Green
  • TEC 929 Charcoal Grey
  • TEC 994 Dark Walnut
 5003 Caribbean Blue
  • TEC 929 Charcoal Grey
  • TEC 933 Standard Grey
 5024 Navy
  • TEC 929 Charcoal Grey
  • TEC 941 Black/Raven
 5040 Golden
  • TEC 933 Standard Grey
 5046 Lime
  • TEC 929 Charcoal Grey
  • TEC 933 Standard Grey
 5061 Pale Blue
  • TEC 933 Standard Grey

 

     5098 Green
    • TEC 929 Charcoal Grey
     5115 Oak
    • TEC 929 Charcoal Grey
     5125 Light Mauve
    • TEC 933 Standard Grey
     5129 Storm Blue
    • TEC 933 Standard Grey
     5143 Light Sand
    • TEC 931 Standard White
    • TEC 933 Standard Grey
     5153 Pear
    • TEC 929 Charcoal Grey
     5157 Black (Matte)
    • TEC 941 Black/Raven
    • TEC 929 Charcoal Grey
     5175 Slate
    • TEC 929 Charcoal Grey
     5184 Dark Brown
    • TEC 929 Charcoal Grey
    • TEC 994 Dark Walnut
     5194 Cadet Blue
    • TEC 933 Standard Grey
     5200 Lichen
    • TEC 933 Standard Grey
     5202 Granite
    • TEC 929 Charcoal Grey
     5203 Burnt Sienna
    • TEC 929 Charcoal Grey
     5213 Bay Leaf
    • TEC 933 Standard Grey
     5216 Chamois
    • TEC 933 Standard Grey
     5236 Rothwell Gray
    • TEC 933 Standard Grey
     5251 Pale Green
    •  TEC 933 Standard Grey

     

     

      The TEC Product Service Department can be reached at 800.832.9023.