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Why is the grout in the shower floor darker than the grout on the walls?

Mike D. - Pomona, California


There is more moisture trapped beneath the tile in the deck mud used to float the shower floor. The only way the moisture can escape is through the grout joints. The longer it takes to cure, the darker the joint will be. The floor joints will be harder than the wall joints also.