Grout is an essential part of any stone or tile installation. Whether you’re renovating your bathroom, kitchen or another room of the house, grout is a step you can’t miss. With several different types of grout on the market and lots of colors to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what’s best for your project. We’ll provide some insight today in our blog. For even more help with home DIYs, check out the other articles on our website.
So what exactly is grout? Grout consists of a mixture of cement, lime, pigments for color, and sometimes sand that hardens when mixed with water and left to set. The mixture is spread into the joints between tiles after the pieces are set. Using grout adds strength and resilience to your tile installation, protects the tile from dust and debris, and gives your project a polished and clean look.
There are three main different types of grout, and we can help you install them all. The first is sanded grout, which is recommended for use in grouts larger than ⅛ of an inch. Sanded Portland cement-based grout is the most popular type of sanded grout. It is perfect for outdoor jobs, as well as walls, ceilings, and anything that needs a little extra strength. It needs to be sealed after use to protect against debris and UV rays.
Unsanded grout is very similar to its sanded counterpart, but with a few important differences. This unsanded variety is perfect for joints smaller than ⅛ of an inch, and should be used with marble or any other surface that could be scratched by sand. This is perfect for bathrooms and countertops.
Epoxy grout is much different than the other two varieties. It doesn’t need to be sealed, making it perfect for situations with lots of moisture, like outdoor patios, countertops, and pool tile.
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about grout. Need help picking out or installing this necessity? From start to finish, the experts have you covered. Visit our website for a free quote.