The Main Types of Grout

The Main Types of Grout

If you are about to install tiles in your house there are some things you need to know before. For instance, there is an essential thing all tiles have - the grout. What is it? Grout is a cement-based mixture used to fill the gaps between the tiles when installed. It prevents any dirt or water bleeding through and staining the tiles. As you can see, grout is pretty important and because of this you need to know everything about it such as there is more than one type of grout. For this reason, the post this week tells you the main types of grouts to make it a bit less confusing.

Sanded Grout

This type of grout is usually used for stone, ceramic and all tiles that have a grout joint. This grout comes as a result of mixing cement, sand and other additives with water. This grout is very hardwearing but has some cons such as being very absorbent. This makes it less water resistant and can end up getting damaged if too much water penetrates it.

If you decide to go for this grout, you need to be careful when choosing a sealer, as this will help to prevent any water absorption and therefore possible staining. This grout is not compatible with marble, as the sand in the grout could scratch this material and therefore cause damage.

Unsanded Grout

This grout is also known as wall grout. It can be used with ceramic tiles and also polished marble, since it is the same mixture as sanded grout but without the sand. Similarly to sanded grout, unsanded grout needs a sealer to reduce the absorbency. To decrease water absorption you can use latex additives. These additives you add in the grout mixture decrease absorption as well as increase the strength of the grout. This process also works for sanded grout.

Epoxy Grout

This blend is made of epoxy resins and a hardener and should be made moments before grouting. Epoxy grout is very resistant to staining and is much less absorbent than the previous grouts. It is much easier to clean too. This grout is commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms as those are areas where water spillages are more likely to happen. Even though they don’t need any additional sealer, you should ask for the help of an expert as epoxy grout is a bit messy and difficult to apply.

So there you have it - three common grouts used in residential properties. Whatever you decide to go for, you can check out our site for grout options or ask us directly!

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