Grout often becomes an afterthought in the world of tile, but don’t worry, we are here to remind you how important is it to give grout the love it deserves during the tile selection process.
Not only will grout affect the overall look and feel of you design, also plays a major role in maintenance and the longevity of your tile, and you want your beautiful new tile to last forever. Whether you’re choosing between grout tips, sealer or color GROUT GURU is here to cover all bases and help you make the right Types of Grout for your Tile Installation or Re-Grouting.
Types of Grout will play a huge role in your tile’s lifespan, and different grout types will be appropriate for different applications, so let’s take a look at your options:
Epoxy grouts are the most durable of all types of grout. Epoxies are stain & water resistant and it will hold up against harsh cleaners.
Epoxy grout is a great choice for types of grout in kitchens & bathrooms, for indoor & outdoor, new installation or re-grouting. Epoxy grout is made of three parts: the base, activator and colorant. When combined, a chemical reaction begins which means you have limited time to finish before it hardens. This is why we recommend hiring a professional installer such as GROUT GURU when working with epoxy. Epoxy grout is the most expensive grout choice. However, the longevity of the grout pays for itself.
Unsanded grout is one of types of grout that is made specifically for grout lines smaller than 1/8 inch wide. This is a general rule. I use unsanded grout only in tile with grout lines smaller than 1/16″. Unsanded grout (all grout to different degrees) will shrink as it cures. The reason for only using it in smaller grout lines is the wider the grout lines, the more grout must be used to fill them. The more grout you have, the more it will shrink. If you try to fill grout lines that are too large the grout will shrink enough to pull away from the sides of the tile.
Unsanded grout is easier to work with, especially on vertical surfaces such as a shower wall, because it is “stickier” than the sanded variety. You can spread it onto the wall and it will stick there while you force it into the grout lines. It is also much easier on the hands than sanded. Although it is easier to work with, you must be sure that the application for which you are using it is correct.
Sanded Grout is one of the types of grout used for any size grout lines 1/8″ and wider. Although the specifications state unsanded grout be used in grout lines that are exactly 1/8″, you really should use sanded for them. It will ensure proper adhesion to your tile and guard against too much shrinkage.
Sanded grout has fine sand added to it. This prevents the grout from shrinking too much as it cures. That’s why it is used for larger grout lines and should be used for the majority of tile installations.
If you have a polished stone such as granite, marble, limestone, and some polished, you should be careful about using sanded grout. While sanded may be the correct types of grout for the size of grout lines, it may not be the best choice. Depending upon the polish of the stone the sand in the grout may actually scratch it. If you decide to use sanded make sure you test it in an inconspicuous area first to ensure it will not scratch your finish. However, using epoxy grout, would most likely be a better choice anyway.