When thinking about stone or tile flooring, consider the grout you will be using as well. While there are some instances where we appreciate the look of a groutless stone or tile installation, it’s not the most practical choice for longlasting kitchen or bathroom flooring. Grout offers advantages in the tile installation process and contributes to the overall tile flooring result. Keep reading to learn why grout is necessary for a superior tile installation. Plus, find out more on three different types of grout.
Polished Tile Installation Finish
Manufacturer cut tiles may appear clean and precise, but there can be minute irregularities that don’t allow the edges to line up perfectly. These irregularities also make slightly inconsistent tile sizes. You may end up noticing crooked or ill-fitting flooring after all the tiles have been laid down for a groutless finish. However, by leaving even just the tiniest of space for grout, this helps mask the appearance of rough tile edges or minor imprecisions. Using grout results in an overall more polished and even flooring.
Using grout also adds durability to the tile installation project. Filling in the gaps between tiles keeps the tiles locked in place. Groutless tiles can grind against each other with use, eventually leading to a chip or cracks. Grouted tile floors prevent the tiles from moving, giving your kitchen or bathroom flooring a longer-lasting finish.
Keeps Debris and Moisture Away
Groutless floors are bound to have minor gaps and spaces between tiles anyways. Using grout to fill the space prevents debris from getting between the tiles and building up. Applying a proper sealant to certain types of grout will prevent moisture from getting underneath the tiles or damaging the subflooring. Be sure to use a water-resistant sealant to the grout in your kitchens and bathroom tile floors.
Three Types of Grout
Whichever type you will use, have a tile installation professional from RPS Flooring get the job done quickly and correctly.
Sanded Grout – Sanded grout is suitable for grout joints ⅛” of an inch or greater. Sand is mixed into the grout for more rigidity. Make sure the sand will not scratch or damage your tiles before application. Clean up excess grout before letting it set on your flooring.
Unsanded Grout – Unsanded grout is used for joints less than ⅛” of an inch wide. Smaller gaps should use unsanded so the joints will get enough grout and not just sand. This type of grout is stickier and should be more carefully applied to get into the smaller gaps between the tiles.
Epoxy Grout – Epoxy grout is a chemical grout rather than a cement-like grout, like sanded or unsanded grout. This grout dries much faster as soon as the base and activator are mixed, so work fast with this. Epoxy grout does not need a sealant, and it is non-porous.
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