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Your Guide to Grout: What Type Should You Use?

Your Guide to Grout: What Type Should You Use?

Once you’ve chosen your tiles, your fixtures, the color of paint, and the other materials you’ll be using, your next priority is deciding what type of grout to use. The choice you make will affect how much maintenance is needed and how long your tile will last. Depending on the grout you choose, it could also be a part of your design.

At Mission Tile West, we have a huge array of tile options for you to choose from and can help you find the right choices for other issues with your remodeling project, including helping you find the right grout. Read on for some ideas and then contact us at 626-799-4595 or stop by with any tile questions you may have.

Epoxy is the most durable

If durability is your top priority, then epoxy may be the right choice. It is resistant to both stains and water damage and can stand up to even harsh cleaners. It’s a good choice in a spot where it will be moist and / or there will be food present. As a result, it’s often the choice in kitchen backsplashes and bathroom remodels.

If you choose epoxy grout, you’ll get two parts. First is the base and the second is the activator. When they are combined, a chemical reaction occurs. As a result, you only have so much time to get the work done before the grout has set and become hard. This is why it’s often best to hire the pros to come in and install grout with epoxy. Note that epoxy is also the most expensive but the fact that it doesn’t need a sealer lowers the overall cost, and it lasts longer than the others which increases its value.

Sanded grout is good for wide grout lines

A cement-based grout, sanded grout is one in which sand is actually added to the mix. The sand then bonds within the grout and makes it resistant to issues like shrinking and cracking. It can also help to make slippery areas less slippery. It’s a good choice for an area in which your grout lines are going to be 1/8th of an inch or wider. For example, it can help glass tiles to not shrink or crack.

Non-sanded grout is good for smaller joints

This is another cement based grout, but it is great for smaller grout joints. We recommend it for spacing ranging from 1/16th of an inch to 1/8th of an inch. If you use this type of non-sanded grout in a larger joint, it could crack because it shrinks. This is an easier option to work on if you’re grouting on vertical walls, thanks to the fact that it has a sticky property that allows it to stay put while you’re applying it.

No matter the type of tiles you’re looking or the type of grout you want, you can count on Mission Tile West to offer both the materials you need and the expert consultation you want. Call us today at 626-799-4595 or stop by at your convenience.