You have many decisions to make when choosing the right tile options for your remodel or new home, but one that is often overlooked is grout. Keep reading to learn the main types of grout and what they work well for. Then contact Mission Tile West at 626-799-4595 to get help finding the right option for you.
Epoxy Grouts Are Very Durable
If durability is the most important factor to you, then epoxy grout might be the right choice. It is hard to stain and does not sustain water damage. It can also handle harsh cleaners, as long as they are not acidic. It is a great choice for bathroom tiles, kitchen tiles, and tile in other areas where food and/or moisture are likely. It is also a great choice in high-traffic areas that will need to be cleaned often.
There are two parts to epoxy grout: the base and the activator. When these two parts are combined, a chemical reaction begins. This leaves the grouter with limited time to finish the project before it is set and too hard to work with. As a result, this is often only the right choice if you are planning to hire a professional to install your tile.
Sanded Grout is Resistant to Cracking and Shrinking
Sanded grout is cement-based and sand is literally added to it. A bond is then created that makes the grout more resistant to shrinking or cracking. As an added bonus, this also means that it is more slip resistant and as such is often chosen in wet areas. It is best only on tiles where you want grout lines wider than 1/8th of an inch. This works with ceramic tiles and glazed think brick. It sets much more slowly than epoxy, which gives you more chance to work with it.
Non-Sanded Grout is Used for Smaller Joints
If you do have smaller joints in your tile, or you have spacing between 1/16th and 1/8th of an inch, then non-sanded grout might be a good option. It is also a cement-based option, but it is not good for larger grout joints because it can crack due to shrinkage, thanks to a lack of sand. Non-sanded grout is often a top choice when laying tile on walls because it is sticky and stays put while it is being applied.
Start with Finding the Best Tile in the Business
Of course, grout is important but it should only be chosen after the right tiles are chosen. As you have read, the best type of grout for any particular situation depends largely on the size of the spacing between tiles – and that will vary largely based on the type of tile you use. At Mission Tile West we are taking extra precautions during COVID. Call us at 626-799-4595 to make an appointment to come see us.