If you are getting ready to tile any surface in your home, you will need to be educated on the options you have as far as grout is concerned. Who knew there were different options when it came to grout for tiles. There are different variables that will help decide what grout is best for your project. After you have chosen the right type of grout you will also want to decide what color you would like. Desert Carpet Cleaners offer some tips to help you choose the perfect grout to go along with your tiled surfaces.
Considerations to be Made Before Choosing Grout
Before you can choose your grout, you need to know a few things about the process. Here is a checklist you need to have the answers to before you can get started:
1. What Type of Tile Are You Using? This could mean stone, ceramic, glass, or even metal. They all require different types of grout and grout joints.
2. What Size Are Your Tiles? If you are using small tiles, like mosaic tiles you won’t need the strongest adhesive. If you are using large tiles, they are going to be much heavier and will require a stronger and more specific type of mortar.
3. Where is Your Tile Going? If you are putting tiles in an area that is very wet, like a bathroom, it will have different grout and mortar requirements than somewhere like a hallway.
4. How Big is the Area to be Tiled? You will need to know the square footage of the space you are having tiled. This will give you an indication of how much you need to purchase.
Different Types of Grouting
There are a few different types of grout and each of them are used under different circumstances. Here they are in a nutshell.
This type of grout can be on the pricey side of grouts. It is more expensive and harder to install than other options. It is a two-part chemical process using resins and hardeners to create a very durable grout. It is extremely stain resistant and durable in places that get a lot of moisture like a bathroom. The end result looks similar to caulking.
This is the most widely used in residential settings. It can come in either sanded or unsanded grout. If your grout joints are going to be larger than 1/8-inch-wide, you will want a sanded grout. This will help with cracking and shrinkage. For any grout joints under 1/8-inch-wide, unsanded grout works great. Both of these grouts are porous and should be sealed to protect them from staining and fading.
This is a grout in the middle of the two mentioned above; the best of both worlds. The goal with this grout is to create something that is visually appealing like cementitious grout and durable like the epoxy grout.
Tile & Grout Cleaning & Sealing in Las Vegas, Summerlin, North Las Vegas & Henderson Nevada
No matter what tile and grout you choose for your next project, it is important to maintain them properly in order to get the life span that you want out of your flooring. Having your tile and grout professionally cleaned is one way to keep them in the same condition they were in the day they were installed. Desert Carpet Cleaners not only offers carpet cleaning, but tile and grout cleaning as well. We can help you keep your tile flooring like new. Call us today for an appointment.