Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Contractor Grade Tile Tools and the Right Type of Grout

While we talk a lot about selecting the right tools, particularly contractor-grade tile tools, it's also important that you consider the grout that you use.
Buying the Right Grout is as Important As
Contractor Grade Tile Tools |

How Many Types of Grout Are There?

How many types of grout are there?  According to the site The Floor Elf:
"There are three basic types of grout available for your tile installation. They are:

Non-Sanded (also known as Unsanded)

Choosing the correct grout for your particular installation will not only complete the job correctly, it will also cut down on maintenance. Properly installed and sealed grout will last for the life of your tile. So which to use and when? Non-Sanded (or Unsanded) Grout Unsanded grout 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 need to make sure that the application for which you are using it is correct. Sanded Grout Sanded Grout is 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. No, not Seinfeld shrinkage, grout 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 travertine, you should be careful about using sanded grout. While sanded may be the correct choice 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. Or use epoxy which would be a better choice anyway. "


How Can You Buy Grout?

Buying grout also depends on the project in question. As to where you can buy grout, one of the best ways to get it is to buy it online.

The better websites will let you buy both grout and tile tools in the same place.

So remember, you want the right materials for your tiling project.  You want the right tile, the right grout, and most importantly of all, the right tile tools for the job.

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