Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Contractor Grade Tile Tools 101 (Contd.)

Contractor grade tile tools are more than durable, they are also fairly easy to use.

A Grouting Float is Just One Example
of Contractor Grade Tile Tools |

What is the Difference Between Regular and Contractor Grade Tile Tools?  

First off, the amount of time that you can use them successfully.  They are also a lot easier to use.  For example if you buy contractor grade tile tools they will be easy to grip without the handle sliding around in your hands or being too wide to fit easily in the palm of your hand.

You might laugh because your hands aren't exactly petite, but you'd be surprised by how many times somebody injured themselves because they couldn't keep a good grip on the tools that they were using. That sort of thing tends to negate the positive benefits of doing the work yourself. It's a safety issue so, whenever you get a chance while shopping for tile tools, pick one up to make sure it's not going to slide out of your hands or become a hazard when you get sweaty palms.

Grout Tools and Grout Lines

One example that you should consider is grout. Now, granted, grout might not be what you think of as a tool as such, but this is basically what holds the tile together when you're handling jobs like redoing the tile in your shower. You're probably not buying the totally cheap stuff because you want it to actually do the job of holding the tiles together.   You will also want a professional grade grouting tool as well.

Some contractors prefer un-sanded grout because it's less likely to scratch polished tiles, easier to work with and stickier than the sanded variety, making it a better option for handling vertical tiles when the grout line is less than 1/8” wide. Basically, it's efficient when you're working with it and strong enough to hold tiles together when the lines aren't very wide. For grout lines wider than 1/8”, though, the grout should be sanded to avoid damage caused by grout shrinkage. When the lines are too wide for the un-sanded version, you want to go for the durability of sanded grout so the tiled panels don't start falling apart because the grout shrank. Choosing tile tools should be a lot like choosing the grout you use. You choose the best for the job and, in cases where you want to make sure you're handling a large job well, that will mean contractor grade.

Ultimately, if you're doing a tiling project, the right tools can make all of the difference in how well your project goes off.  If you go cheap and buy lower grade tools, you'll likely end up with a lower grade tiling project.  However, if you buy contractor grade tile tools, you can expect professional results.

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