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Contractor Grade Tile Tools: Buy The Right Type of Grout FirstSo you've heeded our advice and bought yourself some professional grade tile tools. Give yourself a pat on the back! Time to get tiling? Almost. You've come a long way but there's one more point to consider.
Here's a tip from a professional tiling contractor. It may sound obvious, but make sure you choose the right type of grout. You need to make sure you've got the right type of grout. You wouldn't fill a petrol-fuelled Mercedes with diesel, would you? Grout is used for a multitude of joining functions needed for construction work. For tiling purposes, grout is the material that we use to seal joints between tiles and is made up of a mixture of water, cement, sand and sometimes also color tint and fine gravel.
Grout is different to other joint pastes because it creates a waterproof seal, making it ideal for connecting tiles on floors and walls. It comes in three main forms: unsanded, sanded and epoxy. Unsanded grout is used for grout lines smaller than 1/8 inch in width. It is also the easiest to work with on vertical surfaces because it is more sticky than other types of grout. Sanded grout is more versatile and can be used for any grout size larger than 1/8 inch. As the name suggests, sanded grout has fine sand added to it which stops it from shrinking too much while it cures. Watch out, though, this type of grout is rougher on your hands than the unsanded variety. Epoxy grout is made out of epoxy resins and filler powder. It is very durable and also stain-proof. It is stronger than other types of grout but can be tricky to get it set up in a grout joint compared to others and it can cost up to five times as much as standard grouts. Now that we've given you some information about grout, how about grouting tools?
Grouting Tile ToolsA grout float is one tool you'll need for your tile project. Make sure you have one of these as part of the collection of professional grade tile tools you will need.
Always make sure that you do your prep work before you start a tiling project. One of the best things you can do is buy contractor grade tile tools.
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