If you are working on a tiling project in your home, picking the right grout is essential. It could be the difference between a job that looks great and stands up to the test of time as opposed to, well a job that has a sloppy look and falls apart within a few months.
This article will review some of the things you should look for when determining what is the best grout for your job and to ensure you get the best results possible.
Pick the Right Color
Less of a technical issue and more of an aesthetic one, making the right color choice can go a long way when it comes to your finished product.
There are many color choices available and the one you end up going with will be matter of personal choice. However, it’s a wise idea to take a look at some interior design blogs to get an idea of how the color of your grout will affect the overall look of your tiling.
Try an Acrylic Modified Grout
A common installation problem occurs when installers assume that grout has set because it looks and feels dry. However, like any cement product, grout needs at least 28 days to cure. During this time, it will need moisture. If it does not remain moist, it will become chalky, porous and brittle.
And while it’s necessary to keep grout moist, the moisture contributes to the potential for mold and mildew to grow.
Installers can solve this problem by using a polymer modified grout.
Polymers retain moisture so they achieve a better cure. They increase bond strength and plug up pores.
To further ensure grout retains moisture, cover the wet grout with a plastic sheet. This will keep the moisture in. You can also apply a bit of water every so often.
Do not apply grout sealers for at least 28 days or you will disturb the curing process. Also, be sure to follow all installation instructions carefully when sealing.
Are Epoxy Grouts Recommended?
Epoxy grouts are a preferred choice for many homeowners because they are porous and do not require moisture to set. However, they tend to be inflexible so they will not work well with tiles that are prone to cracking like glass and mosaic tiles.
Epoxy grout is also known to be difficult to install. It is very sticky, so installation and cleaning are difficult. Epoxy’s toxic odor has also been known to contribute to respiratory problems.
Advancements have been made in the manufacturing of epoxy and there are now products available that are more flexible and may better suit your needs.
If you are working on a grouting job, starting with the right materials can make all the difference. Hopefully this article has provided you with information that will start you off on the right foot. We wish you luck in getting a finished product that will stand up to the test of time.
For more helpful tips on grout and flooring check out our other blog articles!