Have you wondered what keeps dirt and debris out from entering under your tiles?
It’s grout that does that particular job!! These are used to fill the lining between your tiles to keep these joints sealed. Grouts are types of fillers or dense fluids used to fill these joints on your tiles after these have been installed on your walls or floors. Through this article we’ll be seeing more about grouts and their types and which are best for which sort of tiles.
But before we go further through the article. Let’s answer a very common question that most people ask that is “Can you tile without grout?”
The answer is “NO.” You should not tile without using grout. Grouts might not put stability on your tiles but still you should use it.
As we go through the article we’ll know more about these.
Types of Grouts and It’s Uses On Tiles.
Grouts are mostly of 4 types.
- Fine sanded.
1. Unsanded Grouts.
As the name suggests, unsanded grouts have no sand present in them. They are mainly used for delicate tiles and also for glass tiles. Although sealing is not required in such tiles but it’s highly recommended if you use unsanded grouts.
Kitchen or bathroom tiles, rectified tiles, shower wall, shower pan, bathroom wall. These are the places where unsanded grout is highly recommended.
Unsanded grout is very best for very thin grout lines that range from 1/8 inch down to 1/16 inch. Unsanded grout works best on vertical surfaces (i.e tiled shower walls).
As these grouts don’t contain silica filler, so it works best on scratchable surfaces such as ceramic tiles, glass, metal and marble tiles.
Although it’s comparatively expensive than sanded grouts and there are also less color choices.
2. Fine Sanded Grouts.
These grouts contain fine sand and it should be your best choice for most of the tiles. This is because it provides a tight lock between the joints of the tiles. And it’s very cheap compared to unsanded grouts.
Sanded grouts are applicable on bathroom and kitchen tiles and also on shower pans.True as it’s named, these contain silica sand and chemicals.
So as these contain sand particles, they have the ability to lock with each other, hence forming a rigid joint between the tiles.
Such grouts should be used for resisting water to enter underneath the tiles. This sort of grout should be your optimum option for general tile use such as for your floors and walls.
These are available and very affordable. Sanded grouts also come in various ranges of mixed colors. In fact, in many ways they are very useful compared to unsanded grouts as they are very rigid and can hold the joints of the tiles more firmly.
Grout widths range from 1/8 inch up to 1/2 inch. But if the grout line width is more than 1/2 inch then there is a chance that it might crack as it can’t hold the grout firmly enough.
Sanded grouts are preferred to be used on such tiles where the sand scratches do not matter much.
3. Furan Grouts.
If you have seen brick pavers then you must have noticed a wax coating over them. Over that coating, furan grouts are used. These are mainly used for brick pavers and quarry tiles.
Since furan grouts consist of no water. So they are available in two parts.
- Furan resin
- Filler powder with an acid catalyst.
But they are very difficult to install, so furan grouts are mostly used for industrial purposes such as laboratories, diaries, and meat-packing plants
Safety measures are really necessary when dealing with installing these grouts. As when these grouts are mixed to be applied, they release harmful vapors.
As these grouts are used for industrial purposes. So it’s natural for the expenditure to be high. The costs might range from $3 to $5 per square foot of grouting and sealing if required.
4. Epoxy Grouts.
This is one of the best grouts among all four. These are made up of epoxy resins combined with a filler powder. For this reason, they are water-resistant and also resists any sort of stains on the tiles.
It’s an idle option for splash backs, floors, and high traffic areas. Although compared to other grouts it’s quite complicated to be applied. And why shouldn’t it be?? Epoxy grouts are more expensive than any other grouts.These grouts are very long-lasting and will protect your tiles’ joints for a long time. The cost of these grouts can be around $8 per pound. Although the color of this grout is constant. There is not much choice for it. But epoxy grout color will surely enhance your mosaic tiles.
It surely is handy!!
Hope, this article has helped you to know the different types of grouts and their proper applications on different types of tiles.