How to Grout?
To fill the space in between the tiles is known as grouting which is done with materials that mostly come in powder form; although, there are premixed containers also available for grouting. The key here is to have a perfect grout irrespective of whichever grouting material you choose is to thoroughly follow the mixing instructions given by the manufacturer.
Types of Grouting
As there is a huge plethora of tiles available for bathroom and kitchen, similarly there are various options in grout as well. The grouts are made of natural materials like cement and sand or the polymers and epoxy known as the synthetics.
The mixing of cement, sand and water is the traditional method of preparing grout. A grout float is used to apply it, It is then applied using a grout float which generally takes a day to dry requiring a professional tiler.
The various types of grouts are:
- Cement Grouting
Using pressure, injecting the cement to fill fractures and voids in concrete structures is known as cement grouting.
- Chemical Grouting
Transforming the soil granules into sandstone like masses to fill the voids with non-particulate and low viscosity grout is known as chemical grouting.
- Resin Grouting
The resin-based grouts are the third type of grouts consisting of epoxy resin mixed with a fille. Now this filler entirely depends on the grout brand used.
- Bentonite Grout
Sodium Bentonite which is specially formulated for grouting purpose is known as bentonite grout.
- Bituminous Grouting
A grout that consists of bituminous material which acts as a binder along with the sandy mineral matter which acts as an aggregate is known as bituminous grouting used to pour once heated.
- Materials Used in Grouting
There are various kinds of grouts serving various purposes. The different types of materials used in grouting are:
- Cementitious Grouts
- Sanded Grout
- Unsanded Grout
- Latex Modified Grout
- Chemical Grouts
- Epoxy Grout
- Acrylic Grout
- Furan Grout
- Polyester Grouts
- Non-shrink Grout
Advantage of Grouting
- It can be done on any kind if flooring
- It is useful to control structural damage as it does not induce vibrations
- The improvements can be easily measured in the grounded structures
- It is the best option for limited space and meagre headroom applications
- It is used to control the seepage, groundwater flow and hazardous waste materials
It is a challenging task to maintain the tile and grout as it demands expensive cleaning materials and equipment which is generally not easily available to the homeowners.
That is when professionals like us come into play as they have the tools to ensure optimal performance. Efficiency, Expertise and Experience are the 3 main parameters that has made Precious Tiling and Waterproofing an in-demand service provider of Sydney giving a lifespan of tile and grout improving the aesthetic value of your property.