Tile grout is a type of material used to fill the spaces between tiles on a floor or wall. It is often made of a mixture of cement, water, and sand, and is used to provide a finished and sealed look to the tiled surface. Grout is available in a variety of colors, allowing it to match or contrast with the tiles being used. It is an important part of the tiling process, as it helps to protect the tiles from moisture and other types of damage.
There are different types of grout available, including cement-based grout, epoxy grout, and urethane grout. Cement-based grout is the most common type and is suitable for most applications. Epoxy grout is more durable and resistant to stains, but is more expensive and more difficult to work with. Urethane grout is also more expensive and is best used in areas that will be subjected to heavy wear and tear, such as in commercial or industrial settings.
Except for these, there are two more types of grout, sanded and unsanded.
Sanded grout: This type of grout is made with sand and a cement or epoxy binder. It is typically used for grout lines that are wider than 1/8 inch.
Unsanded grout: This type of grout is made without sand and is typically used for grout lines that are 1/8 inch or narrower.
For more information about sanded and unsanded, you can review our article explaining the difference between them.
Applying grout to a tiled surface requires some skill and attention to detail. The tiles should be clean and dry before grouting, and the grout should be mixed to the correct consistency. It is then applied to the tiles using a rubber grout float, and excess grout should be wiped away with a damp sponge. After the grout has hardened for a period of time, it should be sealed to protect it from moisture and stains.
Grout is an important component of a tiled surface and plays a crucial role in the overall appearance and durability of the finished project. Properly installed and maintained grout can help to ensure that a tiled surface looks good and performs well for many years.