Not All Tile Grout is Created Equal
When I’m working with a client on a ceramic, porcelain, or natural stone project, one of the final selections we’ll discuss is grout. We’ll save selecting the right color of grout for another time. Right now we’ll focus on the TYPE of grout. Yes, there’s more than one type of grout!
Standard, sanded or un-sanded grouts are fine for the most part, however, they do have a few short-comings. First, since they’re cement-based products, they are very rigid and not very flexible. This could cause your grout to chip and crack easier over time. Another issue is that these standard grouts are susceptible to stains, because they are porous. In the past, the only solution was to seal your grout, which needs to be done every couple years, or just pick a dark colored grout that LOOKED cleaner longer.
There are now better grouts out there that fix both of these issues. Epoxy grouts, urethane grouts, and silicone-based grouts are the latest and greatest in the world of tile grout. They are not only more durable, but more flexible than standard tile grout. They are also much more stain resistant than standard grouts. Some of these products come pre-mixed for quicker installation and a more consistent coloration. Most can be used in both interior and exterior applications. They are all also available in a large array of colors, including the light colors that most are afraid of using in a standard grout! Just ask your flooring specialist about these great products.