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Grout Greatness: Choosing the

Right Type for Your Tiles

Eduardo Portillo • Dec 20, 2023

Grout Greatness: Choosing the Right Type for Your Tiles

When it comes to tile installation, the grout is just as important as the tiles themselves. Grout fills the spaces between tiles, holding them together and preventing moisture and debris from getting underneath. But not all grout is created equal. Different types of grout cater to various needs, aesthetics, and maintenance levels. In this 600-word article, we'll explore the different grout options available in the market and what it takes to maintain them, ensuring your tiled surfaces remain beautiful and durable for years to come.

Types of Grout

1. Sanded Grout Sanded grout is a popular choice for flooring and walls where the grout lines are wider than 1/8 inch. The sand in the grout provides extra stability and strength, making it ideal for heavy traffic areas or large format tiles. It's less likely to shrink and crack compared to unsanded grout. However, sanded grout can be rough to the touch and might scratch delicate tiles during installation. Maintenance-wise, it requires regular sealing to resist stains and moisture.

2. Unsanded Grout Unsanded grout, also known as non-sanded grout, is best for narrow grout lines up to 1/8 inch wide. It's smoother than sanded grout, making it a good choice for delicate tiles like glass or polished stone that could be scratched. Unsanded grout is stickier than sanded, which helps it stay put in vertical applications. Like sanded grout, it needs sealing to protect against stains and water damage.

3. Epoxy Grout Epoxy grout is composed of epoxy resins and a filler powder, making it extremely durable and resistant to stains and chemicals. It's an excellent choice for areas exposed to harsh conditions, like commercial kitchens or bathrooms with heavy use. Epoxy grout doesn't require sealing and is less porous than cement-based grouts, making it easier to clean. However, it has a more complex installation process and a higher price point.

4. Furan Grout Furan grout, made with polymers of fortified alcohols, is designed for extreme conditions and industrial applications. It's highly resistant to chemicals and temperatures, making it suitable for laboratories, dairies, or meat processing plants. This type of grout is the least porous and most durable but also the most difficult to work with and install. It requires a special cleaner for maintenance and is not commonly used in residential settings.

Maintenance Levels

The maintenance of grout largely depends on the type you choose:

- Sanded and Unsanded Grout: These require regular cleaning with pH-neutral cleaners and periodic sealing to prevent staining and water penetration. Sealant should be reapplied every one to two years, depending on the level of traffic and exposure to moisture.

- Epoxy Grout: Epoxy grout is low-maintenance, thanks to its non-porous nature. It can be cleaned with mild cleaners and doesn't require sealing. However, it may discolor over time if exposed to direct sunlight, so it's essential to consider its placement.

- Furan Grout: Furan grout needs minimal maintenance due to its chemical-resistant properties. It can be cleaned with specialized cleaners designed for furan grout, but these are typically more potent and require careful handling.

In conclusion, the right grout choice can make a significant difference in the longevity and appearance of your tiled surfaces. Whether you opt for sanded, unsanded, epoxy, or furan grout, understanding the maintenance required will help you keep your tiles looking their best. For expert advice and installation, contact Moreno's 5 Star Flooring. Our team, led by Eduardo Portillo, offers exceptional tile craftsmanship and services the Scottsdale, Arizona area, including Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, Arcadia, Biltmore, Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, and Queen Creek. Let us help you achieve the perfect finish for your tile project.

Moreno's 5 Star Flooring LLC is the premier tile installation company based in Arizona. We specialize in all aspects of tile installation, from ceramic tile to natural stone. Our services include bathroom and kitchen tile installation, tile flooring, custom tile backsplashes, and much more. Let us show you why we are the best tile installation company in Arizona.


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