Tiles don’t reveal their true beauty until the very last step in the tiling process has been completed and that of course is when the grout has been applied and the tiles are cleaned off. The grouting process may seem like a small part of your tiling project, but it really does bring the whole look of your wall and floor tiles together.
Grouting is an important part of tiling for a number of reasons:
- Grout gaps are essential to allow for any movement that may affect your tiles.
- Grout can help to protect your walls from water penetration.
- Grout can enhance and complement the look of your tiles.
Grout is available in various colours, so that you can choose something that will suit your requirements. Most people choose a fresh white or ivory grout if they are tiling a wall, but when it comes to floor tiling often a grey grout is better as this will hide any dirt or grime that may occur from consistent foot traffic over time.
Not all grout is the same, so it is essential that you check that the grout you have chosen is suitable for its intended purpose.
If you are tiling onto a surface that will be subjected to movement such as areas with underfloor heating, wooden floorboards or plywood overlay then you will need a grout that has flexible properties that is suitable for use with floor tiles.
If you are using glass tiles or glass mosaics then a finely sanded flexible grout is best.
Floor grouts tend to be more grainy and gritty than those used for wall tiles.