Whether it is on the floors or the walls, most homes across the world use tile products to add aesthetic value. As manufacturers continue to produce quality products and technology allows advances in the tile industry, we can expect for the use of tile to increase steadily.
Perhaps one of the biggest complaints from homeowners with tile floors and walls is that the grout, which holds the tiles together, quickly becomes cracked or mildewed. Why is it a challenge to keep grout looking just as clean as the day of installation? This usually happens if an economy-grade grout is not capable of adequately supporting the joints surrounding the tile.
There are approximately seven types of grout; however, if you desire your tiled walls and floors to look great over the next couple of years, you should purchase a high-performance grout. Here is why:
Drawbacks of Standard Grout Products
Standard-quality grouts are popular because they are specially formulated for ease of use. These grout products usually require very little working time or they dry quickly during installation. While standard grout does contain polymer, it is not created using the latest advances in polymer technology, which is vital to ensure great color consistency.
Many standard grout products can be porous, especially cement-based grout. Therefore, you can expect a standard grout product to be more prone to staining. Depending on the product, it also may not be able to defend itself against moisture and mold.
Why Select a High-Quality Grout?
Using a high-quality grout is important for a tile installation project. Of course, as a homeowner, you want the grout to be aesthetically pleasing, and it should not stain easily when exposed to normal household liquids and dirt. What many homeowners realize is that grout does not just fill the void between tiles, but it bonds tiles together and prevents the edges from chipping.
In the last few years, grouts have advanced significantly. High-performance grouts, especially when combined with a quality sealant can be easy to clean, offer vibrant color saturation and consistency.