Grout... What's it all about?
You’ve spent so much time deciding what stone you’d like to be laid for your project, but have you thought about what grout you will be using? Grout is a really important part of any tile installation and at Whitehall, we are here to help you decide on the right type of grout for your next project. If you have invested in a beautiful new flooring - it only makes sense to ensure that the grout you have is of the highest quality too.
Choosing the right grout for your flooring can be a process of trial and error. You’ll want to make sure that you're using a grout that's durable, easy to clean, and will stand up to the elements. You’ll also want to ensure that you choose a grout that compliments your stone and interior palette in terms of colour.
What is grout and what does it do?
Grout is a dense mixture of cement which is used to fill in gaps in all sorts of building work. It is applied soft and hardens over time, eventually forming a hard concrete. Grout is designed to keep your floor tiles watertight and in place, ensuring that they do not come loose or let in any unwanted moisture.
When laying a floor, grout is a necessity in ensuring that your floor tiles stay in place - grout is incredibly hard wearing and essential when laying floor tiles. Using grout between your tiles also keeps your flooring watertight.
Maintaining your grout is just as important as maintaining the stone itself. Cleaning regularly will keep your grout in the best condition possible. As with our stone, we recommend that you gather advice from the grout supplier about the best products to use on your chosen grout. It’s also worth resealing your grout every couple of years to protect it from damaging elements such as mould, dirt and moisture. If you notice any particular areas of your grout is damaged, it’s best to repair the area as soon as possible to avoid more extreme damage.
If you aren't aware already, grout comes in all sorts of colours, meaning you can create a look that compliments your stone and interior palette as you wish. If you have a light coloured stone, you may be inclined to choose a lighter coloured grout too, creating a seamless look throughout your space. Alternatively a darker grout would be great for creating a contrasting look - it really is down to personal preference and the look you are wanting to achieve. If you are unsure on what colour grout will compliment your stone, get in touch with one of our flooring experts who will be able to advise you accordingly.
At Whitehall, we’ve worked with a lot of different grout suppliers over the years, however, a firm favourite that we recommend to our customers is Grout 3000 by Tilemaster Adhesives which is highly versatile and fast setting. We stock this grout and we also have samples available for you to see with your own eyes at our showroom in Herefordshire, making it easy for you to see what each colour looks like against your chosen stone. If you are thinking of visiting us, take a look here for our location and opening times.
If you have any queries or questions regarding your flooring and grout options, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our specialist team. Email email@example.com or give us a call on 01432 870 855. We look forward to hearing from you!