“not only does grout fill the voids, it makes the floor, wall, or countertop stronger by bonding the tiles together and preventing the edges of a tile from chipping and cracking,” says david goodman, the tile contractor for this old house’s nantucket project.
What Is the Purpose of Grout?
Grout is a construction material used to fill in the spaces between tiles. It is typically made from a mixture of water, cement, and sand, and can be either pre–mixed or mixed on site.
Grout is used to fill in the joints between tiles in order to create a watertight seal. It is important to choose the right type of grout for the application, as there are different types of grout available for different purposes.
For example, there is epoxy grout, which is ideal for use in wet areas such as showers, and there is non–sanded grout, which is best suited for use in dry areas.
When mixed correctly, grout will harden to form a strong, durable bond between the tiles. It is important to follow the manufacturer‘s instructions when mixing grout, as the wrong ratio of water to cement can result in a weak or crumbly grout.
Once the grout has been mixed, it should be applied to the joints between the tiles using a grout float. The float should be held at a 45 degree angle and the grout pushed into the joints, making sure to fill all the spaces.
Once the grout has been applied, any excess should be wiped away with