Each process has a final stage - design. So, even if you coped perfectly with the laying of the tile, then its appearance will be unpresentable, until all the seams are sealed. It's enough just to cope with this: it is enough to buy a special grout and treat the surface according to the package instructions. But, going to the store, everyone will face the problem of choice, because the range is really impressive. To decide what kind of grout to choose for the tile, you need to have relevant information.
Grouting mixtures are presented in the form of a homogeneous mass, which can be made on the basis of cement or polymers. In addition, there is a distribution on the color palette. Thanks to the grouting, the tiled canvas will find a complete, beautiful look, and it will become a bright accent of the interior of the room. In addition to decorative functions, the mixture will perform and protective - to protect from:
- high humidity;
- sudden changes in temperature;
- dust and dirt;
- sun rays;
- mold and mildew.
Particularly relevant is the stage of sealing seams in rooms with high humidity: a kitchen, a bathroom, a bathroom and a pool.
Mold during active reproduction releases spores into the atmosphere that are harmful to the human body, which can cause both allergies and other diseases.
The entire range can be divided into two large groups with several subgroups.
- portland cement;
- Portland cement and sand.
- epoxy resin;
- furan resin.
In addition, various additives are added to the compositions, due to which, as a result, the troweling mixture has rather high quality indicators:
- homogeneous structure;
- good surface distribution;
- high-quality filling of emptiness;
- uniform drying.
The form of release can be different: paste (ready to use) and dry powder (it is required to be diluted independently with water).
Many decide to replace the grout with a simple sealant or sealant. Previously, these compounds were not particularly popular, as their characteristics and performance were at a low level. Nobody wanted to spend their money and time. Today, thanks to more modernized technologies and innovations, manufacturers have replenished the range of sealants, which are now not inferior in quality to the grout. In addition, the new products are presented in a wider range of colors, which makes it possible to select a suitable shade without any special difficulties. The remains can be easily wiped with a wet sponge.
In addition to the range of components, there is also a breakdown depending on the shades. How to choose the color of grout correctly, so that it is well combined with the laid tile? Only with the right choice of shade will it be possible to easily correct the existing minor flaws during installation, as well as to emphasize the beauty of the new finish. In order not to make a mistake, you should follow simple tips:
- the color on a small sample in a hardware store will appear lighter than in a large area;
- Going for a purchase, grab a tile pattern to be guided by the main color on the walls;
- The classic choice rule is simple: the color of the grout should correspond to the darkest or lightest shade of the tile range;
- with light shades, the elements of the tile will merge slightly, and with dark edging a clear geometric pattern will come out;
- when choosing a sharp contrast between the tile and the grouting mix, you should carefully weigh and think over everything: will it paint the tile and what color will it be after drying;
- White is a universal color, so it is better to stay on it, if the choice was never made.
When self-designing the interior one should not forget about the important generally accepted rule: there should be no more than three primary colors in the interior. What color of grout to choose in this case? Pay attention to special mixes with effects. They will cost a bit more expensive, since they are made on the basis of epoxy resins with the addition of decorative components.
The most accessible and simplest type is mother-of-pearl. Tile joints will glitter and cast mother of pearl. If the composition includes gold or silver chips, it will create a sparkling effect. Particularly interesting effect will be seen if the bathroom has windows and sun rays penetrate inside.
It is better to make a choice in favor of not the shade of the tile, but of furniture or sanitary ware.
An equally important issue, the consideration of which will quickly narrow down the range of choice and make the right purchase. Many manufacturers are ready to offer their customers high-quality products. That is why it is rather difficult to say which brand of grout is better and better. If we talk about the most popular for home use, then this cement mixture. But when finishing tiles in a bathroom or kitchen, it is best to give preference to epoxy grout.
Consider the brands that consumers most often choose:
- Ceresite is one of the most famous brands with a century of history. An important distinction of the products is high quality as well as resistance to ultraviolet radiation.
- Atlas is a popular brand in the domestic market. Grout have excellent performance at an affordable price.
- Mapey - mastic from the Italian company. It is a guarantee of quality and reliability. The advantages are water-repellent properties, which is important for baths and pools.
- Sopro is a German brand with a world name and a great history. Initially, all products on the market were limited to Portland cement, and today this range has been significantly expanded.
In addition, in order to know exactly what kind of grout to choose, you must know in advance some data that will help with the purchase. First of all, answer the following questions:
- On what basis will the tile be installed: strong (brick, concrete and plaster) or deformable (plasterboard structures and self-leveling underfloor heating)?
- What effects will be applied to the surface: mechanical (friction with metal sponges), cleaning with chemicals, exposure to high humidity and high temperatures?
- What material is chosen for facing: marble, ceramic tile, mosaic and other?
- What is the width of the seams?
- What is the size of the tile?
Do not forget to listen to the advice and recommendations of friends, colleagues and relatives who have passed this stage during the repair.
Undoubtedly, the range of mixtures is very large, and the result may be the most unpredictable. The easiest and inconspicuous tile will be able to play with new colors.