Entering the bathroom, most often we see that it has been repaired using tiles, this also includes the mosaic. Such widespread use of tiles is associated with the ease of use - it is easy to wash, tolerates moisture, is durable, does not cause allergies and many other advantages.
When buying a tile, you should take the utmost responsibility and do not forget about the necessity and importance of grouting, since it is she who gives a finished and neat look to your repair.
In this article we will share with you tips and tricks on how to make the right choice of grout for tiles in a bathroom and why it is needed.
Grout is a dry mix, both cement and epoxy can serve as a basis for it.
The main purpose is filling the joints at the junction of the tiles. In addition to the aesthetic function, this is done so that moisture does not fall into the seams, which creates favorable conditions for the growth of mold, bacteria and fungi. In addition to this, the correct grout can create the illusion of perfectly laid tiles, even if there are any problems related to uneven walls or improper installation.
Grout is divided into two main types, depending on the base, which have their own characteristics and specificity of application, it is important to take this into account when choosing
Cement mixture is more popular among consumers, primarily because of its lower cost, in addition to this, it is easier and more pliable in work. It is necessary to add water or latex to the purchased death (optional), stir to the desired consistency, excluding lumps and the grout is ready to work.
For convenience, in hardware stores you can find already prepared occipital mixtures (sold in a bucket or in the form of a briquette). The finished mixture has its own characteristics, it is undoubtedly convenient, but it costs somewhat more than a dry one, you also need to calculate the amount correctly, because the excess will dry out and become unusable.
Cement grout for tiles are intended for both narrow joints (no more than 5 millimeters) and wide ones. If the seam is large enough, then it is necessary to grout it using mixtures that include sand (the wider the seam, the larger the sand particles). You can pick up compositions in which fungicides go, which are excellent defenders against mold and mildew.
If you decide to use a cement grout, grout, it is better at the final stage to treat the surface with a water repellent - a specialized composition to impart water-repellent properties to the surface.
In this form, the most popular is the mixture in which epoxy resins can be found.There are other types of "epoxies", but they are no longer so common, for example, furan are used in industrial production, factories and plants when incredible durability is required.
The composition of such grouts includes a hardener, epoxy resin and a coloring element (it may also be lacking if we are talking about a non-colored grout).
Consists of a cement mixture, which must be diluted using a latex plasticizer.
This type of grout is distinguished by its extra strong strength, it is used mainly for external finishing of joints.
Professional handkerchiefs with many years of experience advise when choosing a grout for a bathroom to opt for epoxy mixtures. They, unlike cement ones, are more resistant to household chemicals, various contaminants, ultraviolet rays. For flooring, it is better to choose cement grout.
The color of the grout is selected based on the main color of the tile, the shade of the grout mixture can be either identical to the tile, or be contrasting, all depends on the design taste and personal preference of the buyer.
In addition to the base in the grout, a coloring element is used, which is responsible for the color and its saturation. In addition, you can set the shade yourself using white or gray grout and a colored dye (color), if the store does not have the required shade.
In this case, it was about cement compositions, with epoxy ones, the situation is different. It is not desirable, impossible, to create the color of the epoxy grout on your own. Manufacturers try to present the color range as widely as possible, including adding shiny particles, getting the effect of gold, silver and others.
Still, there is one trick, if the color is very saturated, then you can buy a colored and white grout from one manufacturer, mixing them in the required proportions, you can achieve the required shade.
If you have used mosaic in your bathroom design, it is better to choose a transparent grout, which is made from glass. In fact, it is conventionally called transparent, the fact is that after drying, the seams take on the color of the tiles being rubbed. This mixture can be used if the size of the seams does not exceed 2 millimeters.
Thus, if you understand all the nuances, then the choice of grout for tiles in the bathroom will not be a laborious and dreary process, on the contrary, it will become a pleasant pastime, a useful experience for a lifetime.
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