Firstly what is grout?
Grout is a cement based mixture that fills in gaps. It comes in a variety of different formulas: such as sanded and un-sanded, but there are many more.
Many people think that grouting is a type of waterproof sealer but in fact, it's not! It's also not just a gap filler. It is used to fulfil a variety of needs, and can also be applied for an aesthetic effect as well, with a range of colour options to suit your needs. Grout is used when the final steps of tile installation is complete and is the most important.
What gaps are we talking about and where?
The gaps between ceramic, stone and glass tiles. Mostly common in household rooms such as:
How come it is applied once the final steps of installation is complete?
It is done after this stage because grout is mainly used to keep tiles in its place. Grout can also keep out water that could potentially damage the tiles and even the wall behind. If water gets underneath the tiles it can lead to some considerable problems. Ranging from the cosmetic fault of efflorescence, to the swelling, cracking and eventual delamination of the surface.
If you're having issues with your tiles cracking, or gathering efflorescence, get in touch with BellMont and organise a diagnostic inspection to start solving the problems.