GGCL Guide: What kind of grout is best for porcelain floor tiles
GLAZED PORCELAIN TILES have now been the most popular construction material for a while. Just like you have been getting options in the material from which the wall and floor tiles are made like ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles, similarly, you also have options in choosing the grout. It is imperative that you choose the ideal grout depending on the tiles you are using, where you are laying them down, etc. For porcelain floor tiles, you have three different types of grouting options viz. The Cement Grout, The Latex Grout and The Epoxy Grout. You should choose one of these based on your requirement.
The cement grout: The cement grout is the most widely used grout for indoor and outdoor installations since ages now. The primary reason for the cement grout is so widely used because of its lesser cost as compared to all the other options. The only downside to using cement grout is that the cement-based grout is porous which makes it susceptible to changes in weather and heavy traffic. Cement grout needs to be sealed regularly to keep it from cracking, crumbling, or taking on dirt, grime, and moisture that can cause mould. Although cement-based grout is a lower-cost alternative, in the long run, it could end up costing more money.
Latex modified grout: The latex modifies cement grout is almost same as the sanded cement-based grout. The main difference is that the latex-modified grout is laced with latex polymer which is either incorporated into the pre-mixed powder or added during mixing. The addition of the latex increases water resistance.
Epoxy grout: The epoxy grout is generally considered as the most superior choice for any kind of tile projects. The reason being epoxy grout is durable, doesn't need to be sealed, is stain and chemical resistant, and can withstand high traffic and moist areas.