Tile flooring is a staple of the American home.
It comes in a wide variety of shapes, styles and patterns, so no matter your taste there is a tile to suit your design preferences. Along with the versatile design options, tile flooring will last longer than other floor options. It is both durable and reliable as an option for the floors in your house. In addition to the design benefits of choosing tile, the flooring option is easy to maintenance.
If you already have tile or are looking to install tile, it is essential that you understand how to grout. It is as important as picking the right tile for your home. The best tile can only go as far the grout work that holds it in place.
Despite sounding daunting, doing grout work is a simple and easy process that is as painless as it is necessary. I will walk you through a few scenarios in which grout work will be needed to complete your DIY project.
Installing new tile
Tile installation can be a weekend project in some parts of your home. This is the case in small bathrooms or kitchens. While installing new tile floors can be handled by most homeowners, it is slightly trickier than it appears. To do a high-quality job installing new tile, you must know the ins-and-outs of the project.
First things first, you will need the proper set of tools and materials to ensure tile looks good and is functional. Here is a list of what you will need to start your project:
- Tile adhesive
- A roller
- Notch trowel
- Mixing trowel
- Tile cutter
- Grout float
- Buckets to mix grout, adhesive
- Backing screws
Before beginning, measure the floor to see how to configure the tile. Next, add a layer of cement board underlayment to provide an even, level surface for the tile. Mix your tile adhesive and apply to underlayment. Attach it with backing screws to hold it in place. Then, it is time to configure your tile. Lay the border tile first to see how the interior pieces will fit together. It is then time to cut your interior tile to the proper size and shape with your tile cutter. This is done to get an even distribution of your pieces.
Now apply mortar to the floor to adhere to the tile. Then, lay each piece of tile above it to sink into the mortar. After laying your tile pieces, let the mortar underneath dry for 24 hours to ensure the pieces are locked in place. It is now time to grout your tile. Apply your grout mixture to the seams in between your tile pieces. Use a grout float to apply the grout to the tile joints. Trim any excess grout from the area. Then wipe away any unwanted grouting. You now have a fresh, newly tiled floor.
Repairing grout work
Installing new flooring is not the only time grouting is necessary for home owners. Pre-existing grout from previous tile work breaks down over time. Eventually, you will need to repair your grouting to ensure your tile remains functional and looking good. While certainly less complicated than laying new flooring, re-grouting your tile floors can be a difficult process. Here are some tools and materials that you will need to correctly fix your grout-work:
- Mult-tool for removing old grout
- Grout mix
- Putty knife
- Grout float
- Buckets to mix grout
First, it is necessary to remove the old grouting from you floor. You can do this with the Bosch multi-tool, which works by jarring dried grout loose before clearing it away. From here, you will want to clean away the old grout debris. It is now time for applying the grout. Lay the mixture in the grout seams. Remove excess grout with your putty knife. Tamp down the mixture with your grout float. Wash away any grout debris with a damp sponge.
Now that you have an idea about some of the situations in which you will need to apply grout in your home, it is time to discuss the options for grout mixtures. The best option is the Spectralock Pro Premium Grout. I have found that it consistently is the strongest, most durable grout on the market. Along with a premium finish, the Spectralock Pro Premium Grout is easy to mix and apply. It is the premier option for any grout work that you are tackling around your home.