Choosing the right grout and adhesive for floor tiling 

For floor tiling that is solid, secure and durable, the right grout and adhesive are both essential. This can make a positive difference to the visual appearance of your tiles, as well as the practicality and functionality of the floor tiling. But what should you consider when choosing the right grout and adhesive for floor tiling? And how can you make the right choice for your space and requirements?

What are the important considerations when choosing the right grout and adhesive for floor tiling?

There are several different considerations to take into account when choosing the grout and adhesive for your floor tiling. These include:

  • The choice of adhesive
  • The choice of  grout 

Choosing the right adhesive 

For floor tiling, the right adhesive will need to provide flexibility and strength, depending on the type of tiles used, and the tiling surface. Adhesives that are cement based are a popular choice for both ceramic and porcelain tiles, and these are often combined with water or a latex additive to improve flexibility and strength. For natural stone tiles, like marble or granite, a rapid-setting adhesive is advisable to prevent staining and discolouration.

If you have underfloor heating, the adhesive you choose will need to be able to withstand the expansion and contraction caused by temperature changes. For this, flexible adhesion is a fantastic option. 

For rooms that are often wetter or moister, like kitchens and bathrooms, it’s important to choose waterproof or water-resistant adhesives to prevent water ingress and potential damage.

Grout selection

Grout fills the gaps between tiles and is available in a wide range of different types, each suited for specific applications. Cement-based grout, available in sanded and unsanded varieties, is a popular choice. Sanded grout, which contains sand particles, is suitable for wider joints (typically 3mm or wider) and provides added strength. Unsanded grout, being smoother, is ideal for narrow joints (less than 3mm).

Epoxy grout is another option, offering superior durability, stain resistance, and water resistance, making it ideal for high-traffic areas and wet environments like bathrooms and kitchens. 

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