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Not all Premixed Grouts are Equal

06 Oct

Posted by
Tom Plaskota
Technical Support Manager

Not all Premixed Grouts are Equal

There are four basic types of grout in the market – Cement Grout (sanded or unsanded); Advanced Performance Grout; Epoxy Grout and Premixed Grout (or single-component). With different installation requirements on the jobsite, it is important to understand, which grout suits the project best in order to prevent later failures. The following gives an overview of Premixed Grouts and their specific benefits for tile installations.

Premixed Grout is designed to meet the needs of contractors and installers as it requires no slaking or mixing, once done, it can be resealed and used for touch-ups or future jobs.

There is a common misconception that Premixed Grouts don’t have high performing qualities but they provide a number of benefits for tile-flooring projects including stain, mildew and mold resistance, high durability and a broad color selection. All premixed grouts are either polymer resin-based or urethane-based. Most premixed grouts are efflorescence free. They can be used in many applications and are especially suitable when color consistency is essential. Best for countertops, backsplashes or walls and floors in kitchens and bathrooms.

There is a number of different Premixed Grouts in the market, all with different benefits for specific tile projects. Some higher performing premixed grouts are formulated to withstand exterior or commercial environments or submerged applications.

The following shows the variations of premixed grouts in more detail. For more information read the product label and application instructions before using them to ensure the suitability for your project.

TEC® InColor™ Advanced Performance Tile Grout

The recently expanded color palette of TEC® InColor™ now offers 32 different colors and is a high performance ready-to-use, premixed product that can be used for residential or commercial use, interior or exterior. InColor™ is easy to clean, mold and mildew resistant, color resistant, crack resistant, stain-proof, chemical resistant and requires no sealing. This universal formula can be used for floors and walls for grouting joints 1⁄16" to 1⁄2" (1.6-12 mm).

TEC® Design FX™ grout 

TEC® Design FX™ grout is another variation of high performance premixed grout that accentuates the natural beauty of glass, mosaic, metal tiles, ceramic, porcelain, and the most natural stone tile. Design FX™ is stain proof; therefore there is no need to seal it.  It is approved for moderate commercial use and for interior and exterior applications.  In addition to being mold and mildew resistant, it can be immersed in water for use in swimming pools and the like. In terms of design, you can match the tile with colors including Crystal, Silver, and Bronze. TEC® Design FX™ Grout is best to use in tile joints from 1⁄16" to 1⁄2" (1.6-12 mm) on floors and 1⁄16" to 1⁄4" (1.6-6 mm) on walls.

Conclusion

The step to ensure a successful grout installation is to understand which type of grout is best for your job. While an architect or building owner may have a preferred grout, it’s important to know what’s available to you that might better meet the specific needs of a job.

Watch our “How to Properly Select Grout” video created in collaboration with NTCA that gives you an overview of the four basic grout products available and their features and benefits for you. 

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