Wall And Floor Tiles Are Only As Strong As The Grouting Used

Quality grouting will help to preserve wall and floor tilesModern wall and floor tiles are fairly tough, and once installed they can remain almost as new for generations. Forget years.

These tiles do have three areas that often let them down: the base on which they are installed, the adhesive used to attach tiles to their base, and the grouting used between tiles. I’d like to focus on the latter today since that can have an impact on the tiles, the adhesive used and the base.

If moisture, for example, can penetrate between your tiles, then there is a good chance it will start to weaken the adhesive used to glue your tiles to the base. This will cause tiles to shift, perhaps lift, or in worst case scenarios, actually break. Moisture can start to undermine the base itself as well as spread the problems across an ever increasing area.

Whilst a lot of attention is paid to the type of wall and floor tiles used, grouting is often overlooked in importance. Whatever you do, don’t cut too many costs with grouting. Your new wall or floor should be looked on as a long term investment. With that in mind, the slightly dearer and better quality grouts will help to preserve that investment. If you use cheaper grouting, you can prevent long term problems by replacing the existing grouting and putting in new. However, that is a costly process, so why not go with the better quality from day one?

Installing wall and floor tiles can be undertaken as a do-it-yourself project. However, when purchasing your tiles, be sure to inquire about the best grouting to use. The team of tile experts at Éco Dépôt are keen to see that your new wall or floor tiling project is successful – not just today but in years to come. They can help you design your new project, select the right tiles, and provide advice on the best grouting to use. The advice is free and could save you many hundreds of dollars in the future  – a wise investment really.