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Differences Between Sanded and Non-Sanded Grout

Differences Between Sanded and Non-Sanded Grout

Our team here at Grout Medic has experience with every sort of grout. So, we understand what makes them different and which grout is best for what. Today we want to talk about two main types of grout and their differences; sanded and non-sanded grout.

Non-Sanded Grout

Non-sanded grout is ideal for vertical surfaces and grout seams that are less than ⅛ of an inch. Non-sanded grout is easier to work with when working in vertical areas because it adheres to these surfaces more readily than sanded grout, which tends to fall away when trying to work it into vertical spaces. Think of non-sanded grout for projects like shower walls and backsplashes. Non-sanded grout is also ideal for highly honed natural stone tiles such as marble. This is due to the fact that non-sanded grout is smooth and will not scratch precious stones.

Sanded Grout

For grout joints that are larger than ⅛ of an inch, sanded grout is best. The bigger a grout joint is, the more susceptible grout is to settling and shrinking and thus creating cracks or falling out. Sanded grout is resistant to developing cracks from shrinking, however. Sanded grout is going to be your default tiling option. It is cheaper than non-sanded grout and is available in a wide range of colors.

Ultimately, you can use non-sanded grout anywhere if the grout joint is thin enough. And while sanded grout is not ideal for smaller grout lines and honed stone tiles, it is the cheaper option and the one that is likely to last longer.

Hopefully this simplified breakdown has helped you to decide which type of grout will work best for your project, but if you have more specific questions, do not hesitate to reach out and ask us! Whether your project involves removing old grout, installing new grout, resealing tile, or staining grout, we do it all.

By Grout Medic 1-3-2022

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