All About Grout | Bathroom Grout Repair in NJ

Looking for local contractors for bathroom grout repair in NJ? Call us any time at All Done Company, at 201-458-0455.

On your bathroom floor and shower walls, the tile itself steals the show. Whether you have traditional ceramic tile, nonporous glass, or natural stone tiling, grout provides a bonding mechanism that holds the tiles in place and prevents them from cracking. When the grout itself cracks or flakes away, you may need to have it resealed or regrouted. At All Done Company, we’re Bergen County’s local tile experts, providing professional bathroom grout repair in NJ for local homeowners. To schedule service, call us any time at 201-458-0455.

Bathroom Grout Repair NJAll About Grout: Types of Tile Grout & Their Applications

There are several types of grout that we use when we’re laying new tile or regrouting a bathroom floor or shower. The type of grout we use depends on the type of tile and the size of the space between the tiles.

Cement-based Grouts

Cement based grout is the most traditional kind, and it comes in two main varieties: sanded and unsanded. Unsanded grout is best for joints that are smaller than 1/8″. It’s very smooth and easy to work with, and its stickiness makes it well suited to wall tiling.

For larger joints, we use sanded grout instead, which prevents it from shrinking away from the edges of the tile. Polymer additives in cement-based grouts keep the coloration consistent and increase the material’s flexibility. Sanded grouts aren’t ideal for polished stone tile, which scratches easily from the abrasive sand.

The downside of cement-based grout for bathroom floor and shower tile grout repair in NJ is that it’s prone to staining. This is because it’s particularly porous, allowing stains to penetrate deeply. Sealant helps protect cement-based grout from discoloration, as well as adding extra strength and water resistance.

Epoxy Grout

Epoxy grout is made entirely of synthetic polymers, along with a hardener. Combining the epoxy with the hardener causes it to being hardening, giving us a limited window to apply it after mixing. Epoxy grout is very resistant to acids, greases, and other substances. It’s stain resistant, hard, and durable, making it a popular choice for bathrooms and kitchens. The downside is that epoxy grout generally costs more than cement-based alternatives.

Grout Sealants

When we regrout a bathroom floor or regrout a shower in NJ, we may need to use an additional sealant for added protection. Epoxy grout doesn’t necessarily need to be sealed, but cement based grouts are too porous to go without sealant. Unsealed cement grout stains very easily, and is vulnerable to water infiltration that can damage drywall or flooring substrate. There are two types of sealer that we use for grout repair in NJ: penetrating and nonpenetrating.

Penetrating Grout Sealer

Penetrating grout sealer seeps into the grout, protecting against water and stains. It needs to be reapplied periodically, as it isn’t totally permanent. It isn’t shiny, and doesn’t affect the color of finish of the grout itself.

Nonpenetrating Grout Sealer

Nonpenetrating sealer doesn’t seep into the grout. Instead, it forms a surface barrier that repels water and stains. It also protects the porous grout from mold and mildew growth, which can be difficult to remove due to the grout’s texture. Over time, old nonpenetrating sealer can develop a cloudy appearance, and may need to be removed and replaced.