Professional-looking flooring is what contractors and building professionals strive for and the right grout is essential to make ceramic, porcelain, terracotta, stone and glass mosaic floors and coatings look fabulous.
Ntobela Zamaswazi, product manager ceramics for construction chemical company Mapei South Africa, said it is important to understand the different grouting requirements of different surfaces and how the surfaces are used, inside-or outside. “One should first of all differentiate if a cementitious or an epoxy grout is suitable for a specific project,” she added.
Cementitious grouts are particularly suitable for residential use. It can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, swimming pools, external façades, balconies and terraces. Cementitious grouts can also be used commercially, in environments as diverse as grouting tiles in supermarkets, restaurants, airports, public- and industrial buildings.
Epoxy grouts are used when the grout has to conform to certain hygienic requirements such as resistance to aggressive chemicals. These grouts have more superior technical characteristics than cementitious grouts.
Ntobela elaborates on the two cementitious grout products offered by Mapei South Africa. “The first is Keracolor FF which is polymer modified with DropEffect® water-repellent technology. Another feature about the range offered by Mapei is that it is available in a variety of different colours. This colour pallet was developed by the group working closely with colour specialists internationally.”
“The second is Ultracolor Plus which is a polymer modified, fast-setting and dryable flexible grout with Bioblock technology that protects against mold and mildew. It is also available in various colours and has anti-efflorescence properties for joints from two to 20 millimetres”.
To meet more specialist requirements, epoxy grouts are used. The Kerapoxy range has several products available in various colours. One product is Kerapoxy Design which has a decorative finish for grouting glass mosaic, ceramic tiles and stone material with an aesthetic look. It can also be used with Mapeglitter in silver or light gold which adds a sparkle to metallic and glass tiles!
She added that Kerapoxy CQ, which was recently added to the epoxy family, is a water based, two component, bacteriostatic, acid resistant high-performance grout that is easy-to-clean.
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Mapei South Africa is part of the Mapei Group, an Italian-based multinational that is a leading manufacturer of chemical and adhesive products for the construction industry. As part of the multinational group, Mapei South Africa passes numerous benefits onto its client base by having access to knowledgeable technical experts, research capabilities and product specialists. Mapei South Africa distributes its products throughout sub-Saharan Africa.