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Causes and Cures of Cracking Grouts

Before we look further into the causes and cures of cracking grouts, it is important to understand what is grout and where is it used. Grout is a viscous form of concrete which is used to seal gaps and joints such as those between tiles and stones. It generally forms a waterproof seal while ensuring that the edges of the tiles do not chip or break. Broadly speaking, it can be of various types depending on its functional usage – tiling, flooring and structural purposes.

Causes of Cracking Grouts
Although there can be several reasons for the grout to crack and this can be ascertained by careful examination, some of the more common causes are linked to the amount of water used to prepare the mixture, insufficient adhesive and improper curing. Again, substandard products used in the grouting can also affect its longevity and give rise to cracks. If the installation of the tiles is poorly done then too it is possible that the grouts may develop cracks over a period of time.

It is absolutely essential that the materials that are used in construction are of high quality and can protect against wear and tear, and should also be able to withstand various climatic conditions. The primary function of all the construction materials is to construct a strong and durable structure which can protect against heat, cold and snow, as well as other factors, such as dirt, grime and pollution. The importance of using the right type of grout, with the correct ancillary products, is often underrated. In fact, not using grout causes the edges of tiles to crack and chip, eventually leading to weak tiles that break easily.


Cures for Cracking Grouts
Use special adhesives, which have been developed over years of research and which are designed to help tackle these problems. Roff products have been developed, keeping in mind the rapidly changing trends and needs of the current generation consumer and modern day construction. They offer a wide range of products that help in the installation and protection of floor tiles and can also be used on exterior surfaces as their products are designed to excel in such heavy duty applications.

In fact, the Roff range of special adhesives and grouts do not allow mould and fungus to grow in between joints, thereby preserving the beauty of the construction and helping in maintaining a safe and hygienic environment.

If you are one of those who is extremely particular about details and would like to match colours even for the grout, you must check out the exclusive Tile and Grout Matcher feature, which can help you see which grout complements your tiles and surfaces the best. Slight difference in the shade of the grout can produce blatant differences in the surface, making it appear disconnected. The Tile and Grout Matcher will make this task easier for you and help you find the perfect grout colour for your surface. So, whether you are constructing a new home or are repairing or re-fixing tiles why not choose the right kind of the grout as well!

About Nalini Malaviya

Nalini Malaviya is a Bangalore based art consultant, writer and blogger. She has been writing for the media since 2003, and has been an art columnist for Financial Times (Delhi and Bangalore) and Bangalore Mirror. Nalini writes primarily on art (visual arts, performance, photography, etc) and also on health and lifestyle. She contributes to Times of India, Deccan Herald and several other publications including art magazines and catalogs. An occasional fiction writer, Nalini has published short stories as part of various anthologies, such as, The Shrinking Woman, The Curse of the Bird and Bhelpuri. She publishes www.artsceneindia.com, a popular blog cum Ezine featuring art news, guides, and articles on buying and collecting art and on displaying art in interiors. The website functions as an artist resource and also promotes artists. Nalini curates art exhibitions and conducts classes on art appreciation and writing. She also teaches arts management and marketing for artists through workshops. Currently, she contributes to the experts section on corporate blogs on interiors and lifestyle.

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