Choosing the Right Grout: Types of Grout

Not choosing the right grout can cause serious problems in the future. It can get discolored, shrink or even crack. So it’s better to choose right the first time…

There are various Types of Grout.

Cement Grout

It is used mostly for residential applications. It can be mixed with grout additives to acquire durability and stain resistance.


It is a cement-based grout used in very thin joints, less than 1/8 in. Its lack of sand makes it easy to fill these narrow spaces. It is most useful in ceramic-tile or polish stones, metal tiles and glass, to avoid scratches. Mostly used for vertical surfaces as backsplashes and shower walls.


As you may think, contains sand, which provides strength to the grout joints enabling it to resist cracks from shrinkage. Perfect for joints bigger than 1/8 in. Use mostly on floors. It is also cheaper because sand is cheaper than all of the different ingredients added in unsanded grout.


  • Is made up of epoxy resin and hardener mix.

  • It is used in places exposed to acids, grease, and cleaners.

  • Provides chemical resistance in industrial and commercial jobs like hospitals commercial kitchens and public swimming pools.

  • It’s hard, durable and nearly stain proof.

  • Doesn’t allow dirt, moisture to penetrates grout lines.

  • It’s more expensive compared to cement based grout.

It has different installation and cleaning techniques than cement based grout.

ALWAYS follow the manufacturer’s’ instructions.

Modified Grouts

These are cement based grout most with calcium aluminate (gives resistance to extreme temperature, mild acids and alkaline. This type of grout doesn’t require additives because they have the benefits of stain resistance, strength and durability.

You will have the benefits of epoxy with the easy application of cement based grout.

They are used in demanding areas such as malls, hospitals etc.


  • single component grout

  • ready to use

  • just open stir and use

  • are polymer resin or urethane based

  • recommended for countertops, backsplashes, kitchen and bathroom walls and floors

It’s important to know the differences between each type of grout in order to choose which one is the best for your project.

Always keep in mind that the tile you choose is also an important factor in choosing your type of grout.