Choosing the right grout for your tiling project is as important as selecting the tile itself and if overlooked, it can mean your tiling doesn’t look how you imagined.
Selecting your grout
When selecting your tile grout, it’s not only “good looks” that matter – it’s also substance. Grouts need to look perfect, but also be robust, durable, and suitable for your specific installation, which is why it is crucial to choose a grout you can trust to ensure your tiling looks great for years to come.
There are a number of factors to take into consideration including the size of the tile joint, the application (power shower, splashback, etc) and any other specific features required e.g. antibacterial, hygienic/sterile or chemical resistant, which will all determine which product to select.
For many, including some professional tilers, grout selection has been a minefield for years. Among the greater challenges has been the need to ensure that the shade of grout used on wall tiling matches that used on the floor in the same room or area. This has been problematic because floor tiling typically has much wider gaps than wall tiling, requiring that different products be specified.
This all changed with the introduction of BAL Micromax2.
Highly engineered for perfect results
Developed as a result of extensive R&D carried out in collaboration with tilers nationwide, BAL Micromax2 offers a combination of previously unseen properties to make it ideal for virtually any wall or floor installation.
Its versatility removes the need for different grouts within a single installation: as BAL Micromax2 suits both the floors and the walls. Its superfine formulation, giving a finish of striking smoothness, enables use with gaps as narrow as 1 mm. Its strength and flexibility, however, allows grouting of gaps as wide as 20 mm, with no slumping, shrinking and cracking.
As for tile types and backgrounds, BAL Micromax2 suits any type of tile, including porcelain and natural stone, on any type of background. It is ideal for dry and wet areas, indoors and outside, and can even be used with underfloor heating systems and for plywood overlay floors.
Consistent colour tones and anti-bacterial protection
BAL Micromax2 is available in 9 colours – Snow, White, Manilla, Jasmine, Pebble, Gunmetal, Smoke, Ebony, and Anthracite – and its technologically enhanced formulation ensures enduring good looks and a consistent colour with no efflorescence. This is because its formula does not include Ordinary Portland Cement – which is full of efflorescence-producing salts.
With BAL Micromax2 there is no patchiness or shading, even across the largest areas. What’s more, the incorporation of Microban anti-bacterial protection inhibits the growth of black mould and harmful bacteria such as E.coli, Salmonella and Listeria.
This makes it ideal for applications in bathrooms and kitchens where significant levels of moisture are likely to be commonplace, and where it’s especially important to protect against harmful bacteria where food may be prepared and consumed.
Save time and cost on your tiling project
Tilers and homeowners will welcome the unusually long 30-minute working time, which enables a larger area to be grouted with a single mix. This produces time and cost savings, while further economies come from its fast setting properties.
As little as two to three hours’ drying is needed before a floor will bear light traffic, removing project delays and facilitating faster job completion. Clean-down is easy, with no tile haze, while the unusual smoothness also removes the chance of tile abrasion.
Lifetime guarantee and full product support
As well as top product performance, tilers and homeowners can enjoy the benefits of BAL’s 25-year written guarantee, on and off-site project support and technical advice from BAL experts giving you peace of mind that your projects will last the test of time. To speak to our Technical Advisory Service call 0845 600 122, or visit www.bal-adhesives.com.