Ceramic Tile Advice Forums - John Bridge Ceramic Tile

Welcome to John Bridge / Tile Your World, the friendliest DIY Forum on the Internet


Advertiser Directory
JohnBridge.com Home
Buy John Bridge's Books

Go Back   Ceramic Tile Advice Forums - John Bridge Ceramic Tile > Tile & Stone Forums > Tile Forum/Advice Board

Sponsors


Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Unread 12-07-2011, 01:23 PM   #1
Jek2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 2
New Tile Shower Grout Questions!!

Hey all,

I have been searching for hours on end and get varying answers or not a straight forward one.

I'm tiling a new shower stall, 12" x 12" porcelian overtop Redgard membrane.

1. What is the best grout to use for shower walls? (I prefer not to use epoxy)
I keep reading a lot of posts that people like TEC AccuColor and TEC
AccuColor XT. I've heard a lot of comments regarding TEC XT has color
blotching. Are any other products good?

2. Is it best to use a Grout additive or just seal the grout after it has cured?
I know the grout additives clame you don't need to seal anything and is
considered newer technology. There are mixed reviews. Some swear by it
others hate it. Can you recommend the products that worked best for you
and why?

3. Also, I read that for porcelain tiles I need to use a latex-modified thin set
mortar. Just wanted to verify that and any brand to choose or stay away
from.

Thanks, Jim
__________________
Jim
Jek2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Unread 12-07-2011, 01:51 PM   #2
cx
Moderator emeritus
 
cx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Boerne, Texas
Posts: 92,712
Welcome, Jim.

1. Whatever Mrs. Jim prefers. The vast majority of tile is still grouted with cementitious grouts. No reason at all not to use one in your shower.

There is no "best" grout in that category. Every manufacturer out there makes grouts of good quality and if installed per the manufacturer's instructions will work well. There are, however, lots and lots of opinions about the various grouts. When your shower is finished, you'll have one, too.

2. I personally do not recommend adding anything to a cementitious grout unless it is specifically recommended by the grout manufacturer.

Sealing the grout can aid in the maintainability of the shower, but it is not a requirement.

3. Porcelain tiles have been installed for decades before the advent of polymer-modified thinset mortars. Some tile manufacturers and some substrate manufacturers require modified mortars, some do not. Much evidence is available to support the position that Porcelain tiles can be set quite adequately using dry-set (un-modified) mortars.

My opinion; worth price charged.
__________________
CX

Y'ALL NEW VISITORS READ THIS HERE!
cx is online now   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-07-2011, 02:23 PM   #3
tileaz
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 275
Jim, TEC has a new grout called Power Grout. They say it never needs to be sealed.
__________________
James
tileaz is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-07-2011, 03:37 PM   #4
Jek2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 2
I checked it out. It would be worth giving a shot but can't find where to buy it.
__________________
Jim
Jek2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Stonetooling.com   Tile-Assn.com   National Gypsum Permabase


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
White grout on floor/Shower membrane questions LynM Tile Forum/Advice Board 1 08-31-2010 04:44 AM
Shower Tile / Backerboard / Grout Questions Brett Lane Tile Forum/Advice Board 1 01-23-2007 08:25 PM
shower grout repair questions lisa5 Tile Forum/Advice Board 1 12-03-2006 08:37 AM
shower grout type and grout width questions BeamMeUpScotty Tile Forum/Advice Board 4 02-13-2005 11:42 AM
Questions about sealing grout on shower walls richardv Tile Forum/Advice Board 4 09-21-2004 06:28 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:46 PM.


Sponsors

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2018 John Bridge & Associates, LLC