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Home Improvement  /  July 16, 2019

Grout Vs. Caulk: Differentiating the Two Materials

Grout and caulk are two of the most essential materials used by expert handymen and novice DIYers in tile installations. Both have adhesive properties, but they differ in a lot of ways. Read on as Handyman Connection of Matthews, your local home improvement pros, explains the differences between the two in today’s post.

Different Properties and Packaging

Grout comes in dry powder form stored in bags. For it to become an adhesive, it is mixed with water, which becomes hard as a rock when cured. Caulk, meanwhile, comes in tubes and is semi-liquid in form. Made from latex, silicone or acrylic, it also requires curing but still retains a degree of flexibility, allowing it to stretch with any slight movement.

Different Usage

The grout-water mixture is used to fill the spaces between the tiles that have been glued into place on a floor or wall. Hardened grout prevents the tiles from shifting and also provides the edges protection from chipping. Caulk, meanwhile, acts as a waterproof seal for areas next to the toilet bowl, sink, bathtub or showerhead. Given how stickier it is than grout, it can easily adhere to any kind of material, whether it is drywall, porcelain, glass or wood.

Different Applications

Grout is a must-have in bathroom tile installations. Not only is it porous, but it binds well with the backer board or the concrete material placed behind the tiles. Combine them together and you have a waterproof masonry surface that prevents the entry of moisture in the wall studs. Caulk, however, is a versatile product used in a variety of applications around the home. It seals seams along baseboards and crown molding, on windows to stop drafts, or anywhere two building materials meet.

For your home improvement and maintenance needs, turn to Handyman Connection of Matthews. Expect us to deliver quality workmanship and superior customer service. Call (704) 255-5626 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.

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