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How to make the right grout selection when tiling

When selecting the grout to finish off your tiling project, you want assurances that your chosen product will look great and last the test of time.

There are a range of different grouts available on the market and each one has different properties to suit the tile or environment.

When choosing your grout, it is crucial to consider the joint width and the background. Grouts not recommended for wide joints can often shrink or slump if used beyond the recommended width for the product concerned resulting in cracking.

When tiling onto floors which may be prone to movement or changes in temperature or moisture such as underfloor heating, then a flexible grout is recommended.

You also need to consider site conditions and usage – are power showers going to be used, does the grout need to be hygienic, will there be a lot of foot traffic?

BAL have recently streamlined their grout range including new BAL Grout Flex and BAL Grout Flex Wide Joint to complement their existing BAL Micromax2 anti-microbial wall and floor grout.

A knock-out finish for tiling
A pound-for-pound prize fighter, BAL Grout Flex is a highly flexible grout with high strength and added polymer.  Because it already has added polymer, there is no need for additional admixes for key installations such as hard-water swimming pools, power showers and for use with porcelain, ceramics, marble, and natural stone in dry or wet environments.

It can also be used for highly trafficked areas such as shopping malls, changing rooms, restaurants, and leisure centres.

It comes in narrow or wide joint versions – BAL Grout Flex for use from 2-5mm (narrow) and BAL Grout Flex Wide Joint – for use from 3mm to 20mm (wide) joints.

Easy to apply and mix up with colour consistency whatever the size of mix, it provides a smooth finish.

Both versions are available in 5kg and 10kg bags in White, Jasmine Cream, Light Grey, Mid Grey, and Dark Grey – with colour consistency across both narrow and wide joint versions. These have been identified as some of the most popular grout colours on the market and ensures that Grout Flex is suitable for a whole host of tiling designs and projects.

With more than 2 hours pot life, BAL Grout Flex gives fixers more time to grout up without worrying that the grout will go off in the bucket – even in hotter conditions – and means larger areas can be grouted with one mix.  A 24-hour set time means longer time to wash off.

Micromax2 – still best in class
For the ultimate finish – a grout that combines a smooth abrasion resistant surface and built-in anti-microbial protection – then look no further than BAL Micromax2.

BAL Micromax2 provides a perfect finish on walls and floors in more than 35 colourways.

Trusted for a crack-free, and efflorescence-free finish, BAL Micromax2 is also mould and mildew resistant with Microban anti-microbial protection.

Microban antimicrobial product protection is a built-in active ingredient that enables products to resist the growth of microbes such as bacteria, black mould, and mildew. Microban protection helps products stay cleaner, fresher, and last longer than products with untreated surfaces.

Micromax2 can be used from 1mm to 20mm joint widths and sets in two to three hours for fast-track project completion. Abrasion resistant it can also be used in domestic and commercial projects including shopping mall, restaurants, changing rooms and leisure centres (not swimming pools).

BAL Micromax2 comes with the colour matched BAL Micromax Sealant range for a seamless finish.

A high-performance silicone sealant, Micromax is also formulated with Microban anti-microbial protection – ensuring clean sealant lines for years to come (with a regular cleaning programme).
Perfect for sealing movement joints in floor and wall tiling installations, it has a high adhesion strength, is waterproof and hygienic and is suitable for surfaces including acrylic, ceramic, fibreglass, glass, glazed and painted in dry or wet interior and exterior environments.

BAL’s new focused range of grouts provide peace of mind with a fantastic finish to any tiling project.  Perhaps you prefer separate narrow or wide-joint solutions – or one bag for all applications? Maybe you’re looking for a longer 2 hour working time or prefer a faster 30-minute working time and a fast track 2 to 3-hour set: we have the solutions.  Two champions to choose from, a knock-out finish from both.
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