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Tile Caulk

Ever wondered how cracks seems to appear in grout lines around the backsplash any place where tile meets the wall. These cracks happen for a couple of reasons.

1.       Your home is brand new and with new construction the house will settle and continue to over the years causing hair line cracks.

2.       The tile contractor did not know of tile caulk or where to be applied, or thinking the grout will never crack.

3.       Another could be tile setting compounds such as thinset or grout was improperly mixed.

Most of the time when a tile job has been completed grout has been installed and grout sealer has been applied at the proper time (72 hours from when grout was installed). The tile job looks great no visible cracks and most think that there will not be, but as mentioned earlier the home expands and contracts walls and surfaces tend to follow what the house does this is where cracks began to form, most do not realize how the important role of tile caulk. This product is specifically designed to look and appear like grout. Tile caulk should to be applied in all areas that may be prone to cracking; examples would be around sinks, backsplashes, corners of showers, and where tiles meet the walls. Tile caulk comes in many colors to match the grout of choice, tile caulk is a modified latex caulk with sand added in to look like the appearance of grout, there is a slight color difference between the grout and tile caulk. If you find that you do have a few cracks you can always go back and apply tile caulk, some reasons why tile caulk does not get applied.

1.       Tile caulk is expensive cost per tube is $12 to $15 per color.

2.       Was never agreed upon at start of tile job.

3.       Tile contractor has to come back after grout has been sealed.

4.       Grout will never crack so they say.

5.       Just use a latex colored caulk.

One thing to mention is tile caulk may not be readily available at home centers they usually have a small selection and all colors of tile caulk may not come in the grout of choice color, therefore you may need to visit a retailer that specializes in tile if they don’t have it on the shelf they can always order it. Always test the tile caulk color in a conspicuous place making sure the color is close, remember that a little goes a long way on this product. Cut the plastic tube spout at 45 degrees keeping the hole diameter small, a good idea is small enough to put and old wire coat hanger through the tip as warmer weather it will be very easy for the adhesive to flow out. Keep those few things in mind will ensure a successful and crack free caulk job.

 




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