From the convenience and ease of pre-mixed grouts to the tenacious grip of mortars for large and heavy tile, we sat down to discuss the latest advancements in grouts and mortars with those that know them best. Included in the discussion are Mike Micalizzi, senior director, technical services at Custom Building Products; Loren Doppelt, market manager at H.B. Fuller Construction Products; Arthur Mintie, Laticrete’s senior director of technical services; Jim Whitfield, MAPEI’s technical services manager; Brett Mauney, Merkrete technical manager; Alan Kin, technical sales manager for Texrite; and Michelle Swiniarski, market manager, tile and stone installation systems for Bostik.
Micalizzi: A pre-mixed grout supplies the solution to most of the major issues with cement and epoxy grout use. On-site mixing of cement grouts can be challenging for most installers and often water is not measured accurately. Secondly, the grout is commonly over-washed during the cleaning stage which produces soft and discolored grout. Washing grout too early can definitely produce the same results. On the other hand, epoxy grouts can be a challenge to spread and clean properly. These ready-to-use products simplify the job for the finisher and help make it more error-proof. Pre-mixed grouts minimize waste and some can be cleaned immediately, saving mixing, slaking and setting up time on each project.