Grout is the cement mixture you see in the joints between ceramic or stone tiles. It is made from Portland cement and when it is dry, it is literally as hard as a rock. In some cases, however, this grout needs to be removed. For instance, sometimes it cracks or mildews and looks unsightly and you would like to replace it.
Ceramic tile floors are stylish, durable, and very popular. If you are using one in an upper floor, however, you may be concerned about the noise level in the rooms underneath. Apartment building and office high-rises use soundproof underlayment to cut down on noise, and as a homeowner, you can do the same.
If you are buying a condo, you are probably already concerned about the noises you will hear from neighboring condominiums. With soundproofing material applied under your ceramic tile floors, you will be able to cut down on both noise coming through the air and that coming through the structure of the building.
Underlayment Can be Used on Different Types of Subflooring
For many homeowners, removing ceramic tile flooring is a nightmare that they would just as soon avoid. Because of this mindset, there are generally only two options for the homeowner with damaged or old ceramic tile flooring that needs to be replaced.
One option is to hire expensive professionals to come in and remove the ceramic tile flooring and the other option is to procrastinate about removing the flooring until the damage becomes unbearable or the individuals leave the home.
One of the most difficult problems facing homeowners that are remodeling their homes is how to place tile grout in the extra wide joints between tiles to make the project look attractive and complete the project correctly. Grouting extra wide joints is often one of the last steps to be completed in a home improvement project and a sloppy or incorrect job in grouting extra wide joints has the ability to ruin the rest of the project.
With a seemingly endless choice of tools required to do a tiling job, deciding exactly which tools you need for cutting the tiles can be quite confusing. The picture to the right shows an industrial masonry saw used for cutting asphalt roadway. The tile cutting tools you can buy and are likely to need for cutting ceramic or stone wall or floor tiles are somewhat more compact and affordable.