Signs The Grout In Your Ceramic Tile Needs To Be Redone

Tile floor without grout would look a bit strange, and it would be nowhere near as functional. If you have tile floors and grout in place, you should know that it's common for the grout to break down faster than the tile itself. Therefore, you may have to call in the help of a professional floor grouting service to strip out the old grout and install new. Many homeowners fail to recognize when their grout needs to be replaced, but there are usually a few telltale signs. Here is a look at a few signs you need your tile floor re-grouted. 

The grout is breaking apart in certain areas or cracked. 

Grout tends to dry out and crack as it gets older, especially if it's repeatedly exposed to a lot of moisture, temperature, or humidity changes as is common in a bathroom or kitchen. You may notice what looks like thin hairline cracks between each tile or actual spots where the grout is more brittle than it should be. Some people only notice grout that is falling apart in this fashion when they sweep the floor; they will get a few pieces of grout in the dustpan. 

The grout has become discolored and has a dirty appearance. 

Discoloration and a dirty appearance are two of the most common reasons why people opt to have their floor grouting professionally redone. You can't achieve a tile floor that looks clean if there are big ugly spots and stains showing up between each tile. These stains can come from spills or mildew, but no matter the cause, they tend to be a good sign that replacing the grout is for the best. Make sure the professional seals the grout with a waterproof grout sealer to help retain that new look.

The grout looks more porous than it should. 

In some cases and with certain types of grout, you'll notice small pores opening up as it gets older. These pores are a natural occurrence with exposure to moisture, and at first, they may not be a big deal. However, if you start seeing a lot of pores, it's best if you go ahead and get your grout redone. The pores will allow moisture to slip through and further deteriorate the material. Plus, if enough moisture slips through, you could be dealing with rot in your sub-floor beneath the tile itself.

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