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Choosing The Right Grout Type For Your Porcelain Paving Project

Choosing The Right Grout Type For Your Porcelain Paving Project

To achieve the perfect finish with your Select Stone porcelain paving you will need a good grout or jointing compound. Grout and jointing fill the gaps between the slabs to ensure tiles are aligned for a polished look, whilst ensuring the tiles durability and strength. 

When it comes to choosing the right grout type for your project with porcelain tiles, you will want to pick from the following three which we recommend:

  1. Premjoint Fine
  2. Fuga-pave FLEX CH GROUT
  3. Flowpoint Fine

This blog will outline the difference of each of these 3 grouts so you can make an informed decision over which will suit your project the best.

 

Picture of Fuga, Flowpoint and Premjoint grout options

Quick Glance Comparison

Tub size

Price*

Coverage (approx)**

Application type

Application conditions

Premjoint Fine

15kg

£51.00

25-30m2

Brush-In

Any weather

Fuga-pave FLEX CH Grout

5kg

£21

35-40m2

Grout float

Dry

Fuga-pave FLEX CH Grout

20kg

£64

35-40m2

Grout float

Dry

Flowpoint Fine

20kg

£28

5m2

Squeegee slurry

Dry

 

*Please note that price is based on time of blog being posted **Coverage will vary depending on your tile size, grout and joint depth. Calculations above are based on tile size of 600 x 900mm, Grout depth of 5mm, Joint depth of 20mm

 

Premjoint Grout with colour swatches

 

Premjoint Fine

 Single part polymeric compound


Pricepoint £££

Say hello to this super easy brush-in paving solution, although this is one of the more expensive options per m2 to install, it is one of the quickest processes and is suitable for most types of paving. Once set on a permeable bed, it provides a permeable paving solution, meaning it will allow rain water and air to penetrate through.

There is no waste here, with this product, as any leftover material can be reused. It is resistant to freeze/thaw weather conditions so can be applied in any weather.

 

Premjoint Fine Colour Availability

Cosmic Black, Storm Grey, Natural Cashmere

We recommend the Premjoint Fine over Premjoint Coarse for porcelain paving. The fine grade comes in 3 bespoke colours, each with an excellent colour stability for a consistent finish.

If you need help figuring out which Select Stone porcelain paving this grout colour matches to, find our guide here. 

Premjoint Fine grout brush-in application

Premjoint Fine Application

Brush-in application (it’s quick and easy)
  1. Wet the paving thoroughly first
  2. Add the dry compound by pushing it into the paving joints with a squeegee and brush
  3. Sweep and leave it!
  4. For a neater finish run a jointer over the material once dried. But don’t press too hard.
  5. You can walk on it within 24-48 hours
To get the best lifespan jet wash sparingly, avoiding direct contact with the joints.
 

Fuga Pave grout with colour options

Fuga-pave FLEX CH GROUT

Exterior tile grout

Pricepoint ££

Meet this technologically advanced, cement-based, non-permeable paving grout - this paving is perfect for both internal and external applications. It is perfect for those who are looking to achieve a sleek, contemporary look with their porcelain paving.

And did we mention that Fuga-Pave Grout has ZERO efflorescence? Pretty cool, huh! Its application process requires less effort than traditional application methods, however in comparison to brush-in grouts like Premjoint, it will take slightly longer to do, and can only be applied in dry weather conditions.

 

Fuga-pave FLEX CH GROUT Colour Availability

Medium Grey, Limestone, Light Grey, Anthracite, Jasmin.

The cement hybrid technology in this product ensures that there is a consistent, non-fade colour across your patio. Due to the wide range of colours available this grout is the easiest to colour-match with you tile choice.

If you need help figuring out which Select Stone porcelain paving this grout colour matches to, find our guide here.

 

Fuga-pave FLEX CH GROUT Application

This requires a minimum of 2 people to complete the job and protective clothing to be worn to avoid eye and skin contact with the mixture. Grout does not come pre-mixed.
  1. Mix the contents of the bag with a specific ratio of water
  2. Ensure joints are as dry as possible, no standing water in them when you apply the grout
  3. Apply to joints with a grout float
  4. Once touch dry (don’t wait until bone dry), wipe surfaces clean with a damp sponge.
  5. Sponge off diagonally across the joints to avoid dragging any paving grout out
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for a second clean to ensure there is no grout residue
Tools such as Washboys will make easy work of wiping surfaces clean, if you are going to be applying grout regularly we advise this is something you invest in!

No need to worry about jet washing this paving, it’s strong enough to withstand it!

 

Flowpoint grout with colour options

Flowpoint Fine

Cementous-based slurry paving grout

Pricepoint £

Flowpoint is a great option if you’re looking for a smooth, contemporary finish on a budget. This option is the most cost effective, however is the hardest application if you have never done it before.

The advantage of slurry paving grouts over single part polymeric grouts like Premjoint is that grouts like Flowpoint form a slightly stronger bond so is suitable for both permeable and non-permeable bases. It results in strong, durable, weed-free paving joints!
 

Flowpoint Fine Colour Availability

Charcoal, Natural Grey.

Although Flowpoint has limited colour availability, its finer granules give it a more grout-like, modern appearance. We recommend Flowpoint Fine for porcelain paving.

If you need help figuring out which Select Stone porcelain paving this grout colour matches to, find our guide here.

 

Flowpoint Fine grout application

Flowpoint Fine Application

 Wet Application


This requires a minimum of 2 people to complete the job.

  1. Add water as per instructions on packaging and mix with a paddle mixer
  2. Pour slurry over paving
  3. Move slurry into joints with squeegee
  4. Due to varying weather, you will need to touch test to see if it’s nearly dry
  5. Once nearly dry, use a jet wash to clean off, avoiding direct contact with the joints

No need to worry about jet washing this paving, it’s strong enough to withstand it!

Person measuring joint width and depth

A Note About Joint Widths & Depths

Before installing your paving, it is worth discussing with your installer what joint depth and width will be used between the tiles, as this can affect how much area coverage you will get per product.

For calculating joint depth it depends on what tiles you are using. For example with our Select Stone porcelain paving, our tiles require a 20mm depth.

For calculating joint width it depends on what grout you will be using. Below is a chart that outlines the recommended grout width for each of the products we have featured:

 

Flowpoint

Grout joints from 2 to 50mm wide

Premjoint

Grout joints between 5 and 20mm wide.

Fuga Pave

Grout joints from 2mm to 20mm wide.

 

Avoid butt-jointing (where there is no gap left between slabs) at all costs as this can cause damage to the tiles when pressure is applied.

 

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Conclusion

Each of these grouts are a lot easier to apply than traditional methods, but if you are still unsure which grout is best for your project, feel free to ask us so we can advise the best grout for your application. We can also put you in touch with an approved Select installer if you require help with the application process or colour matching.

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