Grout Techniques

Stone Grout Techniques.
The Impact of Grout

Throughout our entire website and brochures our swatches focus on the beauty and color of the stone. We do this because grout, and sometimes the lack of it, has an amazing impact on the look of the final product.

There are three factors that are very important in stone masonry:
[1] Selecting the right stone for the project
[2] Selecting a good mason
[3] Selecting an appropriate grout technique

Three common grout techniques that masons can do:

Raked Joint
Also known as a standard joint is achieved by laying each stone roughly
one finger width apart from each other, then grouting between each stone.
Once the mortar is semi-dry it's later "raked" with a variety of masonry
tools to ultimately achieve a consistent depth

Flush Joint
A flush joint is when a trowel is held flat against the stone or brick and
moved along the surface, so as to cut away the excess mortar. The
resulting joint is flush with the stone.

Overgrout Joint
When you compare this in the photographs to the left you'll notice how
different the stone looks. The way the grout is applied tends to give the
stone a rustic and aged appearance. The joints are widening, dry irregular
and overlaps the face of the stone.

Always have your mason make a mock-up of the grout techniques you
wish to use prior to beginning the actual installation and that you understand
how the stone will look on a larger scale.

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