stone grouting techniques
stone grouting techniques

Grouting Techniques

March 18, 2022

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A small detail that can dramatically change the character of stone

Grout is an essential element of manufactured stone veneer; it fills the voids between stones and enhances the overall visual appearance and character of your finished stonework.

Selecting the profile, size and color of the stone is only part of the customization process — the grouting style and color should be considered, too. You can select and view grouting styles and hues using our Stone and Grout Color Visualizer to create the perfect look for your home.

Standard or Raked Joint Grouting

The most common grout technique is a standard or raked joint. This is what you typically see with brickwork, for example. The grout is evenly applied around the edge of each stone or brick. When finished, the grout appears as a recessed even layer, filling the gaps between stones and bricks. This is a classic, traditional technique that provides timeless beauty.

Overgrouting

For a more Old World look, choose overgrouting. This technique uses a much heavier grout seam. Depending on the look you want, the grout can be even with or extend beyond the face of the stone, rather than being recessed like the standard grout technique. Grout may even partially cover the face of the stone. The overgrout technique is especially popular with larger, irregularly shaped stones.

Dry Stack

Many homeowners now choose the Dry Stack style of stonework. Mortar is used behind the stone to secure it in place, but there is no grout visible between the stones. This gives the work a very natural, organic appearance. It appears as though the stones are simply stacked on top of one another. Due to freeze and thaw in northern regions, be sure to consult with your stone installer prior to any dry stack application.

Let Design Lead You

All of ProVia’s stone has a natural, ageless beauty. You can fine-tune that beauty by selecting the grouting technique that best matches your design goals. The ability to color or tint grout provides you with additional flexibility to create exactly the look you have in mind.

The grouting technique you choose can beautify the stone profile and heighten the overall aesthetic, whether the stone is used as an exterior cladding or interior accent.

Whether you want to project a classic, rustic or contemporary look, there is a grout technique available to fulfill your vision. Unlimited options give you the freedom to create your unique canvas in stone.

Use ProVia’s grout color visualizer to test stone and grout color combinations or view our Design Center for additional inspiration for your project.

Kurt Mohn

Product Manager - Stone/Roofing

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