The Benefits of Using Epoxy Grout
In an earlier article, we discussed the advantages and disadvantages of sanded and unsanded grout. There is a third option available that may be the best of the bunch!
Are there any downsides to using epoxy grout?
Unfortunately, epoxy grout takes longer and is more difficult to apply than standard grout. It sets very quickly, so some thought must be given to planning and preparation. Tiles must be clean and free of debris before applying the grout and any porous surfaces should be sealed before coming in contact with epoxy grout.
Epoxy grout can also have a somewhat plastic appearance and will look glossy if left to dry on the tile. Because of its sheen, epoxy grout is far less forgiving and will highlight imperfections of the tiles it is being applied to. This is crucial to keep in mind when selecting your tile.
It is also much more expensive than its traditional counterparts. This is because of the manufacturing process of the polymers that comprise epoxy grout. It also takes much longer to apply and properly clean, so this factors into the cost as well.
What are the benefits of applying epoxy grout?
Because of the polymers that comprise epoxy grout, it is extremely durable and waterproof. This is a significant advantage over the traditional cementitious, or sanded, grouts. These polymers also make epoxy grout stain resistant.
Because of its strength and durability, there may be no better alternative for high traffic areas than epoxy grout. It will hold up under extreme conditions and will not crack or break under stress. Epoxy grout easily repels liquid due to its non-porous composition.