Among tile contractors and builders, epoxy grout has become more and more popular. Compared to cement grout, which is produced from a cementitious powder mix, epoxy grout is produced from epoxy resins and a filler powder. The grout product is exceedingly durable and almost entirely stain proof. Unlike epoxy grout, regular grout can absorb water when it’s wet and stain easily and it’s not waterproof. Epoxy grout could be your best option if you’re tired of scrubbing the gunk off your grout.
Produced from two kinds resins, the epoxy grout is combined with a filler and has a capability that it is very waterproof and bettered suited to harsher cleaning products. In comparison to polymer modified cementitious grouts, the epoxy thin-sets gives greater bond strength and chemical resistance.
Take note: epoxy grout is more difficult to work with than regular grout while it has plenty of benefits. Some homeowners don’t like its tendency to look like plastic.
Regular grout is very simple to shape in outside corners where tile enfolds around a curb, a wall, or shower niche. It would be difficult to obtain the same effect with epoxy grout since it takes more time to set up in the grout joint.
If you wanted to do it by yourself, you don’t want to mix all the grout in the bathroom and then rush it into place since epoxy grout sets quickly. The epoxy grout haze or residue has a glossy sheen on tile surfaces. Before and after grouting to avoid this scenario, make sure your installer cleans your tile properly.
The time needed to cleanse the tile and the high price tag can make some installers skeptical to use epoxy grout. The performance of epoxy grout is not fully utilized as it is pricey and is much more expensive than regular thin-set. Usually, epoxy grout is only used to bond to difficult substrates or where extraordinary chemical resistance is required.