Tile Maintenance: Why Use Epoxy Grout
Tiles give your kitchen, bathroom, and other rooms in your home a fresh look. But no matter how beautiful the tile design or installation, a dirty and poorly maintained grout lowers the whole room’s aesthetic appeal.
Make sure the tile work in your home is attractive and well-maintained by choosing the right grout material. Some provide better benefits, such as durability and stain-resistance, as well as versatility in colors. Epoxy grout is an excellent alternative to more traditional options for these reasons.
What is Epoxy Grout?
Traditionally, grout is made from a cement-based mixture. Epoxy grout, on the other hand, is made from a combination of epoxy resin, silica fillers, pigments, and hardener. These materials give it several advantages that are absent from cement grout. It is also suitable for different types of tiles, such as porcelain and ceramic and some stones.
Why Use Epoxy Grout?
There are several benefits to using epoxy grout. Discover what these are to understand why it’s the best choice for your tile installation.
A common problem with cement grout is that it breaks easily, leaving you with small gaps in-between your tiles. The substances used to create epoxy grout make it more durable. It is shock-resistant, preventing it from cracking and breaking off. You can use this on floors without worrying about the foot traffic and falling objects damaging it.
Cement is known to absorb moisture, leading to mold and mildew growth in-between tiles in bathrooms. Alternatively, epoxy is water-resistant, which is the reason most contractors prefer it in bathrooms and other places that get a lot of moisture.
Cleaning products are often the reason tile grout rusts and deteriorates. But they’re necessary to prevent mold, mildew, and bacterial growth. Fortunately, epoxy grout is made with chemically resistant substances. Clean and disinfect your tiled walls and floors without having to worry about ruining your grout work.
Epoxy grout is considered low-maintenance because it is stain-resistant and never has to be resealed. You can remove dust, dirt and your typical soap scum with your favorite cleaner, without the worry of removing the sealer that prevents staining on a standard grout. A standard grout if maintained properly would need to be re-sealed every 1-3 years depending on the traffic and cleaners that are used. By using an epoxy grout you are free of this task for life.
Epoxy grout comes in a wide range of colors. Choose subtle, neutral tones if you want it to blend in with the tile work or use bright, vibrant colors if you’re going to highlight it along with your decorative tiles. Ask your interior designer for ideas on how to choose grout for your tiles.
Get Beautiful Tile Work with Strictly Tile
These days, more homeowners are finding the value in installing tile in other areas of their home – not just their kitchens and bathrooms. By choosing epoxy grout, you ensure the longevity of your tile work with less work to maintain it.
Strictly Tile is known in the Northwest for high-quality craftsmanship. We take a hands-on approach to every project, from the planning to material selection to completion. If you are looking to enhance your home with tile, then we are the company for you.
Get in touch with our team to learn more about our services. Call 206-475-8883 or leave a message here.