Epoxy vs. Cement Grout
Epoxy grout has become popular among tile contractors and builders. Unlike cement grout, which is made from a cementitious powder mix, epoxy grout is made from epoxy resins and a filler powder. The grout is extremely durable and almost completely stain proof. It’s what they put in hospitals and restaurants. Regular grout isn’t waterproof, so unlike epoxy grout, it can absorb water when it’s wet and stain easily if you do not have it sealed. If you’re tired of scrubbing the gunk off your grout, epoxy grout could be your solution.
Epoxy grout is made from two different resins mixed with a filler, making it very waterproof and bettered suited to harsher cleaning products. Epoxy thinsets offer greater bond strength and chemical resistance than cementitious grouts.
Although it has plenty of benefits, note that epoxy grout is more difficult to work with than regular grout. So, it will cost more than the cement grout.
Epoxy grout haze or residue on tile surfaces has a glossy sheen. Make sure your installer cleans your tile properly before and after grouting to avoid this.
Some epoxy grouts are designed just for glass tile. Many brands have a regular epoxy and a special glass tile epoxy, too. The difference is in the filler part of the grout. The filler for glass tiles is finer, so it won’t scratch delicate tiles.
Brown, tan and mocha-colored grouts are hard to get right with regular grout. Many people are drawn to epoxy grout for its even color. The color of epoxy grout comes from the filler and is constant throughout.
Using an epoxy grout is completely different than using regular grout; no step is the same. From mixing to application to cleaning, epoxy grouting has its own set of rules. Make sure your bathroom professional has experience with the product as Grout Guys, LLC.