Epoxy Grout Pro specializes in two-part epoxy grouting systems and is adamant that it is the superior product when compared to a three-part system. Epoxy grout offers many advantages over traditional grouting products, including enhanced stain resistance and increased durability. When installed correctly, epoxy grout provides a waterproof finish that will protect against water and moisture damage for many years. It also gives your tiles a more professional, uniform look with its consistent colour and texture. However, it is important to note that epoxy grout can be difficult to work with so you must take the time to understand the product and ease of use comes with years of experience.
So let’s dive into the core elements of epoxy grout. What exactly is Epoxy Grout? It takes traditional grouting materials and mixes them with an epoxy resin to create a material that is far more resistant to moisture, wear, staining, mildew and other environmental conditions when compared to traditional cement-based grouts. Epoxy Grout also provides superior bonding and strength, which makes it ideal for use in high-traffic and wet areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, showers and other wet areas.
What exactly is Epoxy Grout?
Epoxy grout 2-part systems are primarily a 2-part chemical epoxy derivative composed of 1-part epoxy resin combined with one part filler powder, which chemically reacts with one another to form the epoxy grout material. This makes it waterproof and nearly stain-proof. My experience is it is still suspectable to chemical burn from some cleaning agents and white epoxy will discolour due to the resin part not being a clear substance.
In what situations can I use epoxy grout?
Epoxy grout is best suited for non-porous tiles such as porcelain or ceramic, which do not allow grout absorption within the tile. Natural stone or porous tiles should be pre-sealed to aid against the epoxy grout penetration into the tile surface and edges which can result in haloing. Epoxy grout is best suited for indoor tiles however if you plan on using it outside on a balcony or terrace, ensure your grout is UV stable and expansion joints are cut in to allow for expansion and contraction of the tile area.
Is it difficult to work with Epoxy Grout?
The problem with epoxy grout application is YOU. Not taking into consideration the temperature and humidity, the area layout or size of the area you work with, the surface temperature of the tile or stone, the type of tile material, joint spacing and the grout working times and restraints of the actual product.
No, it’s not difficult, but it’s not a DIY job.
Why should you use Epoxy Grout?
Epoxy grout bonds to its substrate and materials it is not just there to fill a gap like cement-based grouts which have no bonding properties at all. That’s why the first bit of movement or expansion or contraction of cement-based grouts crack and dislodge being washed away or vacuumed up.
Epoxy grout does not crack, shrink, or discolour easily, making it ideal for use in wet areas and showers. Epoxy Grout has high resistance to the harsh chemicals found in cleaning products. It is non-porous and does not require sealing, unlike traditional cement-grout. Epoxy Grout is a great choice when you want the best protection against moisture, mould and mildew.
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Advantages of epoxy grout over traditional cement grout.
1. Epoxy grout is highly resistant to moisture, staining, mildew, and other environmental conditions.
2. It provides superior bonding and strength making it suitable for high-traffic and wet areas.
3. It does not crack, shrink or discolour easily as it bonds to its substrate materials and has no absorption.
4. It is non-porous and does not need to be sealed; unlike traditional cement grout.
Disadvantages of Epoxy Grout
1. Epoxy grout requires specialized tools and techniques to install it correctly.
2. Tricks to prolomging working time and aiding cleanup, take years of experiance to procure.
3. It takes longer to set than traditional cement grout, so it’s important to plan enough time for curing the product before use or traffic can be allowed on the surface.
4. If not applied correctly, epoxy grout can be difficult to remove without damaging the surrounding tile or stone.
5. Epoxy grout has a limited working time, so it’s important to plan ahead of time and make sure you have enough product for the job.
6. White epoxy grout may turn yellow over time.