When it comes to grout, many homeowners consider epoxy grout to be the material of choice. But what is epoxy? And what makes it “all the rage”?
Epoxy Grout-All Mixed Up
In actuality, epoxy grout is mixed from two or three components. There is a resin and a hardener. These two are mixed and off you go. Colors can be added to the epoxy to give it an added flair. What makes epoxy so popular?
Rewards of Epoxy Grout
There are several prime rewards that keep homeowners coming back for more. To your horror, has your soup boiled over onto your counter top and stained your traditional grout? Epoxy is virtually stain-resistant and waterproof making it ideal for places where it will come in contact with lots of moisture, acids, grease, or other substances such as on a kitchen counter or a bathroom tile. Does that mean it is impossible to stain? No. But it takes a concerted effort to leave behind a souvenir on epoxy grout.
In addition, being waterproof greatly reduces the amount of cracking you can expect to see in your grout and also inhibits the growth of mold and mildew.
Generally, traditional grouts need to be resealed about every two to three years. However epoxy needs no additional sealing.
How long can you keep epoxy? If you do not set it outside on a freezing winter evening and allow it to stay in its airtight container, epoxy will last almost indefinitely.
What about those expensive highly polished granite tiles you purchased? Since most epoxy grouts are not sanded in the traditional meaning of the word, they do not threaten the luster of your tiles with abrasion.
The properties of epoxy grout mean that maintenance is kept to a minimum and bacteria laden, cracked, and stained grout worries are markedly reduced.