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EPOXY GROUT VS CEMENT GROUT FOR TILING: ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES

Over time, kitchen and bathroom tiling can begin to look dull and stained when the grout begins to flake or becomes discolored.


It is important to ensure that when sealing surfaces that are dissimilar, for example countertops and underneath basins and sinks, that the best grout is chosen. This is the easiest way to keep your areas looking new and clean despite everyday wear and tear.


Do you know the difference between cement grout and epoxy grout? If not, then continue reading this article because we will compare both these options, and help you choose the best one.


The main difference between cement and epoxy grout?

Epoxy grout:


Unlike cement grout, Epoxy grout is made from two-part epoxy resins. These two are mixed with filler powder. This grouting option has been used for renovation companies for many years because of its durability, non-porous, and stain-resistance nature.

Cement grout:


Cement grout is a mixture of sand and water and often comes in un-sanded varieties. It is the injection under pressure of cement to fill fractures or voids in the soil or concrete structure. It is a process used to fill voids with cement injected under pressure.


The main difference between cement and epoxy grout is the fact that epoxy grout is non-porous, extremely durable, and stain resistant.


Advantages & Disadvantages


Epoxy Grout


Pros:


· Particularly wet floor areas and walls of showers, the properties of epoxy grout are a fantastic way to extend the life of your shower and maintain aesthetics for a long period of time

· Provides a great barrier to mould and unsightly marks from water ingress so is great for use in shower areas and other tiled areas that see frequent water

· Stain resistant, to a great option for kitchen areas where the risk of grease and grime get splashed around is greatly increased


Cons:


· The more expensive of the two options

· Not a good choice when the size of the joints becomes larger than 1/8 inch, due to the shrinkage of the epoxy

Cement Grout


Pros:


· Great for areas not directly affected by water e.g. walls and floors not directly within the shower

· Cheaper option

· Great for use when using joints that are greater than 1/8 inch because of the lack of shrinkage


Cons:


· Porous and susceptible to water ingress which can lead to mould build up over extended periods of time if ventilation and general maintenance are not adequately serviced

· Slow drying due to the presence of a water absorbing agent


Which grout should you choose?

Wherever possible, we would recommend the use of an epoxy grout. Despite the higher price tag, the longevity of the product will more than make up for the bigger initial investment.


If you are looking at getting a bathroom/kitchen or small renovation off the ground over the coming months but don’t know where to start, then get in touch with our team on 09-218-5255, or henry@helsbyconstructiongroup.co.nz., for a no obligation initial concept meeting.



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