When you are laying a tile or a stone floor, you know that the job is not going to be completed until a grout is applied. Grouting can make or break the whole look, feel and quality of the floor. It is extremely important to make sure that you are using a high quality grout to finish off the floor. There is a traditional cement grout and there is also an epoxy grout. The epoxy grout has some clear advantages over the cement grout which you should consider when finishing your stone or tile floor. Below are some of the advantages of epoxy grout for stone floors.
1. Durability. One of the main benefits of epoxy grout is that it is extremely durable. Overtime, you will notice that cement grout can start to chip and crack. This is due to the brittle nature of the grout. This simply is not the case when it comes to epoxy grout. Epoxy grout is made of resins that are very durable and pliable. They are less susceptible to chipping and cracking and can last for a lot longer.
2. Maintenance. You may have noticed in high traffic areas such as the kitchen and bathroom that cement grout can start to change colors. This is because it can become stained and get dirty very easily. This causes you to spend a lot of time scrubbing the grout to get it back to the original color. Epoxy grout does not stain like cement grout and it is a lot easier to clean because of the materials it is made out of. You will not have to spend a lot of time scrubbing.
3. Waterproof. Cement grout is very porous in nature. This prevents a problem in areas like the kitchen and bathroom. To prevent grout from getting wet and getting destroyed, you are often required to seal it. This adds another level of complexity to grouting. Epoxy grout is waterproof because it is non-porous by nature. This prevents water from getting through the grout and into the floor below.
These are just a few of the reasons why epoxy grout is a great option over cement grout. It does come with some drawbacks such as being more difficult to apply and costing more initially but these are often offset by the benefits of durability, longevity, easy maintenance and being easier to clean. This is a great option for many tile or stone floors.