Tile School: Epoxy Grout
Grout can make or break a tile installation and we only want to set you up for success (which is why we talk about grout a lot around here). Today, we're talking about Epoxy Grout, a faster setting type of grout that is also stain resistant (a major win if you're not a fan of cleaning). We'll cover which of our products you can use it with, along with its pros and cons; but feel free to reach out to us with any of your grout questions! Want the low down on grout? Here's our Grout 101.
A bit about Epoxy Grout:
Epoxy grout has two parts, the base and the activator, when combined a chemical reaction begins which means you have limited time to finish grouting before it sets and becomes too hard to work with. This is why we recommend hiring a professional tile installer when working with epoxy grout. Because Epoxy grouts vary, it's important that you have your installer closely follow the directions of the brand you've chosen.
You'll also need to use grout release when using Epoxy grout to protect your tile (more on grout release here).
Tile Shown: Pickets in Glacier Bay in the process of being grouted.
Epoxy grouts are the most durable of all grout choices because they are resistant to stains and water damage, and will hold up against harsh cleaners. Epoxy grout is a great choice where moisture and food will be present, such as in bathroom installations and kitchen backsplashes. Epoxy grout is an especially wise choice if you are opting for white grout (as a sanded/non-sanded will show more dirt and wear-and-tear).
If you're going for a white on white look like the bathroom install below, Epoxy grout might be a good choice for you if you're installer is comfortable working with it:
Things to Consider:
As mentioned earlier, Epoxy Grout is more for the seasoned professional tile installer, as it does set very quickly. It is also the most expensive type of grout, but because it doesn't need sealer and is stain resistant, it can save you time and money in the long run! Epoxy grout can leave a haze or residue on tile surfaces, so make sure your installer cleans your tile properly before and after grouting to avoid this.
Our founder Paul Burns, wanted a white-on-white look for both of his bathroom floors and chose Epoxy grout to avoid constant cleaning:
Tile Shown: 2x6 tiles in Sea Foam and Star and Cross in Daisy on the floor.
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