If you’ve ever replaced your shower or tub surround, you probably already know that the grout between tiles is a crucial part of any bathroom remodels.
But did you know that there are two main types of grout: cement and epoxy? And did you know that these two types of grout can cost significantly more than one another?
If not, it’s time to learn more about these materials and what makes them different.
How much more does epoxy grout cost?
The price of epoxy grout is determined by the size of your project. The larger the area you need to cover, the higher you’ll pay.
Epoxy grout costs more than cement or other types of grout because it can be used in a variety of applications and lasts longer than traditional materials.
In addition to its durability and longevity, another reason epoxy is more expensive than other types of grout is that it is not available at local hardware stores—it must be purchased online or from specialized retailers.
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Is epoxy better than grout?
Epoxy grout is more expensive than traditional grout, but it’s also far more durable. You can expect epoxy to last 10-15 years, whereas traditional grout typically only lasts between 5-10 years.
Epoxy grout is resistant to stains, mold, and bacteria.
It’s extremely water-resistant as well—it doesn’t easily absorb liquids like water or oils (which means no unsightly rings!) and doesn’t break down when exposed to acidic substances such as vinegar or lemon juice.
If you’re looking for a long-lasting solution that won’t leave your tiles looking dull after just a few years, then epoxy is definitely worth considering!
What are the disadvantages of epoxy grout?
Epoxy grout has a few disadvantages that make it a less-than-ideal choice for every project.
- It’s not as flexible as cement grout. It takes longer for epoxy to cure and is less likely to move with the floor if you have any movement in the house or room.
- Epoxy costs more than cement or acrylic grouts, making it less economical for large jobs like flooring projects or tile installations where you may need hundreds of pounds of material for installation purposes.
- Epoxy can be difficult to remove from surfaces, such as tile floors and walls, especially if there hasn’t been enough time between application and removal; this means more expensive labor costs as well as potentially damaging your surface materials when trying to remove failed epoxy projects later on down the line (though this won’t happen if you follow all instructions on labels carefully).
Which is better cement grout or epoxy grout?
Epoxy grout is more costly, but it can be more durable stain resistant, and water repellent. Cement grouts are less expensive than epoxies because they don’t have to be mixed beforehand.
However, cement grouts aren’t as stain-free or mold and mildew resistant as epoxies.
That said, if you’re looking for a high-quality grout that will last for years to come and still maintain its look after many uses (or maybe even decades), epoxy might be the way to go.
Does epoxy grout crack?
Yes, epoxy grout can crack. It just doesn’t happen as often as some other types of grout. Epoxy is more resistant to cracking than standard mortar and cement-based products, so it’s better at withstanding the elements.
If you live in a climate where your walls are exposed to freezing temperatures or high humidity (like Florida), then you’ll probably see less cracking with an epoxy product over time than if you used a standard concrete tile or stone veneer on your tile wall surfaces.
But if you’re concerned about cracking and want something that rarely cracks at all, consider using a pool coping material on top of your bathroom wall tiles instead of applying them directly onto the surface (this would be especially effective for shower stall areas).
How long does epoxy grout last in a shower?
This will prevent damage and cracking of the tile surface as well as any other materials in your shower or bathroom.
Does epoxy grout get moldy?
You’re probably wondering, “Does epoxy grout get moldy?” The answer is yes and no. Mold can grow in your hardwood floorboards, but it’s also possible for the fungus to grow on other porous materials like concrete or tile.
Mold is a fungus and it grows in damp places where there are lots of nutrients for its growth. This means that if you live in an area where there’s more than average rainfall (like Seattle), then your home may have higher rates of mold growth because water tends to run off roofs into gutters or downspouts leading directly into underground drains which then flow into storm sewers carrying away excess rainwater before it reaches our homes!
If you’ve ever had any type of masonry work done on your home before (such as installing brick pavers), then chances are good that some kinder bacteria got inside those mortar joints even though they weren’t meant for human consumption.”
Can you apply epoxy grout over existing grout?
Epoxy grout can only be used to seal and bond new tile, not to replace existing tile. Epoxy grout is not a tile adhesive or sealant, nor is it a waterproofing material.
Simply put, epoxy grout should not be used as a replacement for your existing grout.
Epoxy grout is an ideal product for use with new tile installations that are being installed over existing tile surfaces in areas where there isn’t much room for error.
This means you can use epoxy without worrying about how far away from the edge of the wall you need to get your measurements or how well your cuts will line up when you install them on top of one another later on down the road because we’ve already done all that work for you!
In short, epoxy grout is a great option for giving your bathroom a new look. It’s more expensive than regular grout, but it will last much longer and won’t need to be replaced anytime soon.
You can find more information about the cost of epoxy grout at our website or call us today if you want to get started on your project.