In a world that is full of confusing, opaque marketing claims and buzzwords, it can be difficult to know what to believe.
So when I read about epoxy grout in the home improvement magazines, I was skeptical about whether it would actually make any difference.
Epoxy grout is infused with polymers that make it tough and flexible—it’s supposed to last longer than regular grout and even improve its color over time. Still, how much better would epoxy grout be than plain ol’ grout? Is it worth the extra money?
Is epoxy grout worth it?
Epoxy grout is more expensive than regular grout. It can cost an average of $2-6 per square foot to install, depending on the company and the type of product you choose.
This is an average of one-third more costly than traditional grout installation.
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How long will epoxy grout last?
As for durability, epoxy grout is incredibly strong and long-lasting. It can last years longer than regular grout in many cases.
Epoxy grout is also resistant to mold and mildew, which can be a problem with other types of grout. This makes it easier to maintain your shower or bathroom because you won’t need to worry about keeping the area clean or disinfecting it as much.
Finally, epoxy grout is resistant to stains caused by soap scum or hard water buildup. If you have any concerns about these issues when it comes time to choose between epoxy and standard grouts, then know that this material offers better protection against them than most other materials on the market today!
Is epoxy better than grout?
So, is epoxy worth the money? Well, yes and no. Epoxy grout is more durable than regular grout because it has a higher water resistance rating than traditional grout.
This means that it’s more resistant to mold, staining from food debris, and other liquids that may end up in your kitchen or bathroom over time.
It also comes with some advantages over traditional grout: for example, it’s more stain resistant than standard products because of its high pH (6-7) and low porosity (low absorption rate).
While this makes for a tough material that won’t absorb dirt easily—a great feature for bathrooms—it also means that any spills will be harder to clean up!
However, while these characteristics make epoxy an ideal choice for high-traffic areas such as those commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms due to their durability under foot traffic (which can sometimes cause damage using regular tiles), they don’t necessarily make these surfaces impervious to damage if you’re prone to dropping things sometimes off tables onto them!
How much more does epoxy grout cost?
How much more does epoxy grout cost?
- In general, you can expect to spend about $10-$15 per square foot for the material itself—the same amount you’d pay for standard grout. If your project is on the larger side and requires a lot of materials, that figure could go up by $3-$5 or so per square foot. On a smaller scale, though, with the less total area and less material required, it might not be worth paying extra.
- The takeaway here is that epoxy grout may be more expensive than standard grout by about $1 per square foot if you’re using only one or two colors (including clear). This doesn’t sound like much until you consider how often we renovate our bathrooms: approximately every 7 years!
Does epoxy grout yellow over time?
Epoxy grout is a great choice for your bathroom, kitchen, or any other room in your home. It can last for decades and it’s easier to maintain than standard grout.
However, there are some common misconceptions about epoxy grout that make people think twice before investing in this type of material.
Let me explain:
- Epoxy grout does not yellow over time
- Epoxy grout is more resistant to stains
- Epoxy grout is more resistant to water damage
- Epoxy grout is more resistant to mold and mildew (it prevents them from growing)
- Epoxy grout is more resistant to heat
Is epoxy grout hard to clean?
You can easily clean epoxy grout with a sponge or cloth. Because it does not absorb dirt, it’s not likely that you’ll need to scrub hard to get the grout clean.
Even if you do get something on your epoxy grout, like food spills or ketchup stains (we all know how messy kids can be), cleaning it up with a simple wipe-down will do the trick!
If you want even easier cleaning than that, though, there’s no need to worry: most people find that they don’t even have to use any sort of soap when they clean their epoxy grout!
That’s because this material is resistant to water and other liquids as well as stains—and all of these factors make it extremely easy for surfaces made from this product to stay clean after being exposed for long periods of time.
Does epoxy grout grow mold?
Mold is a fungus, and as you know, mold loves to grow on anything. As long as the surface is wet, it will start growing. You see this on all types of surfaces—wooden furniture, clothes in the closet, bathtubs, and showers.
It’s especially problematic if there’s water damage present (a leaky roof or plumbing problem).
So what makes epoxy grout different? Is it immune to mold growth? The short answer is no. If you have any moisture inside your walls for an extended period of time—and even if it’s just a small amount—then there will be some sort of growth on your grout no matter what material you choose for your tile project. So how do we prevent this from happening?
It’s not always possible but keeping things dry can help prevent mold from taking hold in any area of your home or business premises where there are tiles installed such as showers/bathrooms etc because these areas are likely going through cycles where they get wet then dry out again which encourages the growth of molds if there isn’t already one present beforehand
Can I put epoxy grout over old grout?
You can use epoxy grout over old grout, but it will not adhere as well as it would on new tile. Before you begin, you must remove all of the old grout with a grout saw and a pumice stone.
Once all of the old grout is removed, clean the tiles with hot water and an abrasive scrubber pad or sponge to remove any dirt or residue left behind by your cleaner.
After cleaning, apply a primer to each tile before applying epoxy grout in order for it to adhere properly.
So, is epoxy grout worth it? Well, that depends on how long you want your floors to look good. Epoxy can last anywhere from five or 10 years to 25 years or more. If that’s important to you, then yes—go with the epoxy grout!