What's the Difference Between Epoxy and Cement Grout?
Know when to choose cement grout and when to go for epoxy grout with this guide
Although it has plenty of benefits, note that epoxy grout is more difficult to work with than regular grout. It also tends to look like plastic, which some homeowners don’t like.
Regular grout is very easy to shape in outside corners where tile wraps around a wall, curb or shower niche. It is harder to achieve the same effect with epoxy grout, since it takes a little longer to set up in the grout joint.
I find it makes the most sense to grout a bathroom in three to five rounds. Epoxy grout sets quickly, so you don’t want to mix all the grout for the bathroom and then rush it into place.
The time necessary to clean the tile and the high price tag (it often costs three to fives times more than regular grout) can make some tilers hesitant to work with epoxy grout.
Tip: Matching the grout to your tile colour (or to the lightest-coloured tile, like in this shower) makes for a seamless installation. There’s less forgiveness with contrasting grout colours; unless the tile installation is perfect, a contrasting grout will highlight the changes in grout width.
See how to use coloured grout
You can make epoxy grouts sparkle by adding iridescent particles to your mix. Ask your contractor to prepare a sample board in advance to see how much sparkle you really want. The options are endless — you can even fine-tune colours by purchasing different fillers and blending them.
Tip: Medium grey is the safest colour choice for regular grout, because many installations grey out over time as soap and water take their toll.
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