Cement grout has been around for a number of years and is a common staple in the shower area of many older homes. In more recent years, epoxy grout has made an introduction as a viable alternative. However, some people have their reservations about epoxy grout because they don't know much about it. If you're looking for a new grout installation solution for your shower and you're unfamiliar with the difference between cement grout and epoxy grout, here are a few points to consider.
When it comes to your shower, bacteria growth is an important issue to tackle. Consequently, some people choose to use harsh cleaners to disinfect the area. In terms of grout, the problem is that many of these cleaners contain acid. Such acids can be quite harmful to cement grout, particularly when the grout is routinely exposed over an extended period of time.
As the cement is continually subject to acid, it can cause the cement to break down and start to deteriorate. This will eventually leave tiny holes throughout the grout application, causing it to look worn. Holes in the grout also create a prime entry point for moisture and bacteria to spread and settle on the underside of the stone tile, causing the tiles to loosen and increasing the risk of mold growth. Epoxy grout can help prevent this problem because it can withstand regular contact with these acids without the risk of the grout breaking down.
When it comes to stains and bacteria growth, it would be unfair to say that cement grout doesn't do a good job of keeping these concerns at bay. However, it would also be unfair not to mention that these benefits are only afforded when the cement has been sealed. When you first have cement grout installed it has to be sealed in order to create a protective barrier against staining and bacteria.
More importantly, this sealing process has to be repeated several times over the life of the grout. Epoxy grout can offer the same benefits without being sealed. The filer powder, resin and other materials used in epoxy grout create a natural barrier against these types of issues that keep the grout cleaner and looking better with a smaller effort on your part.
In terms of a grout solution that will last for a considerable length of time without an excessive amount of maintenance, epoxy is an alternative to cement that homeowners should consider. Epoxy grout can also be used for exterior flooring, such as epoxy grout for stone.