The Pros and Cons of Grout in Your Bathroom
Most homeowners say they love the look of tile in their shower but hate the work that goes into keeping it clean. Grout fills the joints between tiles to supposedly create a waterproof surface. However, to ensure grout does it’s job it has to be properly maintained or it can discolor, grow mold and mildew, or disintegrate causing leaks. Let’s look at the pros and cons of grout in your bathroom to help you make the right choice for your home:
Two Types of Grout:
There are two common types of grout, cement and epoxy.
Cement grout is made from cementitious powder mix. This grout holds in water and can be prone to staining and mold buildup. So why do homeowners choose cement grout? Cement grout is easier to work with and less expensive.
Epoxy grout is made from epoxy resins and filler powder that is durable, waterproof, and doesn’t stain as easily. While epoxy may seem like the better option over cement grout, many homeowners do not like it’s plastic-like appearance and the hefty price tag. In most cases, epoxy grout installations cost three to five times more than cement grout.
Cement grout needs to be resealed every year to stay clean and polished, while epoxy grout is every other year. Both types of grout need to be sealed every 3-5 years and properly cleaned or else it can discolor, mold, mildew, or disintegrate potentially causing damage behind the walls.
Re-Bath offers two groutless wall surround options; Dura-Bath SSP and Dura-Bath Natural Stone.
Dura-Bath SSP is our best selling option when it comes to going groutless. This Re-Bath-patented product is made from a durable solid-surface polymer making it resistant to mold, mildew, and deterioration. Dura-Bath SSP requires no grout, making it much easier to clean. Our Dura-Bath SSP comes with a lifetime warranty and comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
The second option is Dura-Bath Natural Stone. Dura-Bath Natural Stone walls are installed using lightweight stone panels that are reinforced with state-of-the-art technology that gives the panels 800% more strength and durability and no grout lines. They are available in marble and travertine.
Installing a one-piece shower base and groutless wall surround eliminates leaks and minimizes cleaning.
If you’re tired of dealing with cleaning and resealing grout lines call Re-Bath. We always offer Free, No Commitment, In-Home Consultations with a Guaranteed Price on the spot. Our trained and experienced Design Consultants are happy to help you design the low-maintenance, groutless bathroom of your dreams.