What is Grout?
Shower Regrouting, Bathroom Waterproofing and Shower Repair – What You Need To Know
When it comes to leaking shower repairs, your shower will invariably need regrouting. Now, this may sound like a technical term, so we have provided the information below on exactly what grout is and the types of grout that are most commonly used.
What is Grout?
Grout is a type of mortar used to fill joins in between tiles. It normally consists of water, cement, and sand; or cement and water. It is Applied in semi-liquid form spread into joints. Once hardened, the grout creates a water-resistant seal. It is this water-resistant seal that is essential in making sure any bathroom shower repairs are successful.
What Are The Main Types Of Grout Used In Shower Regrouting?
The two main types of grout are epoxy and cement-based grout. Shower Solutions uses cement based grout because we believe there are too many disadvantages when using epoxy grout.
Shower Regrouting – Disadvantages of Epoxy Grout
- Once epoxy grout has hardened it is practically impossible to remove.
- If your house sustains any structural movement causing the joints to open up repairing the area becomes very difficult and expensive.
- Epoxy grouts are hazardous and should be handled with extreme care.
- Epoxy grout is expensive even when the cost of sealants and other additives are taken into account.
- Epoxy grout can cause serious discoloration to certain surfaces
Shower Regrouting – Advantages of Cement-Based Grout
- Any repair work can be undertaken with ease and is cost effective
- Most tradesmen are familiar with cement based grout
- Cement-based grout additives on the market today are very effective in resisting water.
- Cement-based grout can be sealed for extra water resistance.
- Cement-based grouts today are sanitised and mould resistant