Grout is an important component when installing tile anywhere in your home. It fills the spaces between the tiles and helps to hold them in place. Traditional grout is cement-based and porous and can stain, crack, shrink and need to be repaired. As a result, people can look for something else to use instead of traditional grout. Another reason that people may turn to an alternative is if they are looking for a specific color or finish their space. There are options that are resistant to staining and have more flexibility than traditional grout as well. What are some alternatives to traditional grout? Read on to find out.

Urethane Grout

Urethane grout is water-based and premixed so that color is consistent. The great thing about this premixed product is that you can use what you need and then store the rest for later. The strength of this grout comes from fine silica sand (quartz). The grout is made of polyurethane resins and polymers along with sand. A benefit of this type of grout is that it won’t discolor if it is exposed to direct sunlight. It is stain resistant and resistant to discoloring. It can also be customized to match the color and texture of the surface where you place it.

Silicone Grout

Silicone grout can be used in places where regular grout (cement) does not work very well. These can be places that have high temperatures and a lot of moisture. Silicone grout is resistant to staining, mildew, and mold. This means you can look at areas in your kitchens and bathrooms and water-rich environments in your home. This type of grout is so named because it is comprised of silicone. It has flexibility which allows it to contract and expand without becoming cracked. Additionally, it does not absorb liquids, which makes it easier to maintain. This material is durable and does not need to be sealed.

Epoxy Grout

Epoxy grout is similar to silicone mentioned above in that it is resistant to stains and moisture. Also, this is good grout for high-traffic areas in your home, such as the bathroom and the kitchen. This type of grout is made of epoxy resin and hardener and is not porous, so it does not absorb liquids and resists mildew and mold. If you are looking for a grout that comes in a variety of colors, if you are looking to use it decoratively, then epoxy grout is a great option. It may prove to be difficult to work with, so review what you are considering using this for and your level of expertise with the product.

There are many alternatives to traditional grout. We discussed a few options above, and this is a great starting point to get you started on your household projects.