When it comes to building or resurfacing a pool, choosing the right grout is just as important as picking your favorite tile, or finding the right professional to do the work. Like building a house, a good foundation is crucial to the success of the project.
At AquaBlu, one of the most frequent questions we get is, “Which grout is best for pools?” Without question, the answer is: EPOXY GROUT!
To better explain the reasons for this, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list below of all the reasons why you should consider epoxy-based materials for your swimming pool grout.
Epoxy Grout is a 100% Waterproof Material PERFECT for Pools!
One of the reasons epoxy-based grout is the best type of grout to use for swimming pool tile is because of its waterproofing properties. Epoxy grout forms a seal between the tiles and the substrate that prevents water from seeping in, making it ideal for use in wet environments like swimming pools. It will not absorb water and will therefore not cause any damage to the tiles. Afterall, the last thing you need is to spend your money and time building or remodeling your pool into the oasis of your dreams, only to have it fail due to a leak.
It's a Long-lasting Swimming Pool Grout
Pool tile needs to be grouted for protection and to enhance the appearance of the tiles. This is true whether you are installing a waterline or if you are installing tile as the entire pool surface. Cementitious grouts can start to deteriorate after just a few years, causing you to invest even more money and time into repairing or replacing it. Epoxy-based grouts, however, can last for many more years without any problems. In fact, our Starlike EVO grouts are backed by a 10-year warranty! Epoxy grout also resists shrinking and cracking, making it the perfect solution for your swimming pool tile needs.
Epoxy Grout is The Most Flexible Grout for Glass-tile Pools
Epoxy grout is the best choice for glass tile. Similar to car tires, when the weather changes, glass expands and contracts. This adjustment is normal with this type of material, however, the buildup of pressure when it happens can lead to the cracking and chipping of the tile. Epoxy grout is flexible enough to allow the tiles to adjust, while keeping them in place. This means your mosaic glass tile will last longer and continue to look brand new for a very long time!
Stain-proof and Fade-resistant, It’s A No Brainer for Pools
Another reason why epoxy grout is the best for swimming pool tile is because it is stain-proof and resistant to fading from UV rays and pool chemicals. Starlike EVO's colors are achieved with fused colored quartz aggregates and colored glass aggregates, rather than dyes or stains commonly used in cementitious grouts. This ensures a vibrant, long-lasting finish that will not fade over time, keeping your pool looking fresh and new for years to come!
Epoxy Grout Keeps Pools Cleaner by Being Bacteria Resistant
Germaphobes rejoice! The Starlike EVO grout collection not only offers stunning colors and styles, but it’s also resistant to germs and molding, keeping you and your loved ones healthy while you enjoy your pool paradise. Unlike cementitious grouts, it’s 100% non-absorbent, meaning there are no tiny crevasses for water and bacteria to hide in and start to grow. Choosing epoxy grout means that bacteria doesn’t have a chance to spread into the water. This helps to prevent irritation to the skin, eyes, and raspatory system, as well as prevent the spread of infection that can lead to serious health risks.
It's The Ideal, Low Maintenance Choice for Pool Grout
Another reason epoxy-based grout is quickly becoming the go-to choice for swimming pool tile is due to it being a low maintenance option. It requires little to no upkeep. In addition, it's very easy to clean. Just a simple wipe-down with a mild detergent and you're good to go! In fact, many homeowners create their own super-effective solution out of dish detergent, water, and white vinegar so as to use as natural a solution as possible. This makes it a great option for busy homeowners who want a hassle-free pool installation.
Epoxy Grout Doesn’t Require Sealing
Because epoxy is non-porous, you don’t need to take the additional step to seal it after installation. This not only saves time so you can enjoy your pool sooner, but it’s less costly as it’s one less piece of material you need to buy, and less hours you’ll be charged by your installation professional.
Best Color Selection for Swimming Pool Grout
The Starlike EVO collection is comprised of over 150 different color options! This means there is something available for everyone, no matter their preferred aesthetic. Epoxy-based grout is extremely versatile and can be used anywhere in your home. Have a favorite piece of furniture you’d like to compliment? Maybe your bathroom tile just needs a little facelift and regrouting with the perfect color will do that for you. Whatever your design goals are, there are plenty of options. In fact, there are even additive options to make your grout stand out even more. For instance, take the Blue Denim EVO 340 with the glow-in-the-dark additive. This extremely popular grout can be taken to the next level with this easy to add upgrade. Not only will it look stunning during the day, but at night will dazzle and delight your guests with its beautiful glow!
The Eco-friendly Choice: ZHERO Risk
Litokol is a brand committed to the health and safety of its consumers and the environment. As such, they’ve created the ZHERO Risk program, which the entire Starlike EVO collection is a part of. The Starlike EVO grout collection is part of the Litokol ZHERORISK program, making it more eco-friendly than any other grout on the market!
Some benefits of this include:
- Ultra-low VOC emissions
- No strong odors
They are committed to providing superior safety for you and the environment, something we strongly stand behind.
So, there you have it. 9 reasons why epoxy grout is the best for pools. Whether you’re installing glass mosaic tile, building an all-glass tile pool, or adding a stunning waterline made of beautiful porcelain mosaic tile, epoxy-based grout is the safest, most reliable choice you and your family will enjoy for years to come!
Don’t delay, contact one of our AquaPro’s today at (800) 971-1442 to help you create your paradise.