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Why should I use Epoxy Grout?

When it comes to the installation of that beautiful glass tile, you just purchased, you should take the same care in picking out the proper setting materials as you did in choosing the flooring or wall tile. Why is this so important? The standard adhesive and grout for decades have been a cement-based product. This is the go-to generic product that tile setters have used since the dawn of time. Tile setters are usually reluctant to entertain using a new product. Therefore, you need to be knowledgable regarding setting materials, especially for glass tile.
The issue with cement based adhesive and grout is that it is porous, prone to absorbing moisture, dirt and grime. In short-term it is less expensive than epoxy-based materials but, in the long term, it often costs you more for materials and labour in repairs, re-grouting, replacement and more.
There are minute metallic particles within cement -based grouts that can begin to rust over time and cause unsightly staining and a set-up for failure. Some manufacturers add a microbial ingredient (Nanosilver) that can leach out into water systems and eventually cause the microbial retardant to become ineffective.

mouldy cement grout

These are some of the many reasons why you would want to consider Litokol epoxy-based adhesive and grout systems. Consider some of these important facts, not all epoxies are created equally. Litokol is rated with the lowest toxicity classification even against cement grout. It has no impact on the environment and can be transported by air freight because it is not regulated as “dangerous goods”. All other epoxies are corrosives with potential for health hazard. All other epoxies are rated to have environmental risks. All other epoxies must be disposed of in a licensed facility as hazardous waste- both product and containers.
So, if you are well read on the best practices and best materials needed to install your gorgeous tile you will be an educated consumer and your own best advocate while working with the trade professionals. Litokol has excellent technical support and will work with installers to educate and guide them if needed.
To top it all off, Litokol has a broad colour palette including metallic and jewel additives and crystal grout to enhance your glass tile and decorative mosaics.

a rainbow of grout colours

Why smooth out those ridges?

When installing glass tile, especially transparent glass tile, there is one “behind the scenes” step you or your tile installer must take. When applying adhesive to a substrate in preparation for installing the glass tile sheets one uses a notched trowel to ensure the proper amount of adhesive is applied. It is important that you flip the trowel to the smooth edge and proceed to smooth out the ridges caused by the notched edge.

There are a couple of reasons for doing this, one is to ensure that there is 100% coverage and adhesion of the tile to the substrate. The other reason is to eliminate those perfect little pathways that grout just loves to find its way into and travel back behind your tile. Imagine purchasing that gorgeous glass tile and then choosing that beautiful colored grout only to end up with polka-dots or streaks of color behind the tile. It is a must to read the manufacturers setting instructions and setting material recommendations so that you are well prepared for what to expect with your glass tile installation.

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