Grout is not only used to keep tiles from rubbing together and chipping and for keeping moisture out of the joints, it can, and most often is, used as a decorative element in both indoor and outdoor settings. Since the outside is subject to the elements of Mother Nature, it's important to use the right kind of grout outside. This will ensure your grout lasts a long time and that you get the most out of it, but what kind of grout should you use outside?
First, it's important to make it clear what kind of grout you don't want to use outside. Cement-based grouts are not ideal for outside settings, although they have been used for decades and continue to be used even today, knowing all we know about the performance of these products. Cement grout is very porous and prone to absorbing moisture, dirt, and grime, making it susceptible to damage not only from the elements of nature, but prone to damage from heavy traffic as well. It's hard to say why cement-based grout is still used so often. Maybe it's because cement-base grout is less costly in the short term. In the long-term, however, cement grout will likely need to be removed and replaced, or at the very least, repaired more often. This means more money and more labor, so in the end it isn't really as low cost as it may seem at first.
When you're looking for the best grout to use outside, a high-quality epoxy grout
is really the perfect choice. This is because epoxy grout is durable and resistant to weather. The Tile Doctor is the exclusive distributor of Litokol
Starlike grout. Starlike grout
is eco-friendly, safe for the installer, and safe for consumers and their pets. It's the highest quality grout you can find and sought after by professionals worldwide, not only for its strength and durability, but for its aesthetic value as well. Starlike grout is a two part UV rated epoxy mortar that offers a strong resistance to fading, which means the color will stay vibrant and consistent even with constant exposure to the sun. Furthermore, its anti-acid, waterproof qualities give it a high strength and durability that makes it highly-resistant to the extreme weather conditions outdoor grout will face.
At the Tile Doctor, we carry the very best epoxy grout on the market. We are the exclusive North American U.S. distributor for Litokol, the world leader in boutique grouting product. Litokol grouting products are used extensively worldwide and are highly respected for their quality, durability, high level of performance, and for their aesthetic appeal. Part of our Litokol product line includes Starlike Grout products, which is the highest quality grout on the market. It is also the easiest to apply, so if you've ever heard that epoxy grout is hard to apply, you haven't used Starlike.
At the Tile Doctor, we bring you a range of exclusive color collections that will allow you to exercise your artistic tendencies while using the absolute best epoxy grout for outdoor applications. These exclusive color collections include the Starlike Classic Grout Collection
for a more relaxed atmosphere, Starlike Glamour Grout Colors
for a more vibrant approach, the Starlike Metallic Grout Collection
for creating the bold look of popular metals, or the dazzling effects found in our Starlike Crystal Glass Grout Jewels
. If you're looking for the perfect way to accentuate glass tile installations, Starlike Crystal Glass Tile Grout
is perfect. This product is a translucent grout made up of tiny hollow glass beads that force light to reflect and refract, bringing out the color of your glass tiles for a truly breathtaking effect. It literally takes on the hues of the tiles when the tile is colored all the way through, highlighting the best visual elements of the installation and giving it an aesthetic appeal that is unmatched by any other grout product.
Regardless of what type of visual approach you want to take, if you're working indoors or outdoors, Starlike grout has you covered, both in durability and aesthetic appeal. There are over 159 colors and Starlike finishes, giving you an almost endless palette of color choices and textures that will allow you to express yourself in any location. Starlike is high-quality epoxy grout, so it does not need to be sealed, making it the best grout for outdoor tile and mosaic installations. Once installed, you can rest assured it will hold up to the elements and last for many years to come.
When you are looking for the best epoxy to use outside, The Tile Doctor has the color selection you want and the quality you are demand. To learn more about our superior tile epoxy grout products and our complete line of sealers, cleaners, and maintenance products for your tile installation projects, contact us today at 1-877-TileDoc (845-3362)
. We look forward to supplying you with the only epoxy grout you will ever need for all your outdoor tile installations.
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