When done by a professional that uses a quality product, ColorSealing offers many benefits and can be a real money and time saving solution.
Every day you look at your tile floors and absolutely hate how your grout looks. It’s old and the color no longer goes with your decor. Wouldn’t it be great if you could change the color of your grout without having to tear out the tile or replace the grout? Fortunately, this technology is available and can not only completely change the color of your grout but will also act as a sealer. This process is known as color sealing.
What is Color Sealing?
Color sealing in the broadest terms is simply the application of a product, paint, dye, or stain that is applied to the grout to change its color.
Types of Colorants
There are many types of Color Sealing products available on the market today. One must be careful in choosing the proper type. Many grout colorants are nothing more than concrete dyes that are applied to the grout. The problem with these dyes is that that may not be long lasting and many are translucent, which means that dark spots can show through, not giving you a consistent appearance.
Other products are nothing more than paints that cover the existing grout. These can peel if the grout is not prepped properly. They can also look artificial and if not applied with a good applicator can leave brush marks making the grout look like it is painted.
The best type of color sealants are those that contain urethane and concrete hardening agents as well as mildewcides. The downside to these colorants is that they need to be applied by trained professionals but the results are much more attractive and long lasting.
How Much does it cost?
Prices will vary depend on numerous factors such as the following:
- The condition of your grout
- The type of tile
- How wide the grout is
- The type of grout
- The prep required
- Repairs needed to be made to the existing grout
- Existing sealers and colorant previously applied
But generally you can expect that the cost of Color Sealing is significantly less than complete re-grouting and sealing.
Advantages to Color Sealing
There are numerous advantages to color sealing your grout. The following are some of these advantages. Keep in mind that even new grout can be color sealed to obtain these properties that bare grout normally will not have.
- Waterproofing and stain resistance
Unlike bare grout, color sealing your grout will prevent water from entering the grout lines. This can be a real plus in wet areas such as showers and bathrooms where water entering the grout can cause damage that may require expensive repairs. Stains from coffee and foods as well as oil will be much easier to clean up and will not penetrate into the grout.
- Mold and Mildew Resistance
Grout is notorious for harboring mold, mildew and other biological growth. Color sealants that contain mildewcides and other biocides will eliminate these unsightly and sometimes toxic molds.
- Easy to Clean
Bare and dirty grout is hard to clean since dirt and soil can penetrate deep into the pores and crevices. Once your grout is properly color sealed it will be easy to clean using only water and the recommended cleaner.
- A Whole New Look
You can change the color of your grout can give a room a whole new appearance. White grout can be colored to a darker color and dark grout can be made lighter.
- Long Lasting
A properly applied quality color seal will last a very long time. We have seen grout coloring last 10 years or more.
Whether you have old and dingy grout or brand new grout , you may want to consider the many benefits of color sealing. For a qualified color seal contractor in your area, click on Find a PRO.