Seamless Showers: Why “No Grout” Means “No Maintenance”

With any home comes the occasional required maintenance. Every element of the homes at The Vineyards of Amarillo are carefully considered and designed to minimize these costs. From our Stucco Siding to our Xeriscape Lawns, our objective is low-maintenance, self-sustaining solutions. This is the exact reason we chose to minimize a very costly element of many bathrooms: Grout.

Grout is the mixture of cement and additives such, as silica and sand, that fills the gaps between tiles and holds them in place. Grout can cause many time-consuming and costly concerns that require maintenance. For example:

Aesthetics Decline

Discoloration and staining in grouting can happen very quickly. In fact, some cases of grout staining have occurred as soon as a few days after installation. Grout often looks dirty because of two factors:

  1. Porosity, which allows liquids to penetrate and cause staining.
  2. Surface Texture, which keeps dirt on the surface.

While both of these cause discoloration, the porosity of grout presents more of a challenge than the texture, particularly since things like coffee, wine, cola, urine and mold can easily stain more porous grout.

Upkeep and Maintenance

Many products claim to be “quick and easy” fixes to get/keep your grout clean or to extend the life of your grout. Of the products that do work, they often require soak times, scrubbing and multiple applications.

This is just another reason grout is a sizable investment of time and money.

Life Expectancy

The simple fact is this: Grout will not last forever. Having grouting only assures that it will need replaced at some point. The average grout application has a lifespan of 12-15 years, which means putting a temporary solution on a permanent structure.

Replacement

Replacing grout in a shower can be a process that leads to many days, if not weeks, of laborers working in your home. This labor often renders the entire restroom unusable until the completion of the project. As for financial investment, here are some average costs:

Shower Regrouting Cost – $239.11
Retail pricing for non-sanded, polymer modified grout. Water mix. 30+ standard colors. Non-shrinking, crack resistant. Quantity includes typical waste overage, material for repair and local delivery. 120 square feet.
Shower Regrouting Labor Cost – $1,954.73
Basic labor estimate to regrout shower. Remove and replace damaged grout. Seal water exposed inside edges with caulk. Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup. 21.7 hrs
Shower Regrouting Materials and Supplies Cost – $40.00
Cost of related materials and supplies typically required to regrout shower including fabrication and polishing disposables, manufacturer recommended underlayment, fasteners, adhesives and surface sealants. 120 square feet.
Total Cost to Regrout Shower – 120 Square Feet – $2,233.84

How Can I Avoid These Costs?

The answer to that is simple: Lose the grout!

Our showers are seamlessly made without grouting lines, making them a permanent solution to an otherwise costly issue.

The homes at The Vineyards of Amarillo are designed to be long-lasting, low-maintenance solutions to the usual constant repairs needed on other homes. Contact us today for more information or to see our availabilities.

 

(Some information provided by homewyse.)

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