From installation cost to required maintenance, it’s best to know exactly what a floor entails before you take the next step and getting it installed.
A tile floor is a popular option for many homeowners, but is not without its drawbacks. While a properly installed tile floor can bring a classic look to virtually any décor, there are positive and negative attributes that come with it.
Stamped Concrete is another flooring option to consider. Stamped Concrete is the process of stamping designs, patterns, and textures onto concrete to create a variety of looks while maintaining a smooth surface.
When comparing the two flooring alternatives, there are different factors to consider before you decide.
Tile floors cost more to install, as you’re paying for both the installation and the tile itself, which can get costly.
Stamped Concrete can offer the same look and style of tile flooring without the need for actual tile. By stamping a pattern into the concrete, you end up with tile pattern for a much lower cost.
Tile floors and Stamped Concrete can look similar, but they differ widely on other issues. While the two look similar, they are very different when it comes to routine maintenance.
Tile floors have grout lines which require more maintenance to keep your floor clean and looking good. Dirt gets stuck in the grout lines and can make your floor look old and grungy long before its time.
Stamped Concrete is just what its name says, which means it has no grout lines. Cleaning a Stamped Concrete Floor is as simple as cleaning any other flat surface.
Tiles can break, chip, and crack, and when they do, you’ll have to replace them. Depending on the tile material, this could happen quite often.
Stamped Concrete is a seamless surface with no tiles to break or repair.
While tile floors are colorful and vibrant, they’re not necessarily the safest flooring option. Tiles are either slick or with a light texture, neither of which are good when you need a strong, textured surface to walk across.
Stamped Concrete is more versatile and can have texture added to the stamp to produce floors that are stylish, seamless, and safe for regular foot traffic. In areas where there’s regular foot traffic or exposure to water, Stamped Concrete is the better option.
Now that you know some of the differences between tile and stamped concrete, decide for yourself which option is best for you and your home. Consider all the factors here and do even more research on your own to find out what’s best for you.