Despite having been a part of interior design for a very, very long time, tiles seem to be as popular as ever. You’ll find tile patterns in plenty of places, particularly bathrooms and kitchens.
And while they look nice, they also have some disadvantages. Alternatively, you can achieve the appearance of tile with stamped concrete. Which is the better of the two options? Let’s take a closer look!
Tile flooring provides a stylish, hard surface that’s water resistant and generally long lasting. Individual tiles, however, can be prone to breaking. One of the biggest downsides of tile flooring, however, is the installation. Installing (and also removing) tile is known to be laborious, with mortar being put down, each tile being laid individually, and then grout being placed in between the tiles.
This installation process can add a considerable amount to the cost of tile flooring.
While tile is easy to clean and holds its appearance, the grout can become stained and discolored over time. Shifting ground could cause tile to become uneven or misaligned as well.
Also, the durability of tile can vary depending on the type of tile chosen, which in turn, affects appearance. So, the tile you might think is most attractive also might not be as strong. Pricing is greatly affected by the tile material chosen.
Stamped concrete offers essentially all of the advantages of tile, from durability to water resistance. The installation process, however, tends to be quicker, especially if you have a concrete base in place already.
Best of all, you’re able to customize it to look however you want. You can mimic another type of tile material, or you can opt for a more unique design. The choices are nearly limitless. Because the same tools and materials are being used regardless, pricing stays affordable and the durability remains as strong as ever.
Though stamped concrete installation might not be the hassle that laying tile is, it still requires a deft touch and some specific tools. That’s why it’s best to leave it to a professional. If you’re redoing your flooring, stamped and stained concrete offer limitless options for an affordable price.
At Select Flooring Systems, we can handle all of your flooring needs, from stamped concrete to garage floor coating and beyond. Contact us today.