Polished concrete flooring has been gaining momentum among home builders and renovators in recent years. It’s loved for its rustic yet modern, seamless look and it’s reflective surface adds ambient light to any room.
But home builders and renovators are now faced with a new option: concrete look floor tiles. They are designed to closely emulate the look of concrete floor. But the freedom of inkjet technology allows manufacturers to design colours and patterns that are just perfect so you can fully enjoy the raw beauty of a concrete look. There are many reasons why concrete floor tiles are worth considering. Below are just 4 of many advantages of choosing concrete look tiles over a polished concrete floor.
If you have already done some research into how much it costs to have polished concrete floors in your home, you may have been surprized how expensive it can be. It can cost easily upward of $100 per square meter. That is because of the complicated steps involved to create the smooth and consistent finish you are after. Compare that to concrete look floor tiles, which can be found for less than $20 per square meter at TFO. Even including the cost of installation, it would be much cheaper to use concrete look tiles.
All concrete slabs require a thick concrete layer and polished concrete is no exception. It’s usually required that a polished concrete slab has a minimum thickness of 100mm. That means that if you have 100 square meters of floor space to cover, it would weigh approximately 24 tons! Obviously this is not an option upstairs. On the other hand, installing concrete floor tiles will not add any significant weight to your house. It’s just the weight of the tiles and the glue. Along with using concrete look tiles on floors, you can also use them on walls.
Because of the number of steps involved in creating the surface desired, a polished concrete floor can take up to 1 week to complete. As you can imagine, it also creates an enormous amount of dust. On the other hand, tile installation is much simpler, as long as the surface is in a good condition. It shouldn’t take longer than a couple of days for a small job.
If you want to maintain the original look of polished concrete, you must repeatedly seal the concrete. As the concrete surface is porous, without proper sealing, it can be prone to staining and discolouring from dust and chemicals that may penetrate into the concrete. So sealing must be done on an ongoing basis as eventually the sealant will wear out and no longer be effective. Just imagine having to move all your furniture to re-seal your floor every year! Concrete floor tiles are so much easier to maintain. The glazed surface of concrete look tiles are non-porous, therefore it doesn’t require sealing. Just lay them and nothing else needs doing.
These are just a few of many reasons why you should consider concrete look tiles over a polished concrete floor. Concrete look tiles come in a much wider selection of colours and textures than polished concrete. Whatever the colour scheme of your house, you’ll find tiles that are a perfect complement to your space.