Side by Side: Stained Concrete vs Tile – Which is the Best Choice for Your Home

Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor flooring, stained concrete and tile are both top options. Today’s concrete flooring can be stained and stamped to look just like tile but with many extra applications and advantages. However, it is not the best choice for everyone. Read on to find out who can most benefit from stained concrete and to learn how it compares to tile. If you need your concrete sealed or stained, reach out to Fuller Concrete Staining at 310-944-9099.

Comparing the appearance

If you let the professionals in, they can make your stained concrete look like any stone you want, from travertine to terra cotta. The process of staining concrete has improved over the years and now you can have a true rainbow of colors. You can choose matte finishes or bright, glossy finishes. With the right sealant, the look last for years to come too. Since concrete can look identical to tile, but only concrete can look like concrete, it gets the edge.

Comparing durability and maintenance

The durability of tile depends on the particular type of tile chosen. For example, marble tiles are very hard but they are also likely to become etched and can become discolored just by having water on them. This makes marble tile a poor choice for a bathroom, kitchen, or any other room that regularly has water. Other tiles like terra cotta and slate can handle the water but can crack or crumble.

Concrete requires regular cleaning with a mild, non-abrasive cleaner. If it is in a high traffic area then it will need polishing to prevent it from clouding. However, concrete floors are virtually indestructible. They will not crack under the pressure of even the heaviest of furniture and are nearly impossible to etch.

Comparing cost

Prices for both can vary widely. For example, installing ceramic tiles can generally cost between $11 and $22 per square foot, natural stone tiles can be found for between $20 and $50 per square foot, and other types of tile have their own price point. To stain an existing concrete slab costs just dollars per square foot. There is no question that, compared just about any tile, concrete is cheaper.

The bottom line: Which is right for you?

After carefully compare the facts about each option, which is the right one for your needs? If you want a flooring option that is durable, nearly indestructible, requires little maintenance, and is much more affordable, then concrete flooring is likely the right choice for you.

Once you have your concrete flooring, it is essential to take care of it so that it can look great for years to come. At Fuller Concrete Staining we make that easy for you. Contact us at 310-944-9099 now and we can provide a quote for staining and sealing services.

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