Stained Concrete vs. Tile

Tile can be an attractive flooring option for restaurants and retail spaces. Although both concrete and tile flooring work well for indoor and outdoor environments, with the introduction of staining and stamping techniques that reproduce the look of elegant tile, concrete flooring has several advantages over tile.

Advantages of Stained Concrete


Stained ConcreteWith the help of experienced professionals such as ModrenCrete, stained concrete can look like marble, slate, travertine or terra cotta. The process of staining concrete — along with with scoring or stamped designs, and even grouting — has resulted in wide range of colors and shades. This offers the same style versatility as ceramic or porcelain tiles.

Durability and Maintenance

Terra cotta and slate provide a rustic look but are not impact-resistant and crack or crumble easily. Travertine is ideal for high traffic areas with both indoor or outdoor flooring. Concrete floors will not crack under the pressure of heavy furniture but are just as sensitive as tile to the shifting or sinking subfloors.

Both tile and concrete require regular cleaning with mild, non-abrasive cleaners. High traffic areas require polishing to prevent clouding of the sealant.


Installation of ceramic tile costs between $11 and $22 per square foot, according to the website Concrete Network. Natural stone tiles cost between $20 and $50 per square foot. Staining an existing concrete slab can cost $2 to $15 per foot, which can result in a considerable cost saving.

(Source: SFGate HomeGuides)

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