Many of our customers discover Concreate floors when researching their flooring options, often having started with a polished or poured concrete floor in mind, or porcelain or ceramic tiles.
When planning tile and concrete floors the restrictive nature of traditional products, complex installation requirements and cost often provides a barrier to installing them as the final flooring choice.
This is why so many people then choose Concreate, and not just for its cost and easy installation benefits – but because once they see it, they discover beautiful floors that looks just as good, if not better than traditional tiles and concrete. And they offer a lovely soft warm feel underfoot.
We’ve taken a look at just a few of the practical benefits to choosing Concreate floors when compared to other types of flooring.
Concreate vs Porcelain or Ceramic Tile
Natural look and feel, each panel is unique vs Digital images with consistent pattern repeat
Micro bevelled tongue and groove edges resulting in no grout lines and a seamless surface vs Requires grout lines plus grout can be hard to keep clean
Soft under foot vs Feels hard under the feet, fragile items dropped on the surface are likely to break
Easily and inconspicuously repaired vs Difficult to repair and when attempted repair is likely to be visible
Short down time from install to use of floors, just 4 to 6 hours vs Typically 24 hours after installation before you can use your tile floor
Seamless transition when installed with tongue and groove wood floors vs Complicated transition to wood floors requiring visible transition
Installation costs are lower vs The cost of porcelain tile installation is normally higher compared to installing Concreate floors. In addition, purchasing cement backer boards, mortar and grout results in extra costs
Concreate vs Polished or Poured Concrete
Quick and easy to install using tongue & groove installation profile vs Time consuming multi step application process. Grinding itself takes 3 days for medium sized jobs
Ready to walk on within 3 hours of install vs A drying and curing process of 72 hours with poured concrete
Can be installed on any wood or concrete subfloor, and on upper/mezzanine levels vs Install only on ground floor where there is a concrete subfloor
No cracking or pitting vs Cracks from the sub floor can transfer to the final polished concrete surface
Easily repaired with Concreate repair kit vs Repairs are noticeable when they are possible
Liquid and chemical stain resistant, no sealer required vs Can stain easily, surface needs to be sealed after installation, and as part of a regular cleaning regime
Easy to maintain with a natural oil soap vs Requires daily dust mopping to keep surface free from dirt which could dull and scratch surface.
Easy, seamless transition from Concreate to wood flooring vs Transition to wood flooring will be raised at transition site
Comes in 3 finishes with no coating required vs Decorative concrete floors need to be finished with an epoxy coating which can be compromised by scratching. Scratches in the finish can cause dirt collection and possible water penetration of the finish
Controlled shades represented by samples vs Shade variances in finished colour can be caused due to climate and curing conditions
Soft under foot vs Feels hard under foot, and fragile items dropped on the surface are likely to break
Excellent insulation and acoustic properties vs Can create a cold and echo prone environment