Cons of Concrete Tile

Posted by aihw on March 11th, 2021

They Require Structural Consideration

Concrete flooring is heavy, so before you go stripping out old laminate and prepping for a beautiful new cement-based kitchen floor, make sure your home’s structure can support the weight. The best way to do this is to hire an engineer who can assess your home. If it’s not concrete-ready, the consultant can also connect you with the right contractor who can help reinforce for the additional weight. If your home can’t be easily adapted, don’t get too let down. There are other concrete-like and stone-like products available that are thinner, made of lighter materials, and in some cases, even less expensive.

If you love the look of concrete but aren’t ready to accept the maintenance and upkeep that comes with the product, consider alternatives, like concrete-looking tiles made from materials such as porcelain tile

They’re Thicker Than Other Tiles

Be aware that concrete tiles are usually 5/8” thick, which is thicker than ordinary tile. However you’re using them, be sure the subfloor or backing accounts for the added depth if you’re looking for flush transitions.

Concrete Is Porous (Even Sealed, Concrete Can Stain)

Master Bathroom with Freestanding Bathtub and Large Shower

Blissful Abode Interiors

Concrete tiles require extra maintenance in that they need to be resealed every 2-3 years, and to some homeowners, makes these tiles a deal breaker. Resealing the floors helps to slow the absorption of water in the kitchen and bathroom. In a kitchen, dropped food or spilled wine or oil on the floor can leave a permanent mark on concrete surfaces that aren’t well-maintained or cleaned immediately. You’ll need to make extra efforts to clean and dry them immediately to collect standing water.

If you choose concrete tiles in your shower – for either the tiled surround or the floor – you’ll have to take extra measures to seal the tile and prevent water absorption. A penetrating sealant is mandatory for any space with excessive moisture.

Though we mention above that you can install radiant flooring beneath new concrete tiles, it's not as feasible in older homes with existing concrete tile floors. Washing dishes standing atop hard tile can feel uncomfortable, and they’re not exactly the most in-demand surface for children who like to crawl around and play on the floor. Furthermore, designers are mixed on whether or not polished concrete emits a cold or sterile feeling when the rest of a home is designed to feel warm and cozy. 

They Aren’t Ideal Outdoors

Concrete tiles that are exposed to freezing temperatures and Mother Nature’s elements are more likely to crack and distress – even in covered or screened-in porches that may be affected by the occasional blustery rain or snowstorm. If you’re in a climate with drastic changes in temperature and weather, use these beautiful tiles indoors and choose alternative products, such as natural stone, for outdoor spaces.

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