Tile or Concrete? Which is the best flooring choice for your Kamloops Home?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Real Estate Kamloops

For the last several decades, tile has been one of the most common choices for flooring in many Kamloops homes.  It’s durable, comes in various sizes and colors, and has products to match most budgets.  In recent years, however, many consumers have turned to polished concrete as a flooring alternative.  Although it started as cost-effective flooring for commercial spaces, homeowners have started to discover this durable, cost-effective flooring option.  However, which one is the right choice for you?  Whether your choose tile and polished concrete, both are durable, have reasonable price options, and look great.  Both can support radiant floor heating systems, are resistant to moisture damage, and are sustainable flooring alternatives.  Whether you’re deciding on new flooring for your new house or renovating your existing Kamloops home, consider the pros and cons before choosing which product is best for your home.


·         Do It Yourself:  Laying tile is a common DIY project even though it requires some physicality and skills with basic tools (saw, trowel, measuring tape, level).  In fact, many home improvement stores offer classes on how to complete such a project.  Polishing concrete requires the ability to control and properly use a special polisher.  Because of the smaller spaces in homes (and proximity of walls), this is not typically easily accomplished by the average homeowner.  Advantage: Tile

·         Cleaning and Maintenance:  Both products are low maintenance easily cleaned with simple soap and water.  However, tile will require occasional re-grouting as the grout in between tiles wear down.  Advantage: Concrete

·         Cost:  While basic ceramic tile is relatively inexpensive, other tile materials (such as travertine and stone) and design elements can quickly cause the price to jump.  Additionally, there is required upkeep in regards to periodically re-grouting tile, especially in the high-traffic areas of your Kamloops home.  Polished concrete is also inexpensive in its basic form, but can become more expensive if decorative elements are added.  Concrete, however, has virtually no lifecycle cost—unless you decide to occasionally buff high traffic areas to maintain a high shine.  Advantage: Concrete

·         Sound:  One of the biggest problems with using hard flooring options is that they don’t absorb sound.  In order to avoid the “echo” effect in tile or concrete flooring, be sure to add rugs and fabric accents.  Disadvantage: Tile and Concrete


Both tile and polished concrete are great options for high-traffic areas of your home.  Determining which flooring to use is a question of personal style, budget, and whether you wish to do the work yourself or hire a contractor.  As with all major renovations, just be sure you take the time to research your options before making a choice. 


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Comments (5)

Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Eric, I have used the concrete method in several homes and fully recommend. 

Oct 03, 2011 04:15 AM
Eric Putoto
RE/MAX Real Estate Kamloops - Kamloops, BC
Personal Real Estate Corporation

Thanks for that comment. It may help someone make up their minds!

Oct 09, 2011 09:23 AM
Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo

Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego

Aug 23, 2012 04:12 PM
All Floors Inc.

Tiles are always a good choice for high traffic areas. As a matter of fact, they can be one of the best flooring options for high traffic areas. They are durable, easy to keep clean and do not wear down easily. They are a bit hard to install and if you are not up to the task, you can get a great tile look by using duraceramic flooring.

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Jul 02, 2014 07:30 AM