When it comes to flooring options, tiles and marble are the two most common options. But there is another flooring type which is gaining popularity all over the globe named epoxy flooring. As tiles are quite popular in Pakistan, we will see where the new flooring type (epoxy) stands against it. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. So, let’s compare both in detail here.
What is Epoxy Flooring?
Epoxy flooring is a coating type applied to concrete floors to create a seamless and long-lasting surface. It is made by mixing resin and hardener. When this mixture is combined, it creates a strong and durable surface that can endure heavy loads.
This flooring comes in a range of colors and designs, making it a versatile choice for both residential and commercial spaces.
What Are Tiles?
This one needs no introduction as most of us are aware of what the tiles are. They are a more traditional flooring option compared to epoxy flooring as they have been used for centuries. Tiles are available in various materials such as ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone. They come in various colors, patterns, and sizes. Tiles are relatively easy to install and you will easily get trained labor for installing them.
When it comes to comparing epoxy flooring and tiles, there are several factors to consider:
Well! You are going to be surprised by this. Epoxy flooring is a highly durable flooring type which can last for years without showing any signs of wear and tear. On the other hand, tiles can crack or chip if you drop heavy objects on them. They can wear and tear even if they are subjected to a lot of foot traffic. Some sources even suggest that epoxy flooring is even stronger than concrete.
Most of us know that tiles are easy to clean. But we forget about grout lines which can trap dirt inside that makes it harder to clean the tile flooring. On the other hand, epoxy flooring is easier to clean and maintain as you can mop or sweep it regularly to keep it looking its best. This new flooring type is resistant to some oils and many chemicals. Even if stains build up on it or its surface is no more shiny, you can refurbish it without needing to replace the entire floor.
Here is an area in which tile flooring is a better option. Installing tiles is way easier than applying an epoxy coating. You can easily get trained labor for the installation of tiles which is a little difficult in the case of epoxy flooring. Installation of epoxy flooring typically required the necessary equipment and expertise. It requires careful preparation of the concrete surface to ensure that the epoxy adheres correctly.
Both epoxy flooring and tile flooring are great when we talk about aesthetics. However, with epoxy flooring, you get the option of customization to create a range of designs and colors. So, it is a versatile option for any space. Whereas, tiles come in a variety of colors and patterns, but you cannot customize them. Their appearance is also dependent on the material used.
When it comes to the cost of epoxy flooring, it is lower than tiles globally. But in Pakistan, it is a little higher due to the demand and supply issues. The prices of tiles start from around Rs.90 to Rs.110. per sqft. However, the price of epoxy flooring starts from around Rs.250 to 300 per sqft. 3D Epoxy flooring can cost you around Rs.850 to Rs.1,000 per sqft.
Now let’s compare the advantages and disadvantages of epoxy flooring and tiles head-to-head:
Advantages of Epoxy and Tile Floorings
|Epoxy Flooring||Tile Flooring|
|Highly durable||Wide range of materials, colors, and patterns to choose from|
|Customizable design and color scheme||Easy to replace individual tiles if they become damaged|
|Easy to clean and maintain||Relatively easy to install|
|Resistant to many chemicals, abrasions, and stains|
Disadvantages of Epoxy and Tile Flooring
|Epoxy Flooring||Tile Flooring|
|Can be slippery when wet||Can crack or chip (with heavy impact)|
|Requires professional installation|
(as it is not very common in Pakistan yet)
|Grout lines can be difficult to clean|
|Can be expensive||Not as durable as epoxy flooring|
|Can be cold underfoot in winter|
Both epoxy flooring and tiles have their own benefits and drawbacks. It is your ultimate decision to select which one meets your requirements. Epoxy flooring can be a good choice as a durable, low-maintenance option that can also be customized to suit your design preferences. However, if you prefer a more traditional flooring option that is easy to install and comes in a wide range of styles, and is a little cost-effective, then tiles may be the better option.
Which flooring would you prefer for your home or commercial space? Tell us in the comment section below.
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