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Affordable Decorative Concrete Flooring in an Instant

While the desire for decorative concrete flooring has been around for a fair few years, easy to install and maintain concrete look floor tiles at an affordable price are a relatively new offering. Our concrete effect porcelain tiles provide industrial-style without the faffing involved with pouring concrete or the need of a property magnate’s bank account.

Large modern kitchen with Crema structured concrete effect porcelain tiles in large 120x60cm size from the Cemento collection

The large modern kitchen features Crema structured concrete effect porcelain tiles in large 120x60cm size from the Cemento collection

Those who have looked into the practicalities of having a concrete floor poured, polished and maintained will know the time and cost implications involved. We offer two collections of concrete effect tiles – one structured finish and one semi-polished – and one collection of aged limestone that has a similar look to decorative concrete. These make installation a dream and are maintenance-free, so they’re as effortless to look after as the effortless style they represent.

The cost of concrete effect tiles

This modern lounge features porcelain wall and floor tiles that look like decorative concrete from the Jerusalem tile collection by Porcel-Thin

This modern lounge features porcelain wall and floor tiles that look like decorative concrete from the Jerusalem tile collection by Porcel-Thin

According to the Real Homes magazine, the average cost of a polished concrete floor starts at around £150 per m² and our managing director Ray Smith adds, “Polishing concrete can vary in price significantly, depending on how flat the surface is. When a concrete floor is finished by a builder, you’re looking at a cost of £150 to £250 per m², perhaps even higher”.   Whereas the Porcel-Thin’s Cemento collection (which measures 1200 x 600) is a mere £50 (+VAT) per m² and our Jerusalem Aged Limestone collection (which measures 1000 x 1000) comes in at a cool £65 (+VAT) per m².

When it comes to maintenance and the cost of time and effort, concrete effect tiles are a cinch too. Porcel-Thin tiles are, although ultra-thin, immensely strong and long-lasting. They also boast ultra-low water absorption, meaning that they can be used in kitchens and bathrooms where splashes are likely to occur and this boosts their resistance to dirt and promotes prolonged cleanliness. Also, as they’re resilience to water and frost and have been proven not to crack and deform when exposed to environmental changes, they’re perfect for urbanesque garden spaces and pool sides alike.

Porcel-Thin concrete effect floor tiles used for a lounge and adjoining patio

This patio and lounge have been tiled with Bianco Alba aged limestone effect porcelain tiles which give the look of decorative concrete flooring

Fast decorative concrete floor coverings

You don’t have to start with a new-build or a blank canvas to get the best possible results when laying concrete-effect floor tiles. Porcel-Thin tiles are so thin and light-weight that they are easy to store, manoeuvre, cut and prepare. Most importantly, they can be applied over existing floor coverings and still achieve a neat surface, which saves both time and man-power.

This industrial style wetroom features grey concrete effect wall and floor tiles with Carrara marble effect wall tiles with

A contrast of materials. In this wetroom Zemant concrete effect tiles have been paired with contrsating Carrara marble look porcelain tiles from the Cemento and Ferrara tile collections

The extra-large 120x60cm format of our Cemento porcelain tiles provides a neater, more seamless surface with fewer grout lines. This maintains a more authentic look without sacrificing any “natural” characteristics of the concrete-look covering.  Another perk of using concrete effect tiles rather than “pouring and praying” is that you can appreciate the decorative industrial finish from the word go. When applying concrete, you’ll have to wait another four weeks until you can achieve that gleam and the act of polishing is a very dusty business!

Cherish the concrete choice

While poured concrete is a popular choice for open contemporary commercial spaces, such as retail outlets and restaurants as well as luxury modern homes, concrete effect porcelain tiles offer a treasure trove of options. Yes, poured concrete offers that raw edge, tonal variance and hairline cracks, but actual cracks might not be the best option where health and safety is concerned. Concrete effect tiles offer natural quirks without the extra work!

Our Cemento collection, for example, might be manufactured using digital printing technology to achieve that concrete look but this process is so advanced and accurate that the resulting tiles resemble actual concrete in every way, apart from those flaws and cracks. Concrete tiles also offer up a number of colour and decorative options – from cool and fresh Crema to dark and sultry Cinis in the Cemento collection and semi-polished tiles in various neutral tones from Tosca. Why not embrace warehouse wabi-sabi?

Concrete-effect tiles also open up possibilities when it comes to underfloor heating. In order to continue that contemporary vibe, Porcel-Thin tiles are compatible with a variety of underfloor heating systems and the porcelain heats up very fast and retains heat wonderfully for toasty toes.

Tosca semi-polished concrete effect porcelain tiles in beige and cream colours have been used to create a rug effect in this stylish modern lounge

Tosca semi-polished concrete effect porcelain tiles in beige and cream colours have been used to create a rug effect in this stylish modern lounge

But, what’s the best thing about choosing our concrete effect porcelain tiles for your project? You can also have matching walls! Whatever the size of your room or wall cladding surface area, there’s enough concrete-chic to go around when you choose Porcel-Thin’s Cemento Structured Concrete Tiles, Tosca Concrete Effect Tiles or Jersulam Aged Limestone Tiles.

 

Katy Lassetter

29th March 2018

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