Concrete tiles. Cheap, but neutral in terms of looks and slow to build.
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- 300 ticks (5 secs)
Paved tiles are one of the floors that can be constructed. They are an improved form of concrete, as they do not provide a beauty debuff but cost double the steel.
Paved tile can be constructed once the Stonecutting research project has been completed. Each tile requires 2 Steel and 300 ticks (5 secs) of work.
Paved tiles provide no beauty positive or malus, and cleaning filth on it takes only 80% the work. It is non-flammable and does not penalize walk speed.
Paved tile costs double the steel of concrete, and has the same stats outside of −1 beauty. Overall, paved tile has a niche in small rooms, if you want to avoid dedicated beauty buildings, yet still want to avoid the beauty penalty from concrete.
If you have a decent artist (>6 skill), using concrete and sculptures are generally more efficient than paved tile; see the below comparison.
Comparison to sculptures
A normal quality, steel large sculpture costs 100 steel and gives +100 beauty, whereas 100 paved tiles also cost 100 steel more than concrete and negate concrete's −100 beauty. Large sculptures take 30,000 ticks (8.33 mins) and the concrete takes 10,000 ticks (2.78 mins). Meanwhile, 100 paved tiles also takes 30,000 ticks (8.33 mins), but requires no other work.
Sculptures require a decent artist, take more work, and lower skill artists can create poor quality sculptures. Paved tile is slightly more wealth efficient with normal sculptures, though the difference over 100 tiles is only 40. But higher quality sculptures are more wealth efficient; a good quality sculpture is twice as beautiful for only x1.25 the Market Value and the exact same steel cost.
In addition, sculptures have another key advantage - you can make them out of the more affordable wood or stone. Both materials are cheaper, less in demand, and have at least the same beauty as steel. If all 3 resources are scare, then you should be using natural floor or concrete, not paved tile. As these materials are cheap, any quality concerns are mostly negated. They become even better once an artist can consistently produce good quality sculptures.
Sculptures require an art bench to create, making it harder for brand new colonies to make sculptures, but the bench is not particularly expensive. The other concern is space, as sculptures take up a tile of room. This is only a concern for particularly small rooms, like bedrooms, and should be weighed against simply expanding the room in the first place.
- 1.4.3523 - Cleaning time factor added.