Concrete tiles. Cheap, but neutral in terms of looks and slow to build.
- 1 × 1
- Cleaning Time Multiplier
- Filth Multiplier
- Move Speed Factor
Paved tile costs twice as much steel as concrete yet has the same Walk Speed, cleaning time multiplier, and Filth Rate. However, Concrete is ugly with −1 beauty. Overall, paved tile is best suited for small rooms, if you want to avoid dedicated beauty buildings, yet still avoid the beauty penalty of concrete.
Paved tile represents a middle ground in between concrete and steel tile in terms of flooring quality. Compared to steel tiles required 7 steel, it is much cheaper to build but has a 20% higher cleaning time multiplier.
Comparison to sculptures
If you have a decent artist (>6 skill), using concrete and sculptures is generally more efficient than using paved tile and no sculptures.
A normal quality, steel large sculpture costs 100 steel and gives +100 beauty. 100 paved tiles cost 200 and have neutral 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.
- 1.3.3066 - NPC shuttle pads now always use concrete or paved tiles as flooring.
- 1.4.3523 - Cleaning time factor added.