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Waterproof Paint vs Waterproof Tiles: Which One is Better?

Showdown of the Ultimate Waterproofing Option: Paint Vs Tiles

Building a house is not just an investment of hard-earned money, but also your valuable time in bringing to life your idea of a “dream” home. And then this dream home of yours withers away with cracks and leaks, as it could not withstand the wear and tear, and the harsh weather conditions! Sounds like a nightmare already, right? Well, this nightmare could become a sad reality, if you do not take waterproofing your house seriously! Water seepage, leakage, and dampness if often seen as common occurrences in most households. And that can lead to major structural damages besides ruining the cosmetic appearance of your home.

Hence waterproofing solutions come as an ultimate saviour that ensures the structural longevity of your home. But while deciding on waterproofing solutions you might get stuck between the paint vs tiles option. So if you are not able to decide which is a better waterproofing choice for your home, we have got you an ultimate showdown between the two options.

Whether you go for waterproof tiles or waterproof paint, you must know each of them has got its own set of pros and cons. And hence in this article, we are here to give you a detailed overview of each of these options along with the comparison of paint vs tiles!

While both dampproofing and waterproofing are methods for preventing moisture retention and are often used interchangeably. But dampproofing and waterproofing are not one and the same. The waterproofer solutions aim to protect the structure both from moisture and liquid water. Whereas dampproofing refers to keeping the soil moisture (dampness) out of the structure. Thus there are various factors that govern the need for dampproofing and waterproofing such as the soil conditions, drainage system, rainfall, and so on.

In this article, we have provided a detailed guide highlighting the nitty gritty of dampproofing right from what it is, to the methods that can be used to ensure maximum protection!

What is Waterproof Paint?

If you notice the paint on your damp walls peeling and flaking, then waterproofing paint for the wall could be your quick solution! So let us break down how waterproofing paint for walls works, and why it may not be an ideal long-term solution!

Waterproofing paint for walls is typically oil, latex, or concrete-based with organic components, which can bond with surfaces like wood or concrete to provide a strong water-resistant, or waterproof seal. These paints are ideal for high-traffic areas such as entryways, as they are easy to clean. And for exposed areas like terraces, acrylic waterproof paint for the terrace when applied with primer ensures durability and increases the resistance against water!


Pro Waterproofing Tip - Asian Paint’s SmartCare Damp Proof is the ultimate choice to be applied on exterior surfaces like terraces and roofs. This glass fibre-reinforced elastomeric liquid-applied waterproofing membrane, upon curing, forms a thick, seamless, durable membrane thus offering ultimate waterproofing.

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What are Waterproof Tiles?

Tiles are popularly used in bathrooms and kitchens as they are easy to clean and maintain. Moreover, tiles are long-lasting and durable, so they need not be replaced as often as you need to do house painting. There are many different types of tiles available such as ceramic, stone, glass, and porcelain

However, porcelain tiles are typically referred to as waterproof tiles because water does not have a significant impact on the body of these tiles. Porcelain waterproof tiles can be installed indoors and outdoors as well. Although ceramic tiles are not damaged by water they might have some water absorption. Hence, a combination of ceramic and porcelain tiles is recommended for any normal wet environment. However, for outdoor installations, such as terraces, porcelain waterproof tiles for terrace is an ideal solution

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Paint Vs Tile - The Ultimate Showdown

While choosing between waterproof paint and tiles for your home, it is important to consider the pros and cons of each option. Hence we have listed some of them in detail, along with other factors that can help you make an informed decision –


Mould Prevention

Moulds are likely to grow on tiles and paints but are more likely to take hold in damp areas with little or no ventilation. However, waterproof paints from Asian Paints are specially formulated with chemicals that help prevent mould growth, hence becoming an ideal anti mould waterproofing solution.


Ease of maintenance

Waterproof paint is easy to apply, and also the maintenance does not much value investment, as paints these days come with ease of cleaning, such as Asian Paint’s waterproof paints!

Although waterproof tiles are easy to clean and maintain, they are rather expensive investments both in terms of purchase and installation. However, with Asian Paint as your waterproofing partner, you are sure to receive the best quality products at the most affordable price. Moreover, if you use epoxy-based tile grout, it can increase the longevity of your tiles, making them stay intact for years to come.


Pro tip - Asian Paints SmartCare tile grout is a superior epoxy-based especially designed for use in the application of ceramic tiles, vitrified tiles and stone joints where a hygienic and sterile condition is expected. It provides excellent water resistance and increases the durability of tiles.



Although waterproof tiles are long-lasting, they are costly in terms of purchase, and installation. It is time-consuming to install tiles, while on the other hand, waterproof paints are not only durable but also provide an affordable, and easy-to-apply, waterproofing solution for your home.


Waterproof finish

When it comes to designing bathrooms, waterproof tiles are a smart choice. Because the bathroom is the most vulnerable area of your house exposed to water sources. However, tile floors are infamous for cooling down during the winter months. So be prepared for some chilly feet once the winter season kicks in.

On the other hand waterproof paints when used with Asian Paints SmartCare Damp Proof, not only offer great protection but also minimise discomfort and are also an easy-to-maintain solution.



Waterproof tiles may not offer the ultimate protection if the tile gaps are not filled with proper grouting material, either cement-based or epoxy-based grouts. The gaps in tiles can lead to water seepage, which would ultimately lead to dampness. However, this permeability issue can be resolved by choosing Asian Paint’s SmartCare Tile Adhesives which have water resistant ability.

Pro-Tip - Asian Paint’s SmartCare Tile Adhesive for normal application is the best choice for both interior and exterior tiles. It has a long pot life and does not require water curing or pre-soaking of tiles. Moreover, it comes as a ready-to-use mixture consisting of cement, sand and special additives, making its application extremely easy with ultimate water resistance


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How can Asian Paints help you with Choosing Between Waterproof Paint & Waterproof Tiles?

Now that we have looked at some of the key factors to keep in mind while choosing between waterproof tiles and paints, we hope these help you make an informed decision. But are you still indecisive about what is the best option for your home? Well, worry not, because Asian Paints waterproofing experts are here to guide you through!

An appointment with our waterproofing experts will clear all your doubts as they will inspect your space, identify the root cause of the problem, and thereafter recommend personalised Asian Paints waterproofing solutions through our SmartCare range of products! So what are you waiting for, book your appointment today!



1. Are Tiles better than waterproof paint?

In terms of durability, water resistance and ease of maintenance, waterproof tiles are a better choice than waterproof paint. However, if you need more personalised recommendations based on your space, you must book an appointment with Asian Paints waterproofing experts.


2. How are waterproof tiles & Waterproof paint different?

Waterproof tiles offer a rather physical barrier against water, thereby ensuring long-term water resistance. On the other hand, waterproof paints, although has chemicals that help in water-resistance, may require reapplication every few years. 


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