Comparative Installation & Maintenance Costs for Polished Concrete Floors
Decorative polished concrete floors offers a number of advantages that other flooring materials can’t match, particularly when it comes to durability, performance and sustainability. Here, we compare polished concrete floors with some of the alternatives.
|Wall to Wall|
|Natural Stone -|
Slate or Marble
|Available in a wide spectrum of design options||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Unlimited|
|Longevity & performance||Poor||Good||Good||Good||Excellent||Excellent|
|Ease of maintenance||Poor**||Good||Good***||Good||Good***||Excellent|
|Can radiate heat & store solar energy||No||No||No||No||Yes****||Yes|
|Vulnerable to humidity & moisture damage||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Can harbor mold, mildew, dust mites & other allergens||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|Is a sustainable flooring alternative||No||Yes||Maybe*****||Maybe||Yes||Yes|
|Average cost per square foot installed*||$3.38 - 6.61||$11 - 22||$2.64 - 5.64||$8 - 10||$20 - 50+||$3 - 7|
|Average life-cycle cost||High||Low||Intermediate||Intermediate||Low||Extremely Low|
As you can see, polished concrete floors offers a distinct advantage in lifetime costs when compared to other flooring types.
* Source: Old House Web (http://www.oldhouseweb.com/)
** Poor, needs frequent vacuuming; stains easily.
*** May need occasional waxing.
**** Depending on material.
***** Maybe, if using linoleum made from all natural materials.