Comparative Installation and Maintenance Costs for Polished Concrete Floors

Decorative polished concrete 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.

Flooring
Types
Wall to Wall
Carpet
Ceramic
Tile
Vinyl /
Linoleum
Wood or
Laminate
Natural Stone -
Slate or Marble
Polished
Concrete
Available in a wide spectrum of design optionsYesYesYesYesNoUnlimited
Longevity & performancePoorGoodGoodGoodExcellentExcellent
Ease of maintenancePoor**GoodGood***GoodGood***Excellent
Can radiate heat & store solar energyNoNoNoNoYes****Yes
Vulnerable to humidity & moisture damageYesNoYesYesNoNo
Can harbor mold, mildew, dust mites & other allergensYesNoNoYesNoNo
Is a sustainable flooring alternativeNoYesMaybe*****MaybeYesYes
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 costHighLowIntermediateIntermediateLowExtremely Low

As you can see, Polished Concrete Floors offer 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.

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