Polished concrete floors are priced per square foot, but other factors will affect the overall cost. The final cost of polished concrete flooring will depend on the condition of the existing concrete floor and other details such as the stain color and finish in addition to the size of the area.
Polished Concrete Vs Other Flooring Materials
Polished Concrete Vs Tile
Tile floors are a popular choice, but many homeowners are making the switch to polished concrete floors because they are a cost-effective, stylish option. A ceramic tile floor, for example, can cost anywhere from $11- $22 per square foot, while natural stone floors are even more expensive. Polished concrete floors can be stained to look like tile floors, are easier to maintain, last longer, and show fewer signs of wear and tear.
Polished Concrete or Hardwood
Hardwood floors are perhaps the most expensive type of floor. Although hardwood flooring is beautiful, installing it requires extensive prep work and is not the most eco-friendly choice. Some people choose polished concrete floors because they are easier on the environment, less expensive, and can be customized to match almost any interior design choice. Polished concrete is also easier to clean and maintain, without a concern about mold or mildew that may be present with hardwood flooring.
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Polished Concrete Or Epoxy
Epoxy coatings are a popular choice for garage floors and commercial spaces. Epoxy can withstand exposure to certain harsh chemicals, high temperatures, and heavy machinery, making it ideal for areas that require specialty flooring. Polished concrete floors can last up to 10 years, while epoxy floors will need to be fixed or replaced every three years, so if you don’t need high-impact flooring, polished concrete is the clear choice for saving money in the long run.
Factors That Are Influencing on Cost
Quality Of The Subflooring
Polished concrete is created by grinding the surface of the existing concrete slab which is then polished to create a smooth, reflective surface. Concrete floors need to be in good condition to withstand the grinding and polishing, so the condition of the existing concrete floors will have an impact on the final cost. Small cracks can be repaired, but structural damage would mean that the entire concrete floor would need to be replaced.
Size Of Area
Because polished concrete is priced per square foot, the size of the area or number of rooms that need to be done will also affect the final cost. Each room is priced separately, because the condition of the concrete in each room may not be the same, and will require different work to accommodate the unique structure of the room.
Finishing And Designing Of Elements
Many homeowners prefer stained concrete floors instead of plain polished concrete. Stained concrete floors will cost more per square foot, and the price will vary depending on the type of stain you choose and how much stain is required to achieve the final look. Some people want rustic or marbled stained floors, while other design elements are more popular and will require even more expertise to create.
Types of Polished Concrete and their Costs
Walls & Countertops
Polished concrete walls can cost anywhere from $15-$35 a square foot, while polished concrete countertops cost $65- $100 per square foot.
Basement, Patio, And Driveway
Residential polished concrete floors can cost anywhere from $3-$15 a square foot, depending on several factors. Concrete repairs will raise the overall cost per square foot, in addition to the cost of floor prep such as concrete grinding. Polished concrete is a popular choice for basement floors, while homeowners will often choose stained concrete that mimics stone or tile for patios and driveways. The more custom the design, the more expensive the floors will be.
Treated Floor Options
Treated floor options for polished concrete include:
- Acid stained concrete floors
- Painted concrete floors
- Dyed concrete floors
No matter which one you choose, all concrete floors need to be sealed properly, which should be factored into the final cost. Stained floors can cost anywhere from $2-25 a square foot, depending on custom design factors such as how many colors are used.