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Polished Concrete versus Other Flooring Materials

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.

By Anne Balogh, The Concrete Network

  Wall-to-wall carpet Ceramic tile Vinyl or linoleum Wood or wood laminate Natural stone (such as slate or marble) Polished Concrete
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Yes Yes Yes Yes No Unlimited
Longevity and performance
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Poor
Good
Good
Good
Excellent
Excellent
Ease of maintenance
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Maintaining the Shine
Poor

(needs frequent vacuuming; stains easily)

Good Good

(linoleum may need occasional waxing)

Good Good

(may need sealing and occasional waxing)

Excellent
Can radiate heat and store solar energy
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No No No No Yes

depending on the material

Yes
Vulnerable to humidity and moisture damage Yes No Yes Yes No No
Can harbor mold, mildew, dust mites and other allergens
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Yes No No Yes

(mold and mildew, if the flooring becomes wet)

No No
Is a sustainable flooring alternative
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No Yes Maybe

(if using linoleum made from all natural materials)

Maybe

(if made from reclaimed or FSC-certified wood)

No No
Average cost per square foot installed
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$3.38 - 6.61* $11 - 22* $2.64 - 5.64* $8 - 10 $20 - 50+ $3 - 7

(for a 3,000-grit finish and the use of an impregnating sealer)

Average lifecycle cost
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High Low Intermediate Intermediate Low Extremely low

*Source: Old House Web

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