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Different types Wall-to-wall carpet Ceramic tile Vinyl or linoleum Wood or wood laminate Natural stone (such as slate or marble) Polished concrete
Available in a wide spectrum of design options
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See Options with Polishing Concrete Floors

Yes Yes Yes Yes No Unlimited
Longevity and performance
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Durability and Resource Conservation

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 (linoleum may need occasional waxing) Excellent
Can radiate heat and store solar energy
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Radiant Floor Heating Systems

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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Easier Breathing

Yes No No Yes(mold and mildew, if the flooring becomes wet) No No
Is a sustainable flooring alternative
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Project Profile: School Goes Green with Polished Concrete

No Yes Maybe(if using linoleum made from all natural materials) Maybe(if using linoleum made from all natural materials) Yes Yes
Average cost per square foot installed
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Polished concrete cost

$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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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.

*Source: Old House Web