Find average costs for decorative concrete flooring and the factors that influence how much you'll pay
Reviewed January 22, 2024
What Do Concrete Floors Cost?
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For a concrete floor with a basic finish, you can expect to pay $2 to $12 per square foot. If you have an existing concrete slab that’s ready for staining, polishing, or application of a decorative coating or overlay, most decorative concrete floor installations can be quite cost-effective.
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Here are the base prices for popular concrete floor finishes:
Flooring details such as the size, colors, finish, and customization can greatly affect the bottom line. In addition, factors like additional surface preparation or working around obstacles like cabinets can also influence the price.
Concrete flooring cost ranges between:
Refer to the chart below for an outline of basic, mid-range, and high-end concrete floors; what elements those might include; and how their prices compare to alternative flooring options.
As long as the existing surface is in good condition, basic staining, light polishing, or a simple overlay are all relatively similar in price. If there is a lot of repair work needed, then an overlay may be the better option to hide the repair work. All three options offer multiple ways to customize the look.
Durability & Lifetime Cost of Concrete Flooring
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When comparing various flooring options, it’s important to consider cost and maintenance over the lifetime of the floor and not just the initial price tag. Due to concrete’s durability, longevity, and low maintenance needs, many flooring options may initially be cheaper to install but will actually end up being more expensive in the long run—requiring extensive routine maintenance, refinishing, or replacement.
Depending on your design choices, basic concrete flooring options are comparable to standard ceramic tile installation, while mid-range design choices are more in line with higher-end tile. See the examples above.
Concrete flooring with a mid-range design profile (see above) is comparable to high-end laminate, hardwood,or bamboo flooring.
Unless your existing concrete isn’t structurally sound and requires replacement, your best option is to repair any cracks or holes and move forward with an overlay, stain, or polished finish. The cost of removing existing flooring can be quite expensive, not to mention quite messy.
Epoxy floor coatings are one of the most affordable ways to upgrade the appearance of your garage. Coatings also increase the stain resistance and hide imperfections. There is a wide array of colors to choose from, as well as decorative enhancements, like quartz or paint chips that add a speckled look to the floor. Learn more about garage floor coatings.
Assuming that your basement floor is structurally sound, enhancing it with stain, polishing, an epoxy coating or other overlay can be an economical choice, especially in the long run. Concrete flooring will outlast most other floor covering materials and withstand water exposure much better than water-sensitive coverings that can peel, warp, or mildew—saving homeowners the cost of tearing out and replacing damaged flooring. See 7 reasons why concrete flooring is the best choice for basement flooring.
Radiant in-floor heating systems can not only save energy, but also create a healthier and more comfortable indoor environment. Systems can be installed when new slabs are poured or installed under an overlay on top of an existing slab. Typically, in-floor heating consumes less energy than forced-air systems resulting in lower utility costs. Installation costs, however, can vary widely depending on the type of system, how large the area is, and local materials and labor costs. Learn more about radiant in-floor heating.
Another consideration is the increase in resale value that concrete flooring provides. If you are planning on selling your home in the future, you have no idea what the future owners will want for flooring. If you’ve installed carpet and they want hardwoods, they’ll have to consider the cost and time to remove and dispose of the carpet and may ask for a decrease in the purchase price to do so. With decorative concrete floors, new owners can install wood, carpet, tile, or any other flooring right on top without losing time and money to remove existing flooring.