Polished Concrete – Planning the Finish

What’s an Average Cost of Polished Concrete Per Square Foot and How Does It Compare to Other Commercial Flooring Solutions?

Concrete is a durable, versatile, and cost-effective commercial flooring option. However, standard dull grey is far from your only option. To upgrade the design aesthetic in your business, consider polishing your concrete. There are many options and finishes to choose from—some so impressive that no one will know it’s concrete! Here is a closer look at what polished concrete costs per square foot.

Basic Installation Costs

If you already have concrete, skip down to the remaining text. However, if you currently have carpet, wood, or laminate and would like to make the switch to concrete—your basic underlayment will cost around $3 per square foot to install. This is in addition to the cost of polishing.

The Current Condition Of Your Concrete

Before your concrete can be polished, it must be prepped and repaired. If your flooring is even and you have minimal wear and tear, then basic preparation will be included in your cost per square foot. However, if your concrete is cracked, chipped, uneven, stained, or spalling—the additional grinding and repairs can cost either a flat-rate repair fee or $2 per square foot. A full resurfacing will cost around $3 per square foot.

The Type Of Polishing Will Vary Greatly

While concrete is a cost-effective alternative to wood, carpet, and tile—the more advanced the polish, stain, and design the more it will cost. In some cases, the upfront cost may be greater than wood or carpet, but the long-term repairs, maintenance, and longevity will far outlast both. Here is a basic look at rage of polished concrete per square foot:

One Color Stain—if you just want one color across the entire floor or a generic pattern such as a faux wood stain, your cost will be $3 to $5 per square foot.

Multi-Color with Saw-Cuts—if you would like more than one color with saw cuts that create a simple design, your cost will be between $8 to $15 per square foot.

Custom Design or High-End Polish—if you have an intricate design with multiple saw cuts, colors, dividers, stencils, embeds, texturing, or faux-wood or marble-finish, your cost can average between $15 to $30 per square foot.

Advantages Of Polished Concrete

Concrete is notoriously easy to maintain especially in businesses with heavy machinery and high traffic. This is why it is popular for both warehouses and large entryways. Sweep and mop daily, and polish and spot-repair as needed, and your concrete flooring will last an average of 20 years. Concrete is faster, easier, and less expensive to maintain than both wood and carpet—and less susceptible to staining and damage.

As a cost-effective, versatile, and durable flooring option—concrete is being found in more residential buildings too. The cost per square foot for polished concrete is similar for both residential and commercial use. If you live or own a business in the Vancouver area and would like to learn more about your concrete flooring options, reach out to the team at Pro Level Concrete today!