How Much Do Polished Concrete Floors Cost?

Nick P. Cellucci
Written by Nick P. Cellucci
Updated January 11, 2022
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Highlights

  • A 200 sq. ft. polished concrete floor typically costs $1,536 to $3,840.

  • Most polished concrete floor jobs cost $3 to $8 per sq. ft.

  • Grinding concrete is complex and time-intensive—not DIY-friendly.

  • Several style and finish options are available for different costs.

  • Repairs, design complexity, and grade level will impact price.

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Many homeowners with more contemporary tastes are drawn to the versatile look and low-maintenance surface of a polished concrete floor. If you’re considering polished concrete in your own home, you should first get an idea of how much your new floor will cost.

A 200-square-foot polished concrete floor can cost as little as $600, while a more complex, high-end design in a space of the same size could cost $6,000 or more. Your final cost will include additional preparation or repairs that may be required to ensure your floor is a good candidate for the process.

How Much Does a Polished Concrete Floor Cost per Square Foot?

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Most polished concrete floor jobs cost $3 to $8 per square foot. However, if your existing concrete needs repairs, or if you need to pour a completely new concrete slab, your costs will increase and can run as high as $15 to $30 per square foot.

How Much Polished Concrete Flooring Can I Get on My Budget?

It’s helpful to know upfront just how much you can afford when it comes to a flooring project like polished concrete. The scope of your space and the preparation you anticipate needing will influence how far your budget will stretch. Below are some rough estimates of what different budgets will accomplish.

$1,000 Budget

At the lowest end of the price spectrum for polished concrete floors, you’ll pay $600 for a single layer of polished concrete stain with a basic design in a 200-square-foot space. Depending on your contractor, your space, and the finish you choose, you may be able to cover a space of that size on a $1,000 budget.

$5,000 Budget

The upper end of the typical range for a polished concrete floor in a 200-square-foot space is $3,840, so this budget should get you all of what you want in a space of that size without any problem, as long as your job doesn’t involve any major repairs.

$10,000 Budget

In a 200-square-foot space, even the most complex, high-end designs don’t typically exceed $6,600 in cost. This budget will allow you to achieve a more elaborate design. Choose from styles that include advanced coloring patterns, faux wood looks, gridlines, and more.

$20,000 Budget

If you’re looking to add polished concrete floors in your basement, expect to pay anywhere from $3 to $12 per square foot. Refinishing an average 700- to 1,000-square-foot-basement tends to cost $18,500 on average, so a $20,000 budget should cover your basement barring any unforeseen damage.

How Much Does It Cost to Complete a Polished Concrete Floor Job Yourself?

We don’t recommend attempting a polished concrete floor on your own. Grinding concrete to the correct level is a very complex and time-intensive job. It becomes even more complicated if you’re doing the job on or above the ground level of your home, which can often involve installing new concrete.

Your local concrete flooring professional will best know how to create the design you want and leave you with the clean, shining surfaces you’re envisioning. Get an estimate in advance to ensure that the job you want is within your budget.

What Factors Influence the Cost of Polished Concrete Floors?

No two polished concrete floors are the same. You may need to make repairs before your floors are laid, and the look you want to achieve will impact the amount of work that needs to be done. A variety of different factors can increase the cost of your polished concrete floors, many of which we’ve listed below.

Surface Repair to Existing Damage

If you’re refinishing an existing concrete surface, the condition of that concrete needs to be assessed for damage, such as cracks. Most surface repairs for concrete involve sealing damaged areas along cracks and joints, which can cost about $2 per square foot. If the concrete needs to be fully resurfaced, this can cost an additional $2 to $3 per square foot.

Complexity of Grinding

Grinding is the technique used to polish concrete, and the number of times you grind a concrete floor determines its level and shine and sparkle. If you desire a higher level of shine, your contractor may need to grind your concrete floor multiple times, requiring a more complex grinding process with a higher cost.

Complexity of Design

Your costs will also increase if you choose a more complex color or design for your floors. 

Here’s what to expect for certain levels of complexity:

  • $2–6 per sq. ft. for a single layer of stain with a basic design, polished to a beautiful sheen

  • $5–8 per sq. ft. for a floor with more design elements, scoring, or multiple types of coloring

  • $8–15 per sq. ft. for a more elaborate design with advanced coloring, faux finishes (such as wood looks) and artistic patterns (such as grid lines)

Grade Level

Grade level refers to a room’s relation to the ground level of your home. If a polished concrete floor is being installed on or above grade, meaning at ground level or above, then a cement underlayment will need to be installed. This can add $2 to $3 per square foot to the total cost.

Style and Finish

Polished concrete floors are available in a variety of different finish options, allowing for unique designs and customization. The design you choose for your concrete flooring will also affect the overall cost, with more complex patterns typically running more per square foot than simpler designs.

Most finished concrete floors cost $3 to $8 per square foot, but certain complex designs might cost up to $15 per square foot. Below is a breakdown of some popular concrete finish types and the cost of each.

How Much Does a Polished Concrete Floor Cost by Style?

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Polished concrete floors are available in a variety of different finish options, allowing for unique designs and customization. Most finished concrete floors cost $3 to $8 per square foot, but certain complex designs might cost up to $15 per square foot

Below is a breakdown of some popular concrete finish types and the cost of each.

Concrete Finish TypeCost
Wood-Look Concrete$3 – 6 per sq. ft.
Stained Concrete$2 – $10 per sq. ft.
Sealed Concrete$0.85 – $1.60 per sq. ft.
Painted and Sealed Concrete$1.50 – $3 per sq. ft.

Wood-Look Concrete

Professional concrete contractors can stamp and finish your floor to look like solid hardwood planks for $3 to 6 per square foot. This is half the cost of real hardwood flooring, which tends to cost $6 to $12 per square foot on average.

Stained Concrete

Just one layer of low-end colored concrete stain costs $2 to $4 per square foot. The average cost to stain concrete is $2 to $10 per square foot, while high-end stain jobs with more layers and design could cost up to $15 per square foot.

Sealed Concrete

Instead of infusing a smooth polish into the top layer of your concrete, you can apply an epoxy coating on top. This adds an obvious layer of durable material that protects concrete from chemicals, oils, heavy traffic, moisture, and breakage.

Some homeowners opt for the added durability of epoxy sealing instead of polishing, but you cannot do both. Sealing a concrete floor in a large, open space usually costs from $0.85 to $1.60 per square foot. Sealing a smaller space with tight corners is more difficult and thus costs more, sometimes up to $10 per square foot.

Painted and Sealed Concrete

You can also paint your concrete floors in addition to sealing them, which costs from $1.50 to $3 per square foot, or around $2 per square foot on average. Keep in mind that paint needs texture in order to stick to concrete, and it won’t last if applied to a smooth flooring surface that gets lots of foot traffic.

FAQs About Polished Concrete Floors

Is a polished concrete floor expensive?

At $3 to 8 per square foot on average, polished concrete is comparable in price to other popular flooring materials, such as wall-to-wall carpeting or laminate. It is significantly less expensive than ceramic or stone tile, which can cost $6 to $20 per square foot, or solid hardwood plank, which can cost $6 to $22 per square foot.

What’s the difference between concrete and cement?

You will commonly find concrete used for garage floors and basements, as well as driveways, patios, and full buildings. Cement is actually an ingredient in concrete, and can’t be used to build on its own.

Why should I pick polished concrete for my floors?

Polished concrete floors are becoming popular with homeowners for the many advantages they offer.

  • Ease of maintenance: A properly prepared and polished concrete floor is fully waterproof, and can be cleaned with regular dust mopping or wet mopping.

  • Durability: A properly maintained polished concrete floor can last you a lifetime.

  • Invulnerability to moisture: Unlike other popular flooring choices like hardwood or carpeting, polished concrete is fully waterproof and thus invulnerable to damage from moisture, including mold or mildew. 

  • Affordability: Depending on how complex a style you choose to install, polished concrete is a relatively economical choice that you’ll never have to replace.

  • Versatility: Polished concrete now comes in a wide variety of finishes, colors, and styles to suit indoor and outdoor applications in many different home designs.

  • Eco-friendliness: Eco-friendly materials are used to color and treat polished concrete, making it a good choice for environmentally-conscious homeowners.

Meanwhile, while not suited for traditional room designs, concrete floors have very few other disadvantages. 

You may experience discoloration, stains, or imprints that occur during the pouring stage, but these issues can generally be avoided by working with an experienced local professional concrete contractor.

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