Use the table below to compare various types of flooring to polished concrete and polished concrete overlay.

 Wall-To-Wall CarpetCeramic TileVinyl or LinoleumWood or Wood LaminateNatural Stone (Such as Slate or Marble)Polished ConcretePolished Concrete Overlay
Available in a wide range of design optionsYesYesYesYesNoYesYes (unlimited)
Longevity and performancePoorGoodGoodGoodExcellentExcellentExcellent
Ease of maintenancePoor (needs frequent vacuuming and stains easily)GoodGood (linoleum may need occasional waxing)GoodGoodExcellentExcellent
Can radiate heat and store solar energyNoNoNoNoYes (depending on the material)YesYes
Vulnerable to humidity and moisture damageYesNoYesYesNoNoNo
Can harbour mould, mildew, dust mites and other allergensYesNoNoYes (mould and mildew can appear if the flooring becomes wet)NoNoNo
Is a sustainable flooring alternativeNoYesMaybe (if using linoleum made from all natural materials)Maybe (if using laminate made from all natural materials)YesYesYes
Average cost per square metre installed$36 to $70$118 to $235$28 to $60$85 to $110$215 to $500+$70 to $110 (depending on level of shine)$270
Average lifecycle costHighLowIntermediateIntermediateLowExtremely LowExtremely Low

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