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

Different typesWall-to-wall carpetCeramic tileVinyl or linoleumWood or wood laminateNatural stone (such as slate or marble)Polished concretePolished Concrete Overlay
Available in a wide spectrum of design optionsYesYesYesYesNoUnlimited
Longevity and performancePoorGoodGoodGoodExcellentExcellent
Ease of maintenancePoor (needs frequent vacuuming; stains easily)GoodGood (linoleum may need occasional waxing)GoodGood (linoleum may need occasional waxing)Excellent
Can radiate heat and store solar energyNoNoNoNoYes, depending on the materialYes
Vulnerable to humidity and moisture damageYesNoYesYesNoNo
Can harbor mold, mildew, dust mites and other allergensYesNoNoYes(mold and mildew, if the flooring becomes wet)NoNo
Is a sustainable flooring alternativeNoYesMaybe(if using linoleum made from all natural materials)Maybe(if using linoleum made from all natural materials)YesYes
Average cost per square foot installed$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 costHighLowIntermediateIntermediateLowExtremely Low
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