• Stained Concrete Shows Its True Colors
  • Why Stained Concrete?

    Stained concrete floors and hardscapes offer a number of advantages that other flooring materials can't match, particularly when a homeowner is looking for a one-of-a-kind custom look. Below, we compare stained concrete floors with other popular surfaces.

  • Colors
    Carpet Yes
    Ceramic Tile Yes
    Vinyl or Linoleum Yes
    Hardwood or Wood Laminate No
    Natural Stone (e.g. Slate or Flagstone) No
    Stained Concrete Unlimited
     
    Durability and Longevity
    Carpet Poor
    Ceramic Tile Good
    Vinyl or Linoleum Good
    Hardwood or Wood Laminate Good
    Natural Stone (e.g. Slate or Flagstone) Excellent
    Stained Concrete Excellent
     
    Custom
    Carpet No
    Ceramic Tile No
    Vinyl or Linoleum No
    Hardwood or Wood Laminate No
    Natural Stone (e.g. Slate or Flagstone) No
    Stained Concrete Yes
     
    Heat Storage and Solar Energy
    Carpet No
    Ceramic Tile No
    Vinyl or Linoleum No
    Hardwood or Wood Laminate No
    Natural Stone (e.g. Slate or Flagstone) Yes, depending on the material
    Stained Concrete Yes
     
    Humidity and Moisture Resistant
    Carpet No
    Ceramic Tile Yes
    Vinyl or Linoleum No
    Hardwood or Wood Laminate No
    Natural Stone (e.g. Slate or Flagstone) Yes
    Stained Concrete Yes
     
    Mold, Mildew, Dust Mite and Allergen Resistant
    Carpet No
    Ceramic Tile Yes
    Vinyl or Linoleum Yes
    Hardwood or Wood Laminate No (when wet)
    Natural Stone (e.g. Slate or Flagstone) Yes
    Stained Concrete Yes
     
    Average cost per square foot installed
    Carpet $3.38 - $6.61*
    Ceramic Tile $11 - $22*
    Vinyl or Linoleum $2.64 - $5.64*
    Hardwood or Wood Laminate $8 - $10**
    Natural Stone (e.g. Slate or Flagstone) $20 - $50+**
    Stained Concrete $2 - $15+*
    *Source: Old House Web
    **Source: Bob Harris’ Guide to Stained Concrete

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