Cost of Polished Concrete Floor VS Tiles Floor VS Wood floor
Floors of buildings are finished to obtain fine and glossy looks. The finishing can often be done using tiles on a concrete subbase or wood flooring or even only polishing the concrete to obtain a shiny look.
In the case of concrete polishing, different strains are often added to have different designs on the floors. Different polishing options can have different costs associated with them.
In this article, we will discuss these costs and the factors affecting the cost.
Concrete Polished Floors
Concrete polishing costs are usually expressed in per square ft or per square meter cost.
In this section, we will discuss the factors affecting concrete polishing costs and the costs that may incur in various parts of the world.
Factors affecting the cost of polished floors
1.1 Existing concrete floor condition
In some cases, the concrete floor is already existing. In such cases, the condition of the existing floor is very detrimental to the cost of concrete floors.
For example, floors that are well-kept and maintained properly are easier to polish and hence the price is less. On the other hand, floors that are not in good condition will need to get more effort for polishing and as a result, the price may also be higher.
1.2 Repair need
This factor goes hand in hand with the previous one. Like in many cases, floors may need significant repairs before the actual polishing process can begin.
Repairs can be related to the cracking due to wear and tear missing stones, and even due to large holes in the floor. Such floors need significant effort to be prepared before the polishing process.
Small repairs have lower prices, while more complicated repairs are a bit higher.
1.3 Type of finishing applied
Concrete floors can simply be polished using a concrete cutter or they can be applied with different stains and epoxies. Therefore, the type of finishing would certainly affect the cost.
Usually applying epoxies may cost you more. Similarly, if you want to have different designs on the floors, this will cost you more.
The cost of polishing is also the factor of the amount of polishing gloss. The more gloss you want, the more it will cost.
1.4 Size of the area
The size of the concrete floor to be polished also affects the costs. The more area you need to polish you would have less per square ft cost of concrete polishing. This is mainly the distribution of various associated costs due to larger areas.
The cost of concrete floor polishing varies worldwide. The following costs are associated with the polishing of existing concrete floors.
- In India, it may cost you around 5 USD per square meter.
- In Australia, it may cost you around 40 USD per square meter. This is mainly due to high labor costs and better construction quality practices.
- Costs in South Africa may be around 30 to 50 USD per square meter. This is again due to higher labor costs and concrete prices.
- In the UK it may cost you around 60 USD per square meter. The higher cost is particularly due to more labor costs.
Tile floor costs are usually expressed in per square ft or per square meter cost. In this section, we will discuss the factors affecting tile floor cost and the costs that may incur in various parts of the world.
Factors affecting the cost of tiled floors
2.1 The contractor you are hiring
Local contractors are usually cheaper to be hired in comparison with international or renowned contractors. Certainly, it will also affect the quality of work.
Local contractors may not provide you with good quality of service as compared to the international one, but this is not always true.
2.2 Floor sizes
The size of the tile floor to be finished also affect the costs.
The more area you need to finish, the lesser is per square ft cost of finishing. This is mainly the distribution of various associated costs due to larger areas. Overhead costs in small floor areas are higher per square than large floor areas.
2.3 Type of tile
The ceramic wood tile installation cost will be much lower compared to granite and marble.
Natural stones are very expensive and can cost as much as 50% more than ceramic or porcelain. Also, natural stones will require sealing after the installation process. Again, this will cost more money. However, natural stones are stronger and have good resistance against wear and tear.
2.4 Requests for custom work
Patterns, mosaics, prints, and borders are the custom works apart from simple tiles fixing. Such floors may take more time and resources to finish, which is why you must pay more.
2.5 Preparation of surface
Usually, If your concrete floor needs leveling and extra prep work, the installation cost will be much higher. In this case, the installer would need more time to spend more time to prepare the floor for the tiles.
2.6 Accessibility of installation area
Apply tile floors on the areas that do not have better accessibility would result in more labor costs. For example, applying tiling to the floor of complex building apartments would cost you more than the single-family houses with simpler plans.
2.7 Cutting needs for the floors
If your floor design has lots of corners, the contractor would have to cut the tiles many times to fit in the corners. Again, more work means more expenses. Aside from the fixed rate per square foot, the contractor may add an overhead fee for the extra effort.
For tiled floors, it may cost you around 20 USD to 60 USD per square foot. Certainly, it all depends on the type of tiles you are buying and other factors listed above.
Timber floor costs are usually expressed in per square ft or per square meter cost.
In this section, we will discuss the factors affecting timber or wood floor cost and the costs that may incur in various parts of the world.
Factors affecting the cost of timber floors
3.1 Type of timber flooring
There are two basic types of timber flooring: solid wood and engineered wood.
Usually, solid wood flooring costs you more as they are more prone to buckling therefore experts are needed for their installation. On the other hand, engineering wood flooring uses layers of plywood, which is less exposed to bending hence less trained labor (cheaper labor) may be employed.
3.2 Size and Complexity of Design
The cost of the timber flooring installation also depends on the size of the floor area and its complexity in terms of paint polishing, thickness, and shape.
Typically, it will cost you around 6 to 23 USD per square ft to make timber floors. Certainly, these costs depend on the factors listed above.
To conclude, in this article we discussed the factors that may affect the costs of different types of flooring.
We covered three types of floors: Concrete polished floors, tiled floors and timber floors. We have also listed the costs that may incur in different parts of the world.