Concrete Floors: Polished vs. Stained

So you’ve decided to that concrete flooring is the best option for you? Now onto the fun part - deciding which options fit your style best. Let’s explore the differences between Polished and Stained Concrete so you can make the best decision for your home or business. 

What is Stained Concrete Flooring

Stained Concrete takes Polished Concrete to a new level of design; here we can add colors and special effects to make it a little more appealing.

What is Polished Concrete Flooring 

Polished Concrete flooring takes simple concrete ground down and polished to give your floors a clean, chic, and modern look.

How do they compare?


While both Stained and Polished Concrete are very durable, Stained Concrete can be more susceptible to scratches and faded colors in heavier trafficked areas. 


You don’t have to worry about your concrete flooring needing replacing any time soon. Most experts agree that a baseline of 20 years in high traffic areas is normal, while more will tell you you could potentially get 100 years out of them. Stained Concrete may need to be sealed or waxed once a year but that’s a small price to pay for glam!


Pricing for concrete flooring is impacted by many different factors. As a general rule of thumb, Polished Concrete runs $5-8 more per square foot than Stained Concrete. With that in mind, Polished Concrete needs almost zero maintenance once it’s been installed while Stained Concrete may need to be updated yearly. 


Both types of flooring are very easy to maintain! Basic sweeping and mopping and you’re ready to roll. However, Stained Concrete may have more faded spots in heavier trafficked areas over several years, regardless of cleaning.  

What’s the best choice for my home or business?

Durability and maintenance are almost neck and neck - dogs, kids, daily workforce of 50? Bring it on! In terms of finances, Stained Concrete is easier on the wallet and allows you embrace your sense of flair but will need yearly waxing. Polished Concrete is more expensive up front and lacks color, but is still chic, clean, and costs less to maintain once it’s been installed. 

If you have questions about your concrete project, contact Exposed Design Group, we’d be happy to help!

Terrence Gordon