Concrete Flooring Price Guide
The cost of concrete flooring can be as little as a $2 per square foot when an existing slab is painted or stained. Concrete cost can rise to as much as $30 per square foot when a new concrete floor is installed and finished with a combination of pricey treatments.
This concrete flooring cost guide gives you price details for a basic floor and for the most popular decorative treatments including the:
- Concrete slab cost
- Stained concrete floors cost
- Polished concrete floors cost
- Stamped concrete floors cost
- Coated concrete floors cost
It starts with basic and affordable, and follows the cost of concrete floors up the price ladder.
The Cost of Concrete Material
For every type of floor, there are material and labor costs. The price of concrete material is small relative to the labor costs of pouring and finishing it. It has this in common with ceramic tile, cheap vinyl and cheap laminate, though the total cost of concrete floors is higher than for the latter two floors. Premium hardwood and natural stone tend to be the opposite; the material accounts for a larger portion of the total than does installation labor.
How much does concrete cost? The concrete cost per yard varies significantly, but the range nationally is $85 to $140 per cubic yard. Homeowners in the East and Northwest pay the highest ready mix concrete price and those in the Midwest and South pay the least.
To translate this into concrete prices you can use to estimate your job, one cubic yard of concrete covers:
- 81 square feet 4” thick
- 121 square feet 3” thick
- 162 square feet 2” thick
If the concrete price per yard is $100, then you can divide that cost by 81, 121 and 162 to get the price per square foot:
- $1.23 at 4” thick
- $0.82 at 3” thick
- $0.62 at 2” thick
Garage and basement floors are typically 4” thick. Other interior floors are 3”-4” thick, and overlay is usually 2” thick.
These concrete slab cost estimates are about the same whether the concrete is delivered by a truck for large jobs or mixed on site from bags for smaller floors. However, there are additional materials such as moisture barrier, spacers, chemical additives for garage floors in freezing weather and cleanup of tools. These materials raise the cost of concrete floors by $0.15 to $0.25/S.F., which is $15-$25 per 100 square feet.
The Cost of Concrete Installation
Concrete flooring cost rises with the amount of labor put into decorative techniques. From basic to elaborate, here are those techniques and the price of concrete flooring.
Installation and standard finishing Cost: This is the choice for garages and basements when durable flooring is the main concern and the homeowner doesn’t mind a plain, gray floor. In basements, a smooth finish is preferred; in garages, a brushed finish that improves footing is also an option.
- Basic concrete finishing cost: $3.75-$6.25/square foot
NOTE: If you have an existing concrete slab, this cost does not apply. The following prices are for that technique only. They don’t include the concrete slab cost.
Tinted Concrete Floor Cost: Pigment is added to the concrete while it is mixed, and the spectrum of finished colors ranges from medium to dark. This is an inexpensive way to escape a dull gray appearance. This option is for new floors only.
- Tinting concrete cost: $0.10-$0.25/square foot
Polished Concrete Floors Cost: If you’re looking for an urban/modern aesthetic on a budget, simply polishing the concrete to your preferred level of gleam will achieve the purpose. Polishing powder is sprinkled onto the concrete, and a high-speed polisher is used to bring out the shine. If it’s a new floor, tinting the concrete before it is poured and polished is a cheap upgrade.
- Polished concrete floor cost: $1.25-$2.00/square foot
Stained Concrete Floors Cost: Staining can produce dramatic and beautiful changes in the appearance of bare concrete. An entire floor can be uniformly stained at lower cost or divided into sections that are stained individually at higher cost to produce any conceivable design. The stain mix determines the color and look of the finished product. Staining is an affordable and effective way to revive old concrete, and new floors are often customized with this treatment too.
- Stained concrete floor cost: $2.75-$7.00/square foot
Stenciled Concrete Floors Cost: Stenciling using acids, acrylic or paint is new in the last decade but trending because of its versatility in creating a customized floor. Popular stencil themes include family coats of arms, logos of brands like Harley-Davidson, area rug patterns and the types of designs common on wall stenciling. The higher cost of stenciled concrete compared to staining reflects the moderately to significantly more time the work takes.
- Stenciled concrete floor cost: $3.85-$8.50/square foot
Stamped Concrete Floors Cost: Most often done on driveways and sideways, stamping is becoming more common in small indoor areas like foyers, bathrooms and utility areas. Complex stamping is a labor-intensive process, so stamping concrete prices are higher than for most other treatments.
- Stamped concrete floor cost: $8.00-$15/square foot
These concrete flooring cost estimates are approximately the same for stamped concrete overlays, a process in which an existing slab is covered with a layer of fresh concrete that is then stamped.
Embedded Concrete Floors Cost: Embedding stones, shells or tiles in concrete to create a decorative border or entire floor is labor-intensive work. The complexity and amount of material embedded determines cost. This technique is best used with a new floor but can be part of a concrete overlay too.
- Embedding concrete floor cost: $10-$20/square foot
Coated Concrete Floors Cost: The most common and durable concrete coatings use a 2-part epoxy base. Adding pigments is common and affordable. Other additives include metallic powder or flake, marble or granite flakes, mother of pearl and synthetic materials, all of which give vibrancy to the coated floor. Often used in commercial settings because of their durability, epoxy coated concrete floors work well in the basement, garage, home gym, kitchen and bath.
- Epoxy coated concrete floor cost: $5.00-$8.50
We’ll say it again for clarity: This menu of concrete floor costs is for the specific treatment only; they do not include the concrete cost.
Additional Factors in Determining the Total Concrete Flooring Cost
We’ve noted that the complexity of the decorative design is the major factor in concrete floor cost because it determines how much labor goes into the project. Here are a few other ways costs can go up.
- Cleaning dirt, stains, oil or adhesives off an existing concrete slab can add up to $2.00/square foot.
- Reinforcing framing or flooring when necessary to support the weight of concrete can add $1-$3/square foot in total cost.
- When the home is outside the concrete company’s normal delivery area, a surcharge of up to $200 per load might be added.
- If a concrete delivery truck can’t get near the home, due to muddy conditions at a construction site for example, and a concrete pump must be used, a one-time cost of $1,500 might be incurred.
- 3,000-3,500 PSI concrete is typically used for interiors, but if the homeowner wants stronger material, the concrete cost per yard will go up by $5-$15.
Saving Money on Concrete Flooring
Local contractors all pay the same concrete prices for material, so the place reduce the cost of concrete flooring is in installation and the decorative techniques you choose. To do this, get concrete flooring price estimates from several contractors. Just make sure they have proven experience and can show you a portfolio of their work. If they’ve done work in commercial buildings, go see it. Paying less and getting a bad job isn’t the goal, right? There’s no cost or obligation for using online services that provide three free concrete floor estimates from screened and experienced contractors in your area.
You can also reduce the cost of concrete flooring by removing old flooring yourself. Clean and existing slab by removing adhesives, grease and dirt. Removing flooring and cleaning concrete will each save $1-$3/square foot. Avoid the more expensive treatments such as overlay stamping and embedding other materials in a new floor to keep your concrete floor costs manageable.
Concrete Flooring Cost FAQs
Q: Do decorative concrete floors cost more than other types?
A: Not necessarily. Cleaning and staining, painting or polishing an existing slab produces concrete floor costs are competitive with good carpet, laminate, linoleum, vinyl and inexpensive hardwood flooring. The concrete floor cost of pouring new material and having it stained and/or polished is competitive with premium hardwood, luxury vinyl tile, natural stone and tile. See our flooring price guides for each material to compare costs.
Q: How much does concrete cost over its lifetime? Is it a good value?
A: The cost of concrete is quite low over the life of the floor. The floor will last up to 100 years, but in more practical terms, the estimated 30-year cost for concrete including a basic floor and the repair and maintenance it will require is $8-$10/square foot. If it is stained or stenciled, the cost rises to $12-$24/square foot, and most of the additional cost is upfront expense. Because other flooring types must be replaced or refinished in that time and have greater annual maintenance costs, their 30-year costs are higher: Vinyl flooring $30-$40/square foot and ceramic tile: $25-$33. The 30-year cot of hardwood flooring refinished once is $14-$20/square foot.
Q: How much does radiant floor heating cost?
A: $6.75 to $9.00/square foot. The larger the area heated, the less it costs per square foot. While an electric system may cost less to install, it will be significantly more expensive to operate than a gas-heated hydronic system.