Polished Concrete VS. Vinyl

Many owners want to choose a flooring type for their latest project that will be the most cost-effective for the project. This can lead to a cheap flooring option being chosen without considering the pros and cons. Cheaper options may be more cost-effective in the moment, but choosing a flooring that is a bit more costly, but more durable like polished concrete is the best way to ensure that you are making a good investment. 

Vinyl and polished concrete are popular flooring options that offer some of the same benefits. They're both durable, low-maintenance and available in many styles. Nevertheless, these two-floor materials also have a number of major differences.


During the winter, concrete tends to become colder than vinyl in dark rooms. However, it will be warmer if sunlight reaches it. An advantage of concrete is that you may install radiant heating on this type of floor.


Both of these options allow you to customize your flooring choice. If you are looking for a bright pop of color, stained concrete can give you that. It is also easy to customize your space by underlaying your logo in the polished concrete, which you are not able to do with vinyl.  Vinyl is fully customizable and can provide intricate patterns if that is more of the look you are going for. If you want to change the appearance of either flooring material in the future, it's generally necessary to install a new surface layer.


Footsteps and other impacts tend to be louder when you're in a room with a concrete floor. Vinyl may be a bit better for absorbing sound and contact directly onto the floor. This includes high heels, equipment or other materials hitting the floor. Fortunately, you can use rugs, upholstered furniture, and thick curtains alongside polished concrete to absorb unwanted sounds.


Vinyl is at a disadvantage if it receives bright sunlight on a regular basis. The surface color or pattern will fade. You may reduce fading by covering windows on sunny days, but this usually isn't an option with skylights or large commercial windows. It is not often that you need to worry about polished concrete fading with sunlight, especially when it is sealed properly. 


The cost of polished concrete obviously depends heavily on the area that is to be covered. In addition, a more complex design like woodcrete would cost a bit more. Vinyl can cost anywhere from two to five dollars per square foot, which does not include installation. 

While a concrete flooring may cost more additionally, vinyl tends to have a bit shorter lifespan, which means more frequent repairs, maintenance and replacements. In the long run, vinyl may end up being more expensive with everything considered. 


Concrete is capable of holding very heavy objects without suffering damage. You won't have to worry about putting large appliances, furnishings, heating systems or machines in a room with this kind of flooring, whereas vinyl is likely to have imprints from heavy equipment, furniture or other elements like high heels. 


While both options are less vulnerable to water damage than wood or carpeting, concrete offers the greatest durability. Polished surfaces are particularly easy to clean and can withstand many elements that would damage other flooring options. When sharp or heavy objects are dropped on polished concrete, it will not harm the floor like it would more vulnerable surfaces like vinyl. Polished concrete is very well suited for high-traffic areas and sees very little damage from heavy foot traffic. If there is damage, oftentimes all that it needs is a reseal. 

If you are ready to invest in a beautiful polished concrete floor for your space, reach out to Custom Concrete Creations today! We can provide you with the ideal floor for your space and help you design a floor that will tie together your room!