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Carpet, Wooden Floors, Polished Concrete, Tiles - What's the cost?

MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

Ethical Understanding Australian Curriculum General Capability: Ethical Understanding

Australian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priorities: Sustainability Priority



1. Whether it is a new house or one that is being renovated, what is on the floor is a main consideration.

People need to consider:

  • Cost
  • Looks
  • Function,
  • Care, and,
  • Sustainability

2. Investigate the World Flooring Covering Association's table of Flooring Comparisons:

Flooring Comparison

3. The costs are in US$ - convert these US$ to $AU using the calculator below and create a new chart (using Excel) with the Pros, Cons, Care, Cost (but in $AU). Also, reconsider the Pros and Cons in relation to your family needs.

Conversion Calculator

4. Add a further column to your Excel spreadsheet showing the cost, pros, cons and care of polished concrete using the following websites as guides:

How much does Polished Concrete Flooring Cost per Square Metre

Concrete Flooring
How to clean concrete flooring

Concrete floor cleaning
About Polished Concrete

Polished Concrete

5. If you are considering tiles, wood, or polished concrete, you also need to take into account of things like

  • Underfloor heating, in colder climates
  • Accessories - Rugs. To guarantee a rug was not made by child labour - pick a rug with the Goodweave logo:


6. Discussion

Your conclusion - Which flooring would best suit your house and why?

Share with your class your findings stating the reason for your thinking.

Websites, Games & Apps:

Make Room! (an Online Activity rather than a WebQuest)

MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

ICT Australian Curriculum General Capability: Information and Communication Technology Capability

Make Room

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