There are nearly countless methods to customize your concrete surface and make it look classy and elegant, in addition to matching the aesthetics of your home. In addition to stamping concrete, another possibility is staining concrete. Staining concrete uses chemical stains to give rich and impressive color to otherwise bland concrete surfaces and floors. One of the most commonly used methods to enhance the appearance of concrete floors, stains enable you to create a huge variety of looks.
Introduction to Stained Concrete
For getting a sophisticated look out of concrete, staining is far superior to paint. A coat of paint may stop concrete from being greyish, but it will simply be a plain, solid color. In contrast, stains fuse with the concrete, creating a surface that light plays off in visually appealing ways, such as varying degrees of translucency and other effects. Staining can allow concrete to appear as other materials, such as stained wood, polished marble or stone. Furthermore, staining can be applied to both new and old concrete surfaces, as well as both exterior and interior concrete. If you’d like to get truly deep, multiple different stains can be applied for completely unique styles and appearances on your concrete. Stains can even be used to create graphic designs in your floor if you’re so inclined! However, do bear in mind that the more complex and multi-layered your stain design in, the more it will end up costing you.
Types of Staining Products
The two major types of concrete staining solutions are water-based acrylic stains, and acid-based chemicals. Water-based products have a very wide range of possible colors and tones, from subtle to flashy, from opaque to translucent. Acid stains on the other hand, are usually better used for earthlike colors and textures. The acidic aspect of the mixture allows the rest of the chemicals (typically something like metallic salts) to seep into the concrete for a stain that will last long without fading or peeling away.
What Stains Won’t Do
Staining is a very useful and versatile method for improving the appearance and longevity of your concrete, but it’s important not to set expectations unrealistically. For example, concrete stains are best applied to a concrete surface that is in decent condition. If your concrete is already majorly cracked, chipped, flawed or blemished, stains may not be able to entirely disguise this – stains are meant to make the existing surface look better, not create a whole new surface. In addition, your concrete surface should be free of any type of coating that will prevent stains from soaking in – excessive grease, sealers, or other coating of any kind can inhibit the application of concrete staining. These coats can be removed, but it will typically involve extra labor and cost to do so.
Stained Concrete with Leander Stamped Concrete
We’re experts at staining concrete, both for simple projects and the most intricate and complex. If you think stained concrete might be the right choice for you, reach out to us today to start planning how to revamp your floor and make it look better than ever!