Staining Concrete Floors – Aesthetic Solutions
Stained Concrete floors bestow a luxurious richness that any other coloring method can’t achieve. Therefore, stains permeate the concrete to infuse it with translucent tones varying on different application techniques and surfaces.
In fact, the results can mimic everything from natural stone or polished marble to tanned leather or even stained wood. Stained Concrete floors have known on the market also as Acid Stain Concrete or Water-based Stains.
A well-known fact, both types of stains are easy to install to old and plain or new, integrally colored concrete. They are especially effective for revitalizing dull surfaces. Most stains have excellent wear resistance and UV stability, permitting their use on exterior or interior concrete.
How to Stain Concrete?
As a matter of fact, all Concrete Dyes and stains are easy to apply on any cementitious surface, including concrete overlays, self-leveling, or polished concrete. However, they are not working like paints that cover the surface. Because, Dyes and Stains penetrate the concrete, enhancing the surface, not covering it.
A contractor can use the combination of dyes and stains to create custom floors with a natural stone appearance. Also, a more colorful artistic appearance. The result is a marbled look. Once you apply the stain, you can seal the floors with water-based sealers, epoxy, and high-performance urethanes.
As a result, we provide these techniques for staining concrete floors for commercial facilities or residential homes. Certainly, as experienced stained concrete contractors, we know the importance of properly preparing a surface and completing a beautiful job.
Surely, we have completed many retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, showrooms, and many other locations.
After all, stained concrete can enhance and beautify both exterior and interior concrete stain. Additionally, concrete staining can be a very cost-effective solution to other types of flooring.
Acid Stain Concrete
The age of slab and concrete conditions are important for the successful acid staining process. Keep these questions in mind when determining whether your slab is a good candidate for acid staining. The concrete slab must be free of dirt, oils, paint, drywall mud, debris, adhesive, or sealers. Otherwise, Acid stain cannot react properly with the concrete if these conditions are present.
The slab should not have any waterproofing additives, cleaned with heavy tri-sodium phosphate or muriatic acid. The acid stain chemical reaction cannot occur on surfaces treated with these products.
We are applying concrete stains with a vast array of colors and stain’ choices. This is absolutely amazing in that it boost almost any concrete surface. Also, we work to get the expected finish and color of the decorative concrete floor that you want.
Finally, you can add custom graphics with stains, subtle hints of color, and bolder design accents. Stains are applied to both existing or new concrete floors and work equally well with concrete overlays. Besides, because concrete stains penetrate deeply into the concrete surface, they produce permanent fade-resistant color. Unlike with a coating or paint, the color will not peel away or flake off. See our photo gallery.
There are endless decorative effects that you can achieve with water-based or acid stains. Firstly, the best approach is to use just one stain color in a hue that will complement your design. Secondly, you can be more daring and use multiple stain colors to create custom looks. Although shades of gray and brown are the most popular stain colors for concrete floors, especially exterior concrete stain.
Concrete Staining Costs
Stained Concrete Floor cost is comparable to other flooring types such as carpet or tile. But the misconception is that Stained Concrete is cheap. A simple stain and sealer application can be less than $3 per square foot. And for larger commercial jobs, expect to add a little more if prep work is concrete grinding required. Surface Prep work includes cracks repair, edge grinding, fixing blemishes. Every little extra requires additional knowledge, skill, materials, time, and expense.
- Medium Design Stained Concrete – Average market price up to $7 for a stained and dyed floor with multiple colors and basic floor design.
- Advanced Design Floor – It can go up to $14 per square foot and higher depending on the design level. Most expensive stained concrete floors are found in retail stores where curb appeal is part of the brand.
The prices above are guidelines. Every floor is different. There are many factors that can affect pricing.
Decorative concrete floors are easy to clean and maintain. Use a mild dishwashing soap or plain water for everyday cleaning. Or you can clean the floor using a power wash. Cleaning detergent can be sprayed using a pump sprayer. Avoid using steam cleaners or strong chemical detergents as they can damage the wax finish.
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