Stained concrete floors have become extremely common among homeowners and businesses that want to transform their boring concrete floors into designer surfaces. Concrete staining is fast, affordable, and can greatly enhance any indoor or outdoor concrete area.
This process allows you to combine the durability and cost-effectiveness of a concrete floor with the design appeal of nearly any other type of flooring. With the help of Düraamen of Lancaster, concrete staining can be used to achieve the look of marble, wood, natural stone, as well as many other creative aesthetics.
What are My Concrete Stain Options?
There are two types of concrete stain techniques from which you can choose:
Chemical Concrete Stains
Chemical stains, commonly referred to as acid concrete stains, utilize phosphoric or hydrochloric acids in order to produce natural reactions within the concrete. Using these stains, it is possible to achieve numerous natural hues and earth tones within your concrete surface.
The acids actually open pores within the concrete, allowing inorganic metallic salts to enter and react, resulting in a new coloring. There are many factors that can affect the color that you are able to achieve, such as:
- The age and color of the existing concrete
- The type of aggregate used
- Moisture content
- Weather conditions during application
- Porosity of the concrete
While no two completed chemical stained concrete floors will look the same, depending upon the application and finishing techniques, the concrete surface will have a new natural stone appearance that will be a permanent part of the floor.
Water-Based Concrete Stains
Water-based concrete stains provide more even and predictable results than chemical stains, as they deposit color into the open pores of the concrete and do not rely on any chemical reactions. The fact that these concrete stains are non-reactive also means that you can choose from a much wider variety of colors for your concrete.
The downside to choosing water-based stains is that you will not be able to achieve the same variegated and translucent design effects that can be created using chemical dyes; water-based stains result in mostly uniform colors and opaque coloring effects. The advantage is that you can choose from a larger number of beautiful and creative hues, and the application and cleanup processes are safer than when using chemical dyes.
Contact Düraamen of Lancaster to Explore Your Concrete Staining Options
The experienced team at Düraamen of Lancaster has the tools and knowledge necessary to help you achieve you unique concrete staining goals.
Contact us now to get started with this exciting process.