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Looking for a skilled stained concrete specialist in Palm Harbor? Look no further than our team! We have over 25 years of experience working with this unique type of construction, and we can help you create beautiful floors or walls using the latest techniques. Contact us today to learn more about our services, or visit our website to see some examples of our work.

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What is stained concrete?

Stained concrete is a concrete slab with color added to its surface, which is an oversimplification. The fact that there are various distinct kinds of concrete colorants, each with appropriate installation requirements and downsides and benefits, adds to the intricacy of this subject.

Concrete stain goes through the surface of concrete, giving it a look that will not chip or scratch, unlike paint or other concrete coatings. Most concrete stains are semi-transparent, giving you a view of the natural elegance and patterns on the concrete surface via the color of the stain. Because it is a concrete stain, it may be applied quickly and for a price that is similar to or less than other flooring systems.

What are the applications and benefits of stained concrete?

One of the most popular uses for stained concrete is flooring. Stained concrete floors can be created in a variety of colors and styles, making them perfect for any space. They are also very durable, meaning they will not easily suffer wear and tear. Another great benefit of stained concrete floors is that they can be configured in various ways to create unique spaces. You can add a splash of color or pattern to any room with a stained concrete floor. And because stained concrete does not require regular maintenance, it is an ideal choice for high-traffic areas like kitchens or entry ways.

If you are interested in stained concrete for your home, we can provide a consultation to help you choose the perfect color and style for your space. And if you have any questions or concerns about the process, our team is available during regular office hours to help you get started on your project.

Acid stains vs water-based stains

Acid-based chemical stains and water-based acrylics are the two most common types of concrete stains. New or old, plain or integrally colored concrete may be stained using either type of stain. They're especially effective at bringing life to drab, lifeless surfaces. Most stains have good UV stability and wear resistance, making them suitable for use on interior or exterior concrete due to their ability to penetrate the surface. Applications include:

  • Walkways and patios

  • Family room floors

  • Kitchen countertops

  • Vertical surfaces like walls or fireplaces

Water, hydrochloric acid, and acid-soluble metallic salts are combined to form most acids stains. They react chemically with hydrated lime (calcium hydroxide) in the concrete as they penetrate the surface. The metallic salts penetrate more readily when the acid in the stain lightly etches the surface. When the stain reacts, it becomes part of the concrete and will not fade, chip off, or peel away. Earthy hues, such as tans, browns, terra cottas, and soft blue-greens are commonly used in acid-etch staining palettes.

Consider using water-based stains, which offer a considerably wider range of hues than acid stains, if you want to go beyond the delicate drama and muted earth-toned palette. Hundreds of standard colors, such as black and white, as well as metallic tints, are available from most manufacturers. Water-based stains penetrate the concrete to create permanent color, ranging from transparent to opaque, depending on the brand. They are similar to acid stains in that they are water-based (typically a combination of acrylic polymers and pigments).

Concrete stains are semi-transparent, intended to enhance rather than obscure the surface, and are similar to wood stains. Cracks, blemishes, and other flaws in existing concrete will not be disguised. They will not, however, totally conceal the surface's color or texture. Because any patchwork is likely to show right through the stain, an existing concrete slab with major cracks or spalling is usually not a suitable candidate for staining.

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