If you’re building or renovating your place of business, and are considering treatments for your business flooring that are both durable and attractive, consider stained concrete. Stained concrete floors mimic the look of natural stone, marble, wood, or other high-end building materials. This is done by incorporating color onto a concrete surface. Stained concrete floors can add a unique appearance to your business’s flooring, providing a durable finish that will stand up to the test of time.
There are two types of concrete stain:
- Chemical Stains: Also called acid stains, these react with the concrete through the incorporation of hydrochloric or phosphoric acids. This is the technique most commonly used when the client wants the floor to appear natural or earth-toned. The acids in the concrete mix open up pockets in the concrete that allow metallic salts to enter and then react with the material. Although results are usually very satisfactory, the color and age of the existing concrete along with the kind of aggregate that is used can affect the results. Weather conditions at the time of application, moisture, and the porousness of the existing concrete are also factors.
The translucent and variegated effects that can be produced using the acid staining method give acid staining an advantage over water-based staining, although either method can deliver very pleasing results.
- Water-Based Stains: Water-based stains are non-reactive, and therefore safer to use than acid-based stains. Because the color transfer doesn’t rely on chemical reactions, the results are more predictable than with an acid stain. Water-based stains won’t give the dramatic effects that you can get from acid-based staining, but you will get more uniform color.
Staining concrete is not a project recommended for do-it-yourselfers. It is essential that the technical aspects of the process are fully understood, and that the contractor has the knowledge and equipment required to carry it out effectively. In this way, the results are guaranteed.
If you are contemplating stained concrete floors in your place of business, Duraamen of Boston can advise you and work with you every step of the way to ensure that you get the stunning stained concrete floor that will delight you for a long time to come. We have the knowledge and the products needed to ensure your satisfaction, and would welcome an opportunity to serve you.
Call Duraamen of Boston today at 617-564-0650 for a free estimate. You’ll be glad you did.