Poured concrete can have a variety of finishes, but one of the most popular is that of staining. Because concrete is a porous material, it takes color and stain very well. This means that concrete doesn’t always have to be a drab grey color; it can actually be almost any color you’d like. This is especially useful for matching concrete to your home or business and giving it a high end, custom feel. If you think concrete staining could be right for you, let us walk you through all of your options.
Before we begin the concrete staining project, we have to pick the type of stain that you want to use. There are two, widely used types of concrete stain. The first type is water-based and the second type is acid-based. Water based stains are available in a wider variety of colors and are generally easier to work with and apply. Water-based stains also contain less chemicals and dry faster. Acid-based stains are generally longer lasting and resistant to fading. Acid-based stains are also a lot less likely to chip and peel and make your concrete more natural looking.
Applying the Stain
When it comes to applying the stain, there are a few steps that need to be taken to make sure that the stain is applied properly. The first step is to prep the surface for staining. This step involved pressure washing the concrete and removing anything from it. In this step, we will also fill and patch any cracks that are present. When the area is prepped, it is time to put the stain down. Depending on the size of the area, we will, either, use a paint roller to roll the stain on, or use an airless paint sprayer to cover large areas, evenly.
Once the stain is applied, sets and the excess is washed off, the next step is lay down a concrete sealant. The entire point of sealant is to make sure that the stain on your concrete lasts as long as possible. A good sealant will form a very thin protective barrier over your concrete which will resist debris and small dents and dings. Sealants also do an incredible job at repelling and resisting liquids. If you are going to have your concrete stained, you absolutely need to take in to account the fact that it will need to be sealed as well.
Staining is an interesting thing to do to concrete, because the only real “benefit” of staining is that is changed the look of the concrete. Staining does not help the life of your concrete or help to repair cracks, dings or dents. Staining is purely aesthetic. The great thing about staining though is that, because concrete stain comes in almost any color, it presents the chance to match your concrete to your style. Stains can be used to match your concrete to your home colors, your office logo and many other things.