Are you looking for an affordable and durable flooring option for your home? If so, maybe it is time for you to consider stained concrete flooring. Here, you will find the answers to many of the questions you may have about stained concrete flooring:
How much does stained concrete flooring cost?
The cost of the project from start to finish varies greatly depending on the existing flooring in the home and the options that you choose. If the flooring is already finished with concrete, then you can expect to pay between $2 and $5 per square foot.
Note: For more extravagant finishes, you can expect to pay between $8 and $25 per square foot. These more costly finishes include the cost of sawing or sandblasting patterns into the concrete's surface.
Is it possible to stain all concrete?
In most cases, yes. Interior and exterior concrete can be stained. The only thing that might complicate the process is if the concrete is coated with some type of curing membrane or heavy-duty sealant. In that case, additional preparation steps would need to be taken. The surface of the concrete would have to be sanded and cleaned before the stain could be applied.
Is there a difference between water-based stains and acid stains?
The basic difference between the two stains is that the acid stain is made of inorganic metallic salts that have been dissolved in a water and acid solution. The finish from acid stain is more opaque than water-based stains, which creates a more consistently colored finish.
Acid stain will create a finish with varying tones. If you are hoping to achieve a natural marbleized look, acid stain is your better option. If you are looking for a finish that is more uniform, water-based stains are your best option.
Does the stain fade over time?
When the application process is completed properly, the stain will last many, many years without chipping, fading or peeling. This is because the stain penetrates the concrete's surface. Once the stain is dried, high-quality sealant is applied to create a beautiful finish and protect the concrete from moisture and damage.
Can you stain concrete yourself?
It is possible to stain concrete yourself as long as you take the time to research the technique and tools required to do so. When working with acid stains, you must use extra caution and follow all safety guidelines.
Talk with your local concrete contractor to learn more about stained concrete flooring. It is an affordable, beautiful option that will last many years longer than many other options you may be considering for your home. To learn more, contact a company like Pyramid Concrete & Consulting Ltd with any questions you have.