Why should I have my concrete stained?
Concrete staining is a low-hassle, highly affordable technique that can add a beautiful swath of color to any untreated concrete surface. You can choose from a rainbow of colors to perfectly match your idea of a beautiful floor.
Need another reason to considered staining the concrete in your garden, garage or backyard?
It’s a great option for concrete that is already stained, just not in the way that you’d like. Because of the nature of the way stain reacts with concrete, it cannot be treated again once it’s already been stained by the acid used to give it color. It can, however, be treated after it’s been stained by rust, dirt, or other non-acidic colorants. Spots marring the uniformity of a concrete slab can either be turned into interesting pattern pieces or completely covered, depending on the opacity of the stain and the darkness of the blemish.
How does concrete staining work?
Concrete is actually a mixture of a few different things. Usually it’s made from water, cement, and very small pieces of crushed up rock called “construction aggregate.” Concrete stain is an acidic compound that reacts chemically with the cement in the mixture, causing beautiful colors to appear. This is why it is very important to select the color of stain that you want based on the examples on the label or the swatch, and not by the actual color of the liquid stain. The color of the stain will change while the chemical reaction takes place, and choosing based on what it looks like in liquid form will give you a skewed idea of the final outcome. The reactive nature of the staining process creates another interesting effect. Because the construction aggregate in the concrete does not have the same chemical properties as the cement, it doesn’t take on the same colors, which creates a unique and attractive pattern.
What should I expect when having my concrete stained?
Concrete staining is a relatively quick and simple procedure, and Lone Star Carpet’s experts can finish most moderately sized staining projects without unduly disrupting your schedule. A short period of time to clean and prepare the area to be treated, a few hours for the application of the stain, and between eight and twenty-four hours to dry is all it takes to treat your floors to a brand-new look. The wide gap in drying time is due to the various differences in types of stain, as well as the number of coats required for the look that you want.
The process is relatively inexpensive when compared to other flooring alteration procedures, and much less expensive than installing entirely new flooring. Each project will have a different cost associated with it, depending on the size of the area to be stained, the amount of pretreatment that the area will require, and the number of coats that will be required to achieve the desired effect. Contact us at Lone Star Carpet to ask your project, and to discuss a time and cost estimate.