Stained Concrete Huntington
Your floor is probably the most essential part of your house or commercial building- which is why you have to be careful when choosing a flooring solution. Among the primary considerations to take into account when looking for the right flooring solution are cost, ease of maintenance, durability, and versatility in design. And again, the amount of foot traffic plays a more significant role in identifying the right coating for your floor.
If you’ve been looking for a long-term solution for your residential, industrial, or commercial floor- without any success, you’ve landed on the right page. Concrete staining has continued to rise through ranks, surpassing other types of flooring solutions. The stains can be used on both old and new concrete surfaces. The installation is easy and quick, and if well done, stains can transform a dull, plain concrete into an attractive, elegant, and durable surface.
Typically, there are two types of concrete stains – Acid-based stains and water-based stains. Both have their downsides and upsides, and you must weigh both sides before settling for one. And again, concrete stains come in multiple colors and patterns, which you can use to customize your floor to your satisfaction.
Stains are typically an option to hardwood floor and carpeting, but with the many benefits it presents, it won’t be an option in years to come. Even though you must seek professional help from a knowledgeable and experienced concrete flooring contractor, DIY projects are an option – but not advisable. Stained concrete is applicable in areas like garages, warehouses, commercial centers, retail stores, schools, manufacturing plants, and outdoor spaces, among other high-traffic areas.
Acid stains contain a mixture of hydrochloric acid, acid-soluble metallic salts, and water. They penetrate in the concrete to form a chemical reaction. The chemical reaction occurs as a result of the hydrated lime (calcium hydroxide) in the concrete. The amount of lime present in the concrete affects the results of your stain. And again, acid stains are labor-intensive and time-consuming.
If properly installed and well maintained, acid-based stained concrete does magic in areas exposed to high traffic and possible abrasions. Plus, acid stains can be used in conjunction with polished concrete, unlike water-based stains. The only limitation with this flooring option is the limited color palette, limiting you from exploring many decorative ideas.
If you want to explore diverse decorative ideas to make your floor elegant, water-based stains are a perfect solution. From functional to aesthetic standpoints, water-based stains have multiple benefits. The primary characteristic of this coating is the numerous color palettes it presents. You can mix the colors to broaden your options or use them individually.
The other distinguishing factor between water-based stains and acid-based stains is the chemical reaction. No chemical reaction takes place when you use water-based stains, which makes the color more consistent. And since they are free from acids or solvents, due to low volatile organic compounds, water-based stains are much safer to use. Again, water-based stains do not need scrubbing or neutralization to apply a clear coat. This saves time and money.
Benefits of Stained Concrete
Stained concrete has continued to gain immense popularity as a flooring solution due to the benefits it presents to constructions. From offices, garages, to parking lots, this floor system is here to stay. So why would you want to invest in concrete staining as a floor solution for you?
First, concrete stains do not fade, chip, or peel easily, making them last longer. You can also increase its life span by sealing the surface with urethane or epoxy coating. But of course, product selection, surface preparation, and maintenance are the significant determinants of durability.
Again, concrete stains are an affordable solution for residential, industrial, and commercial spaces. This explains why almost everyone is using them. You can easily customize your floor using stains- especially water-based stains, to achieve an elegant appearance.
Stained concrete does well both indoors and outdoors. Even when subjected to heavy traffic, your floor will serve you for long and still maintain the beauty of your home. Now that you’ve learned more about stained concrete, it’s time to put your knowledge into practice and enjoy the benefits the way others do. Remember to contact us for help.
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