There are some things in life that are either appealing or durable but not both. This is true for concrete. It is a good thing to know that there are ways to change its plain gray color into something more aesthetically pleasing. The most popular and efficient method of coloring outdoor and interior floors is concrete staining. It comes in two kinds: Acid stain and water-based stain.
Stained concrete using an acid-based solution is distinguished by its unique colors and random look. It won’t ever create the exact same look on two different slabs. The reason behind is that an acid stain contains metallic salts that create chemical reactions when it comes in contact with the lime and mineral content of a slab. The dispersal of such ingredients are different for each and every slab, thus, the unique look.
A water-based stain does not create reactions so it is used if the property owner wants more consistent and uniform colors. This is an ideal type of stain to use on designs that require intricate details or patterns.
Influential Factors on Concrete Staining Cost
It is a known fact that stained concrete is an affordable option compared to other paving materials and even slab replacement. The usual cost starts from $2 to $15 per square foot but there is no fixed cost and the total will be influenced by several factors. The costs will vary depending on the size of the job. The number of stains and if anything needs to be custom-mixed will also affect costs. Additional services, like repairs or extensive surface preparation, may also incur charges. It is best to consult with a pro to get an accurate quote.
Stained Concrete Maintenance
Concrete that has been stained needs to be sealed for additional protection and color enhancement. Sealers also make it easier to clean and maintain since dirt and spills stay on the surface, ready to be removed. The great thing about a stained surface is that it only requires simple sweeping and dry mopping to stay pristine. An occasional wet mopping is done for stubborn dirt. It is important to use water and a neutral cleaner to make sure that the stain and sealer stay intact.
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Kansas City Concrete Artisans has made it a commitment to creating custom solutions to satisfy customers if not exceed their expectations. We have been in the concrete industry for over 20 years and we know staining like the back of our hand. Our team of highly trained professionals is more than willing to assist property owners especially in choosing a style and color.
Looking to have a stained concrete driveway, patio or pool deck? We want you to have all the much-needed information to help you make the best decisions when it comes to remodeling your concrete spaces. Call or email us today for a complimentary consultation and quote.