Stained Concrete Babylon
The popularity of concrete staining is rife in commercial and residential flooring world over. Staining is one of the most effective approaches to protecting concrete from environmental damage and making it last longer. Unlike paint, concrete stains penetrate the concrete, and the chemical reaction with aggregate makes the porous structure water-resistant. A stained concrete floor is an elegant space that matches high-end polished marble floors.
Concrete stains come in a range of colors and designs. Therefore, it is easy to achieve the desired floor styles. However, proper surface preparation must be done for better results to be realized. For full-color saturation to be achieved, the surface to be stained should be devoid of anything that impedes stain penetration. You will not get the desired results if your floor has coatings, grease, latex membranes, sealers, etc.
The stains on the market are either acid or water-based and can be used both indoors and outdoors. Also, they can be used on both old and new concrete.
Some of the common concrete stain applications include flooring of:
- Product display rooms
- Shopping malls
- Cafes and restaurants
- Courtyards and pool decks
- Airplane stores.
- Social halls
- Institutions of higher learning, etc.
Note that concrete stains are not only used in flooring; they are also widely used on walls.
Concrete staining is an art that takes time to master. Bear in mind that there’s no going back once the stain permeates a concrete structure. It becomes a permanent part of your concrete for a lifetime. Therefore, it is important to note that whatever mistakes you make during staining are permanent. For that reason, please don’t take chances. Engage the services of an experienced and soundly skilled stained concrete specialist to avoid regrets.
In most cases, acid stains are a combination of water, metallic salts, acrylic polymers, and hydrochloric acid. They react with calcium hydroxide in concrete to produce an everlasting color and an aesthetically appealing appearance. But are acid stains safe to use? A lot of care is required due to the corrosive nature of acidic compounds. So, the safety precautions by the stain manufacture must be followed keenly.
Indoor usage of concrete acid stains requires proper ventilation. If the ventilation of your home is poor, consider using a stain with a low VOC content. The crew working on the concrete staining project must wear protective gear that encompasses acid-resistant gloves and goggles to avoid skin and eye irritation. Also, the stain residue must be removed and disposed of safely after staining. We use an acid neutralizer to ensure you do not experience the after-effects of an acid stain.
Water-based stains are available in a much broader range of tones. You can get an array of standard colors from translucent to opaque shades. This type of stains is a blend of dyes and acrylic polymers that are soluble in water. What is more, water-based stains have low volatile organic compounds, making them much safer to use. They do not need neutralization because they have no acid.
Applying water-based stains is easy for experienced concrete staining experts. They can be sprayed or rolled over the surface using a squeegee. Plus, they are eco-friendly, less irritating, and cleaning up after the staining process is not required. Achieving deep tones is also possible. However, it requires an in-depth understanding of colors to bring out the deep tones.
Benefits of Stained Concrete
Both acid and water-based stains are excellent alternatives to protecting concrete structures from diverse agents of damage.
Concrete stain yields a one of a kind finish that is pleasing to the eye. Plus, the stain bonds with concrete and makes it resistant to moisture, one of the biggest enemies that weaken the concrete. Since stains come in different colors, achieving the floor pattern that appeals to your sense of taste is possible. If you are looking to install a durable floor, stained concrete is the way to go because it doesn’t fade.
The maintenance cost of stained concrete is relatively low. Occasional cleaning using a damp mop and a neutral-pH cleaner is enough. Additionally, stained concrete is smooth, and dust does not stick to it. Therefore, wiping dust becomes easier. Another upside of stained concrete is that you can apply a sealer or wax to improve the impermeability of your concrete structure and control scratches.
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