Visibly worn, drab flooring can cause your home to feel outdated and shabby. For many, updating their flooring seems out of budget, or they may be overwhelmed by all of the options on the market today. For rooms that have concrete, such as basements, laundry rooms, and garages, finding a way to update them can simply be baffling. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be.
Transforming cement flooring is much simpler than it sounds, and can completely change how your space looks and feels. One of the quickest ways to completely change a space is by staining concrete. Unlike paint, it creates a translucence and shine that paint would simply mute. In addition, it lasts much longer than paint. The stain can make any lackluster floor truly shine.
For those looking to add a pop of color, or a point of interest to their flooring, concrete staining can do just that. While most people think of staining in order to change the color, they might not realize that it can also change the texture and effect. In fact, concrete staining can create the effect of aged leather, translucent shine, or polished marble. The application techniques for each effect vary, allowing people a wide range of choice.
If you live in Utah, contact our experts to schedule a consultation and discuss the different coloring options.
Different Kinds of Stain
If staining your floor seems like the best option, there are two main ways to do it. They both offer different benefits and can have slightly different results. Our experts at Alpha Concrete Coatings can help you determine which option will work best for your space.
The first is acid-based chemical stains. These are typically a combination of hydrochloric acid, water, and salts. Together, they make a formula that infiltrates the existing concrete. Since it’s acid based, it scratches the surface of the concrete and fuses with the lime, creating a permanent bond. The metallic salts spread throughout the concrete, solidifying the color and the sheen.
While it offers many benefits, including a permanent coloring, the acid-based chemical stain has some limitations. The metallic salts are typically limited to earthy tones, such as brown, tan, and darker greens. For homes with that color palette, it can provide an effect that unmatched.
For those looking for a bigger pop of color, water-based solutions can give them a much bigger variety of shades and colors. At Alpha Concrete Coatings, we can provide a wide range of colors, including more vibrant pastels, as well as shimmering metallic colors. These stains again create a permanent bond, using acrylics, water, and different colorings.
Benefits of Staining Concrete
One of the major benefits is providing a modern look and feel. For homes that are more contemporary, some people have utilized stained concrete on their interior floors. However, there are traditional staining designs that make it ideal for any space. It’s not meant to hide the imperfections of the concrete—rather, it uses them to create visual appeal. It can be used on a multitude of spaces, including garages and basements, as well as kitchens and laundry rooms.
A major benefit of stained flooring is that it doesn’t wear or damage easily. In fact, the stain prevents chips and cracks, and can increase the lifespan of the concrete. Once the stain is down, it acts as glue for any creases or blemishes. However, be aware of those spots before the stain is applied, as it doesn’t hide them. Extremely worn concrete should be avoided for staining.
In addition, it can be useful for individuals who live in a wet or cold climate, such as Utah. The water won’t seep into the floor, which could result in freezing or cracking. Instead, the water stays on the surface level, and can easily be wiped away with a rag or towel.
Concrete staining is incredibly versatile, and can be used to create unique visual interest in a space. It can be laid to look like tile, utilizing multiple colors and patterns. Different colors can be washed together to create a unique pattern and draw the eye towards the ground. These color combinations create depth and dimension to your flooring, something you won’t find with other flooring options. The stain can be made to look like stone or tile, or even given a shimmering, glitter effect.
If you’re looking to completely transform an interior space with concrete floors, or looking to add some interest for the flooring in your garage or basement, concrete staining might be the best option. Visit us at Alpha Concrete Coatings. We can come inspect your floors and see if they are a good candidate for staining. In addition, we’ll work with you through the process to ensure that you have the coloring and visual effect you desire.