Decorative Concrete: Staining

Staining | Stamping | Scoring

Decorative ConcreteConcrete staining is a popular, yet cost effective application for transforming concrete slabs into a more desirable floor. Concrete staining is often referred to as colored concrete. Given the diversity of combining colors, application, and style, many are captivated by concrete staining because of the unique outcome that is near impossible to duplicate. Concrete staining can be done to any existing concrete slab or floor, or we can lay an overlay over any preexisting floor. The results are limited only by the creativity of those involved in the stained concrete process.

Due to the neutral tone and porous structure of concrete, it makes for the perfect canvass for any and all concrete staining. Through the use of acid-based chemical stains or water-based eco-friendly stains, decorative concrete designers have been able to achieve rich, earth-toned color schemes which resemble natural stone, marble, wood, or even leather, giving a completely custom look to concrete floors, driveways, patios, walkways, pool decks, concrete walls and more.

Decorative ConcreteThe majority of stains are a mixture of water, metallic salts, and hydrochloric acid. After penetrating the surface, the concrete stain will have a chemical reaction with the hydrated lime in the concrete. The concrete is lightly etched by the acid in the stain which then allows for the metallic salts to make their way into the concrete. Once the stain reacts, it becomes a permanent part of the concrete and will not fade, chip off, or peel away. Acid-based stains are transparent and the color they produce varies depending on the color and condition of the surface they are applied to. Each concrete slab will accept the stain in varying degrees of intensity, creating natural color variations that bring character and distinction to each project.