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Concrete Coloring and Staining

Concrete coloring and concrete staining are popular projects that can be done on concrete countertops, concrete patios, concrete driveways, and concrete backyards. The difference between concrete coloring and concrete staining is how it’s done and what it looks like. 

Concrete staining is a process where the color goes all the way through the concrete or at least as far as stained. Concrete staining allows for permanent color options such as solid red, green or blue concrete without fading over time due to wear and tear. The drawback with concrete staining is that you’re limited to just those colors unless you want your concrete countertop to look rough and uneven from wear and tear over time which isn’t appealing to most people who install concrete for their homes.

Acid Stains

Acid staining is a concrete coloring and staining process that causes a chemical reaction with any cement materials. It is extremely durable, fade resistant and can be applied to both interior and exterior areas. Acid stained interior floor surfaces are quickly replacing those areas where carpet used to be the norm.

An infinite number of stunning color effects and unique designs are possible. Acid staining gives your concrete a variegated, marble-like appearance at a fraction of the cost of real marble. 

Concrete coloring and staining can cause what was once concrete to look more like a work of art than just concrete. Acid staining is durable and fade-resistant, making it ideal for interior and exterior concrete surfaces, such as driveways, sidewalks, pool decks, and patios. Because these acid stains are water-based, they do not emit hazardous fumes into the air, such as those found in some spray paints or solvent-based concrete stains. Interior concrete flooring made from concrete coloring and staining has replaced the traditional carpet where homeowners desire a unique alternative while still having a hard floor surface. Acid-stained concrete floors add elegance and beauty while increasing the value of your home.

Pigmented Stains

Pigmented stains will actually bond with your concrete and won’t fade, peel, or flake while they maintain their beautiful appearance for many years to come. Pigmented stain is an ideal finish designed to add deeply penetrating protection and enduring beauty to driveways, patios, walkways, and garage floors or any concrete surface. These concrete stains are highly resistant to abrasion and are available for exterior and interior surfaces.

If you want a durable stain, pigmented stains are the way to go. They will give you the rustic, artistic look you are going for and last a lifetime. You’ll be amazed at the unique colors that are possible with concrete staining!

Concrete coloring is like painting on concrete; you add pigment to concrete and then add a sealer over the top of it. The concrete stains are extremely easy to apply and can be used on any concrete surface. 

Concrete staining is done by penetrating the concrete with color below the concrete’s surface so your floor’s original color will still show through in most places. Acid stains work by chemically reacting with concrete surfaces creating a permanent bond between the acid stain and concrete. 

Concrete coloring and concrete staining are both terms thrown around a lot, but what exactly is the difference? There can be some confusion because often concrete coloring and concrete staining are used interchangeably. 

Concrete coloring and staining installations are becoming increasingly popular because these floors will not fade or show signs of wear over time.

You’ll be amazed at the unique colors that are possible with concrete staining!

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