Concrete is an impressively durable material but it is not the prettiest thing to look at, is it? Fortunately, there is a way to color it without spending an exorbitant amount of money. Stained concrete is a decorative concrete solution that can be done on new and old slabs alike. There are two options in staining slabs:
Acid Stains – This is a reactive type of decorative concrete stain that penetrates deep into a slab, making the color fade-resistant. The stain contains metallic salts that create a chemical reaction when it encounters the mineral and lime content of the slab. Because the minerals and lime are dispersed randomly across the slab, the effects are unique in every single one. The results are often described as variegated or mottled.
Water-based Stain – Unlike acid stains, this does not react chemically with a slab. The color you choose dries as it is, uniform and consistent. This is ideal for designs that require specific logos or images in it. Both stain types can be used in outdoor and interior floors.
Factors that Affect the Cost of Staining Concrete
The cost of stained concrete driveway, patio, pool deck and other surfaces is highly influenced by several factors. While the range is between $2 to $15 or more per square foot, the actual costs will depend on how complex the stain application process is. It may also depend on the current state of the slab and how much surface preparation it would need before it can be stained. The size of the project also plays a huge role since each quote is calculated per square foot. The number of stain colors and any other customization done will also incur additional charges.
Maintaining Decorative Concrete Stained Floors and Surfaces
Acid and water-based stains are both permanent and long-lasting. However, no matter how deep it penetrates, it could wear away as the concrete also wears away bit by bit. The most recommended way to extend its lifespan is to coat the slab with a sealer. Not only does this add extra protection, it also enhances the colors and adds a bit of shine.
When it comes to cleaning the surface, regular sweeping or dry mopping is enough to rid it of dirt and dust. Occasional wet mopping with water or a neutral cleaner can remove more stubborn dirt.
Q1: How much does it cost to get concrete stained?
Ans: The cost for concrete staining may start at $2-$4 per square foot. The price will go up as the complexity of the job rises.
Q2: Which is better epoxy or stained concrete?
Ans: Epoxy tends to be slightly more durable than stained concrete. this is because the sealant used on top of stained wears down faster than that of epoxy. But this does not mean stained concrete is not durable at all. With proper care and maintenance, stained concrete floors can last just as epoxy floors.
Q3: Are stained concrete floors expensive?
Ans: Stained concrete floors are NOT expensive! On average, it costs $2 – $4 per square foot. In fact, they are the cheapest among the popular concrete floor finishes in the market: concrete overlay costs $3 – $7 per sq. ft. while polished concrete costs $3 – $12 per sq. ft.
Q4: Can old concrete be stained?
Ans: YES! Staining can be done on existing old concrete. However, before the process takes place, the concrete surface must be clean and not contaminated with oil, wax, grease, glue, sealers, paint, or anything that could impede the stain from seeping into the concrete pores.
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There are many ways you can color concrete but stains stand out among the rest. We at Indianapolis Concrete Artisans are committed to providing efficient staining solutions for both residential and commercial concretes. Our team has trained well to understand how stains work and find methods and techniques to best apply them so that our customers could reap the most benefits.
We look forward to speaking with you about any stained concrete question you have. Call or send us an email today so we can schedule a consultation and quotation, fast and free!