Benefits of Staining Concrete

Enhance the Look and Longevity of Your Project with Concrete Stain

Looking for a cost-effective way to add an extra layer of style and strength to your concrete project? Great for indoor and outdoor applications — commercial or residential — applying stain is an excellent, affordable, and low-maintenance way to enhance the appearance of any concrete project.

Concrete staining is a decorative concrete technique that adds color and texture to plain concrete surfaces. Stain is excellent for all types of concrete projects, including floors, driveways, patios, sidewalks, and walls. As a bonus, staining a concrete’s surface is relatively inexpensive. It can be done on existing concrete, eliminating the need for costly removal and disposal of old flooring.

What concrete stain is better for your project?

The two most common types of concrete stains are acid-based stains and water-based stains. The primary difference between these two types of stains is how they interact with the concrete:

  • Acid-based concrete stain is great for outdoor use and offers a more natural color by penetrating the surface and reacting with the calcium hydroxide (hydrated lime) in the concrete.
  • Water-based concrete stains use pigments, rather than a chemical reaction, that flow into pores to bond with the cement. They sit closer to the surface (allowing for more vibrant color tones) and are less likely to permanently change the concrete’s color. Most water-based concrete stains are also more user-friendly, less toxic, and more environmentally friendly than acid-based stains.
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For concrete staining success, surface preparation is key

Regardless of whether you’re planning to apply an acid-based or water-based concrete stain, preparation is important, especially if you’re staining existing concrete. Consider investing in Smith’s Green Clean Surface Prep, a non-corrosive biodegradable gel that will prepare your concrete for staining. A major benefit is that you can use it both indoors and outdoors.

There are countless possibilities for customizing your concrete color

Concrete stains come in many colors and design options. Here at Calico, we offer water-based acrylic stains, acid stains, Pro-Stain, and more. We have a wide variety of Proline and Smith’s products that can help bring your concrete inspiration to life.

Check out our FAQs to learn more about the stamped concrete colors and tint options we offer.

Concrete staining is a durable and long-lasting solution for both residential and commercial spaces

Because concrete stains penetrate the surface, their color resists fading, flaking, and peeling while preserving its stunning color. Staining is considered an excellent option for both residential and commercial use. It can also stand up to heavy foot traffic and harsh weather conditions, making it suitable for indoor and outdoor surfaces.

Seal your stained concrete for a long-lasting solution

Stained concrete, while durable, does wear down over time. Properly sealing the concrete will help protect it for significantly longer. Then, you’ll only need to run a damp mop over the surface from time to time and avoid using both harsh chemicals and abrasive materials to prolong its life.

  • The longevity of a concrete stain can vary depending on several factors, including:
  • The quality of the product used
  •  The surface preparation
  • The application method
  • The level of exposure to wear and tear

If you’re looking to give your concrete a personalized touch, check out Smith’s Color Floor-Bright Lights, a concrete seal that offers a natural appearance and is water-submersible, a neutralizing agent, and both weather and UV light resistant.

How long does concrete stain last?

Generally, high-quality stains that are applied and sealed correctly can last for several years before they start to fade or wear down. Over time, the color will fade and may need to be reapplied to maintain the desired appearance. Regularly cleaning and resealing the surface will prolong the life of your stained concrete and keep it looking fresh and vibrant.

Put a custom look on your next concrete project by applying a vivid stain!

Call 800-221-9469 to contact Calico Construction Products’ concrete experts, who are ready to answer your questions.

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