Innovative Ideas for Stained Concrete
Northern California is always on the cusp of new trends, even when it comes to home improvement. A prime example: the innovative ideas for stained concrete. For any room of your home, stained concrete floors will completely transform both the appearance and functionality.
Whether installed in a newly constructed home or as a replacement for old and outdated flooring in an existing home, stained concrete in Northern California creates a rich and luxurious aesthetic. Unlike paint, which looks solid and opaque, a stain actually permeates the concrete, becoming part of its permanent character.
Using various techniques, the experts with Specialty Concrete Services will achieve your desired outcome. There are two main categories of stained concrete, including acid-based chemical stains and water-based acrylics. Regardless, both stains can be applied to any concrete surface, old or new.
Because stain penetrates the concrete surface, floors are wear resistant, durable, and even UV stable, making this an excellent solution for indoor and outdoor applications. For kitchens, dining rooms, laundry rooms, bathrooms, outdoor patios, walkways, and more, stained concrete is an amazing option. In fact, stained concrete is also used for countertops, fireplace surrounds, and walls.
- Acid-Based Chemical Stains – In addition to penetrating the surface, acid-based stains react chemically with hydrated lime found in concrete. By etching the surface, metallic salts penetrate easier. Once the reaction process begins, the stain becomes a permanent component of the concrete, meaning that it will never peel, chip, or fade. Typically, acid-based stains are earthy in color, giving you a great color palette of browns, terra cottas, tans, and even softer blues and greens.
- Water-Based Acrylics – Another option for stained concrete in New York offered by Specialty Concrete System is water-based acrylics. Although acrylics also penetrate the concrete to become a permanent color, you have a much broader range of color options. Therefore, if you want something out of the ordinary, you might consider water-based acrylics over acid-based chemical stains.