Stained Concrete Floors
Stained concrete floors are the smart choice for a unique, low maintenance flooring. We can transform new or existing concrete into the floor of your dreams. Call 770-971-2778 to learn more.
Stained Concrete Floors
There are non-reactive water-based, and reactive acid stains which can be used indoors and outdoors.
Non-reactive Water Based Stains
Nonreactive water based stains are the easiest to apply. These stains contain pigment particles that are absorbed by the concrete. Water based acrylic stains offer a very wide range of color options, and have a softer luster unless a clear glossy sealant is applied as a top coat.
Floor designs requiring solid colors or patterns are usually done with water based stains. Highly detailed and intricate floor designs, including logos, are done using stencils.
Reactive Acid Stains
Reactive acid stains, versus water based stains, require slightly more labor to install. Acid stains are the most permanent and durable way to stain concrete. The stain contains metallic salts which react with the lime in the concrete which chemically bonds the color. After the stain has been applied, the floor needs a wash down and sealer applied. The finished product has a marble-like effect with a crisp translucent appearance which will not chip or peel.
Dyed Concrete Floors
Powdered Acetone Based Dyes
Powdered acetone-based dyes for concrete are an option for indoor applications. Powdered dyes are not UV stable meaning they are prone to fading in sunlight. Advantages to using a powdered dye is a fast-drying time and good color penetration (which improves durability and wear). To do a proper installation the powdered dye is applied after concrete grinding which opens up the pores in the concrete. Powder dyed floors are good for polished floor projects.
Liquid Acetone Dyes
Liquid acetone dyes are essentially a solvent based stain. Unlike the powdered dyes, liquid dyes are UV stable. Liquid dyes also offer a wide variety of color options. For optimal performance liquid dyed floors should have a durable epoxy or urethane top coating.
Concrete Paint and Marking
For most types of industrial concrete floors the preferred options are either use a simple stain or apply a specialty paint coating. The specialty paint coatings are typically urethane or epoxy products designed for high traffic applications where there is a need to make the surface impervious to liquid spills. Safety and directional floor markings are usually paint, specially designed pavement marking tape, or thermoplastic products. Most safety and directional markings are done by pavement marking and striping companies, and not by concrete finishers.