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When property owners approach us to do something about their worn-out grey concrete, acid staining is one of the resurfacing options we offer. The reason is simple; acid stains turn boring concrete into durable and gorgeous surfaces. Basement floors, pool decks, garage floors, patios, walkways become colorful and eye-catching with a quality staining job. How does this work? An acid stain penetrates a concrete surface and reacts with its contents to create deep hues that don’t scratch off, peel away, or fade.
At Armor Coatings, we advise you on the flooring options you’ve got and help you acid stain your residential, commercial, and industrial property at reasonable costs. Keep in mind that we give a free consultation and quote on all projects. All you need to do is reach out to us now with your inquiry.
When acid stains interact with concrete surfaces, they react to minerals that already exist on the concrete floor. The chemical reaction that happens here results in a range of earth colors like browns, terra, tans, cottas, subtle greens, and blues. The chemical reaction will vary from one project to another so that each project is unique and cannot be replicated anywhere else.
As mentioned earlier, acid stain concrete is unlike concrete paint and other topical coatings that peel off after some time. They soak into your concrete to create a beautiful and permanent flooring solution. This stain does not hide your concrete but rather enhances it.
Take note that applying acid stain can be messy particularly indoors, making it unsafe to try doing it by yourself. A chemical reaction that results from this process emits VOCs that can harm your eyes and lungs.
Another concern is the effect unmanaged aftermath chemicals would have on grass and vegetation around the work area.
It’s better to hire a professional to install it for you and take the precautions that ensure you are living in a safe environment.
If you are wondering whether the age of concrete matters when it comes to acid staining, the answer is yes. Yes, we acid stain both new concrete and old concrete. The process for the two is not different but slightly varies depending on the condition of your existing floor.
A suitability test often comes into play if we suspect that your concrete is too damaged or has a lot of moisture content. A concrete stain should be used on a dry concrete surface or one with low moisture emission.
Armor coatings experts inspect your old concrete to ensure it’s in good condition to be stained. We then remove any contamination that might hinder the acid stain from penetrating. That includes sealers, glue, paint, oil, grease, waxes, among others. Stripping the old concrete follows, our team is equipped with tools and hacks to ensure all the contaminants are removed.
You also have to test the concrete to ensure the concrete is clean, reacts properly, and that you like the resulting hue. When sure that your concrete is ready, you can go ahead and stain it, neutralize and seal the floor the same way we’ve discussed above.
Stain application costs depend on a few variables including the condition of your floor, where your project is, and how complex you want the end result. Acid staining concrete costs range between $7 and $15 for every square foot. Depending on how simple or intricate your project is, we charge anything between $2 to $25 per square foot for our services.
If you want us to work on 1,000 square feet of property, you could spend anywhere between $3,000 to $18,000. Depending on how you answer the following questions, the installation costs could go higher or remain close to the standard prices:
To be sure how much your project will cost, contact us to give you a free quote and advise you on the way forward.
Acid stain concrete application will depend on personal requirements and your budget. So what’s best for one property owner might not be good for another one. So what’s the best acid stain for concrete? It depends. Regardless of your choice or what a contractor suggests is the best for your floor, all stains should last if applied properly.
Acid stains are a mixture of hydrochloric acid, water, and metallic salts. They come in a plethora of colors: amber, blue, bronze, black forest, navy, olive, persimmon, and red among others. Your choice will depend on the color and design dynamics you expect to achieve. After the installation process, the results will greatly depend on how the chemical reactions take place.
Concrete stains can be either water-based or acid-based. Water-based stains are a combination of acrylic, pigments, and water that produce permanent colors when applied to the concrete. This composition contains fewer chemicals compared to acid stains. If you are stuck with which concrete staining option you should pick, connect with us at Armor Coatings so we may advise and help you make the right choice.
Concrete is a great flooring solution for kitchens because it is durable and reduces allergens. But when you choose concrete as your kitchen flooring material, it shouldn’t necessarily have an industrial look. With concrete stain, you can achieve beautiful kitchen designs. You can enhance your concrete with acid stain to get warm tones of different colors and even customize attractive patterns you desire. All you need to do is place your project in the right hands.
Whether it is a residential, commercial, or industrial kitchen, the best part is that your stained concrete floor will be able to handle heavy foot activity, intense heat, and food spillage. It performs better than wood, tiles, and linoleum.
Stained concrete has increasingly become a top choice for basement flooring in most homes. The fact that acid stain can take on the appearance of wood floors, tiles, and marble but still offer a more lasting solution is the main reason most homeowners choose it. Stain colors and other contents make basement floors warmer through radiation as well.
Another plus for basement floors is the ability of acid stain working alongside other products like wax to relieve moisture-related problems. Applying acid stain in basements offer better results than acrylic sealers that allow moisture to penetrate into your rooms.
Garage spaces need to be durable and impervious to chemical abrasion, vehicle activity, chemical drips, tool falls, hot tires, and climatic variations. Applying acid together with a concrete sealer ensures your garage is hardwearing enough to handle these unique conditions.
Whether your garage is a living space, parking space, or even a commercial parking lot, the concrete stain will come in handy to make it both functional and durable.
Applying acid stain is not just limited to kitchens, basement floors, and garages. You can use this flooring option for both interior or exterior concrete (old or new) during your home improvement or industrial resurfacing. Besides revitalizing your lackluster surfaces, when you stain concrete you give them great UV stability. Considering that there’s a variety of colors and designs possible with this flooring option, you can apply it to virtually any place you’ve installed concrete. Some of the applications of this flooring method include:
Armor Coatings is a top acid stain contractor in Florida. We’ve handled hundreds of projects and perfected our service delivery for the success of our clients. Our resident experts are knowledgeable, use the right tools & equipment, and guarantee results when you hire us for your project. We acid stain concrete both in residential, commercial, and industrial spaces. If you need professional advice about your floor resurfacing, reach out to us to get professional consultation and quote.