Stained concrete appeals to many people who want to achieve unique decorative effects for a reasonable cost. Concrete stain does more than simply add color. Rather than produce a solid, opaque effect like paint or colored coatings, stains permeate the concrete to infuse it with rich, deep, translucent tones.
Acid-based concrete stains are made up of inorganic metallic salts dissolved in an acid and water solution. They penetrate into the surface and react chemically with the concrete to form a permanent bond. The color they impart is translucent rather than opaque, resulting in deep, rich tones and attractive marbling effects.
If you want to go beyond the subtle drama and subdued color palette of acid staining, water-based acrylic stains will give you a wider spectrum of hues to choose from. Elite Epoxy Floors offers dozens of standard colors, including black and white, and even metallic tints for stained concrete. In many cases, the different colors can be mixed, like water-based paints, to broaden your options.
Non-reactive water-based stains (typically a blend of acrylic polymers and pigments) fill the pores of the concrete surface to produce a colored film or coating, ranging from translucent to opaque depending on the product. The key difference is that no chemical reaction takes place, so the color is more consistent. Most of these products are also low in volatile organic compounds and safer to apply because they are free of solvents and acids.
Both acid and water-based stains can be applied to new or old and plain or integrally colored concrete. They can also be used both indoors and out, on everything from concrete floors and kitchen countertops to pool decks and driveways. Depending on the color and application techniques used, stained concrete can be made to mimic everything from polished marble to tanned leather to natural stone.
Elite Epoxy Floors is a locally owned, decorative, concrete flooring company based out of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Owner Josh McCaslin and his team have been providing our valued customers with epoxy floors, sealing services and numerous other design options for more than decades. Whether you need to redecorate your home, business or new construction build, our team of experts are qualified to handle and project with precision and care. Elite Epoxy Floors is here to provide you with our long history of reputation by providing quality work, industrial grade, competitive and affordable rates for every customer.
Elite Epoxy Floors uses Elite Crete Systems materials and is Elite Crete Certified. Elite Crete Systems is a world leading developer and manufacturer of specialty products for engineered high performance surfaces and flooring.