One of the main reasons concrete floor staining is so popular is that paint, even special concrete paint, does not adhere well, or last. Stain, under a durable clear sealer, does last, especially if the floor is cleaned and maintained regularly. Concrete stains are also preferred over paint, and colored epoxy coatings, for example, because their translucency helps make concrete surfaces look like something stylish and expensive, like marble, granite, travertine, flagstone, and other forms of natural stone, rather than something merely utilitarian and functional. Decorative concrete saw-cutting - commonly referred to as "scoring" - is a popular feature often found with stained concrete flooring, because the simple patterning effects it creates enhance the "natural stone" appearance of acid stain, by making each pattern segment look like an actual piece of heavy, natural stone that was individually lifted and set in place.
In our view, acid-stained concrete is the best flooring system available for finished basements. We do more staining of basement floors than any other type of concrete, indoors or outside. This is because, with a high quality Clear Sealer, accompanied by an Acid Stained Concrete Scoring Pattern, acid-stained concrete brings a remarkable, warmth and allure to the ambience of a basement that no other floor covering, material or coating can match. Moreover, most homes have a basement, and the concrete (new or old) is already there -there is no need to have a special slab poured. Why just cover it up? Acid-stained concrete, in our opinion, is also ideal for restaurants, retail stores showrooms and other prominent or important indoor environments because in addition to creating unique ambience, it outperforms just about every other type of residential or commercial flooring system. But unique ambience, and maximum durability, are just a couple of the extraordinary Benefits and Advantages of Acid-Stained Concrete.
There is a growing variety of other concrete staining materials on the market, in addition to acid stain. Acid stains, and the earth tones colors they generate, are the most popular, and provide the most "natural" look of all concrete stains, but for wider color range, and variation, and greater control over detail, tints, dyes and acrylic stains (water- and solvent-based) are also used. Refer to these color charts to see the basic range of acid stain colors : Brickform E-Stain; Artcrete Faux Brick; EZCHEM PermaPro; and CSI Chromastain . View some of the brighter colors attainable with tints, dyes and acrylic stains on these color charts: Consolideck GemTone; Chroma-Tech Polystains; H&C Dye Stains; and Mason's Select. We use a range of concrete coloring options depending on the needs of a particular project. One relatively new "concrete staining" technology that has emerged in recent years is called "metallic epoxy". It consists of a colored epoxy base coating, in which secondary colors from metallic pigments are mixed so as to create a swirled, "marbled", two-tone color effect similar to acid stain. We install this coating, as well, but we generally do not recommend it, firstly, because it has a more synthetic, flashy appearance than acid stain, and secondly, because it is not as durable - the color is in the coating itself, instead of the concrete. Metallic epoxy, while nice, is no substitute for acid stain.