If you are building a house or just considering a change in flooring, you might be curious about acid stained concrete in Arizona. This type of flooring is found often in commercial buildings, and you might have been impressed with the way it looks. There are many options, from colors to polish sheen to aggregate exposure. Acid stained concrete looks great in many interior styles, especially modern or contemporary homes. But, there are some things you should know about this style.
Because there are so many different ways to do stained concrete, there is a range of cost, usually between $2 to $5 per foot. A simple stain process with a single coat of sealer is the cheapest process. But, if you like the look of the aggregate in the finished product, it will cost more. This means that that contractor will have to grind down below the “cream” level of the concrete to expose the aggregate. It’s messy and time consuming. This is the kind of flooring you see in high-end modern homes and businesses. It’s quite interesting to look at, but will cost more. So, while staining your concrete might seem like a great way to save money, it usually ends up costing you about the same or more than ceramic tile or carpet.
Acid stained concrete is a staining process that oxidizes the minerals in the concrete, causing them to change color. While some might stop the process at that point and be happy with the color, others often apply an acrylic “faux” finish to add dimension. But, the floors are always sealed with an epoxy coating to prevent staining.
It’s a process that takes several days, since the concrete needs to be cleaned extremely thoroughly and then allowed to dry completely. The larger the area, the longer it will take. So, the existing flooring is removed, and the concrete gets cleaned with a large buffing machine, while excess water is removed with a wet vac. Then, paint drips, carpet glue, and other residues are carefully removed. Then floor is cleaned again and, once dry, is ready for stain. The stain is applied with a sprayer and then neutralized. After that, it’s ready for the epoxy top coat or an acrylic faux finish.
Concrete is, well, concrete. It’s obviously one of the most durable building materials in the world. However, the finish can be less durable, believe it or not. While epoxy coatings, when applied correctly, are hard to scratch, it’s not impossible. For instance, ceramic tile will be harder to scratch than epoxy coating in most cases. It’s really just a strong paint, and dragging a heavy piece of furniture across it will probably leave a mark. Also, if it’s not done correctly, it will scratch easier. So make sure you find an experienced and proven contractor to do the work.
If you really like the way stained concrete looks, it could be a great option for your home or business. However, if you are considering it simply because it’s cheaper, there are some flooring choices that are as cheap (or cheaper) that will be more durable, such as porcelain or ceramic tile.
Whatever you decide, make sure you do your research and hire the right contractor.
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