Decorative Concrete of Texas is the go to service for quality stained concrete in not just the Dallas/Ft. Worth area but the entire state of Texas. Our stained concrete professionals will transform your concrete from an underlayment to an art piece. Homeowners, designers and builders are drawn to stained concrete because they are an environmentally friendly and cost efficient way to revitalize your home, while contributing to better air quality & energy efficiency. Each floor has a unique & one of a kind outcome, that can be achieved by mixing or combining colors, saw cutting or scoring, industry techniques, etc. Color results are limitless.
Staining concrete enhances the existing surface by using transparent reactive stains to bring out the landmarks and character of its previous life. When properly done, this technique can bring color, depth and detail to an ordinary concrete surface.
Because of concrete’s porous qualities and neutral tone, it is the perfect blank canvas for topically applied color. Using acid-based chemical stains and dyes, Decorative Concrete of Texas can achieve rich, earth-toned color schemes resembling natural stone, marble, wood, or even leather, giving a completely custom look to cement floors, concrete driveways, patios, walkways, pool decks, concrete walls and more.
Most acid stains are a mixture of water, hydrochloric acid, and acid soluble metallic salts. They work by penetrating the surface and reacting chemically with the hydrated lime (calcium hydroxide) in concrete. The acid in the stain lightly etches the surface, allowing the metallic salts to penetrate more easily. Once the stain reacts, it becomes a permanent part of the concrete and won’t face, chip or peel away. Like stains on wood, acid and solvent-based stains are translucent and the color they produce will vary depending on the color and condition of the concrete that they are applied to. Each concrete slab will accept the stain in varying degrees of intensity and any stains or discoloration will likely show through.
As much time and energy as we put into our art & craftsmanship, we put into our customer service. Your satisfaction is our top priority. From design to installation, we’ll work with you every step of the way. At Decorative Concrete of Texas, we adapt to your needs—not the other way around. Contact us today about getting stained concrete into your home today & see the Decorative Concrete of Texas difference.
Stain manufacturers suggest 14 to 28 days depending on curing of the concrete. With new construction we like to stain after drywall is taped and textured, but before paint and cabinets, due to the water needed to clean the concrete before and after staining. The area to be stained must be closed off to traffic. The dirt and oils on foot traffic will leave undesirable effects. The process will take three to four days, depending on size and design. Protecting the floor after installation is the owner’s and general contractor’s responsibility.
Color Choice is often dictated by personal preference or a desire to match or complement an existing color scheme. The most impressive stained surfaces display multiple hues, sometimes separated by joints or saw cuts, then meticulously hand-applied to create detailed graphic compositions.
Regardless of what colors you choose, be aware of the following:
Wide color variations are normal.
Surfaces will have a mottled, variegated appearance, and these variations will be emphasized when the final coat of sealer is applied.
Because the stains are translucent, the discoloration in the concrete due to age, manufacturer, oil spots, paint, etc. will show in the finished floor (character scars).
Color effects will generally be more intense on new concrete than on older or weathered concrete.
A mockup on-site after a new concrete pour will give a more accurate sample of color.
Protection and Maintenance
Since the stain only penetrates approximately 1/32 of an inch in to the concrete matrix, it is only as strong as the surface. In many cases the very surface of the concrete can be weaker than its mass due to finishing techniques and curing methods. Too much water on the surface when brooming is very common and dilutes the cement content and creates dusting and in return, stain failure. Careful choosing the right company for your project, our team has years of training & experience. Although stain is permanent, the top layer of the concrete surface will eventually wear away as the surface is worn by traffic or weather exposure. To prolong stain life, we recommend keeping stained surfaces protected with multiple coats of sealer (outdoors) and a floor wax (indoors). How much traffic the surface receives often dictates the amount of on-going maintenance required to protect your investment. Maintenance is usually a simple matter of dry dust mopping and occasional wet mopping with a neutral-pH cleaner. Floor wax should be applied to protect the sealer from wear every six months for residential and once a month or more for commercial.
Stained concrete supports GREEN concrete floors and when left exposed, can function both as the foundation slab and finished floor. This eliminates the need for carpeting and other floor coverings that would eventually require replacement. To enhance the appearance of the floor and make it easier to maintain, it can be stained and polished or sealed.
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