What is the difference between concrete staining and concrete coatings?
Concrete staining and coating both give that final touch to your concrete surface, let’s find out how each of the processes work and what the outcome will be.
When just a few decades ago concrete was considered to be plain gray and boring. Today, with the help of concrete staining it is possible to make any concrete surface shine and give it that special color you want. The process involves applying stain – a mix of water, pigment and acids – to your floor. The pigment will go deep into the concrete giving it the needed color. It will reach all the cracks and the tiniest holes covering and penetrating everything.
Staining and painting is not the same. Concrete paint will fade and get damaged easily while stain stays beautiful for a very long time. The stain will get to all the cracks, which means the gray color will not show anywhere. Concrete stain comes in a variety of colors, you can choose anything from brown to blue, red to black. The concrete will reflect through the color revealing wonderful patterns and making sure that no two floors are the same.
Concrete coating gives durability to the floor improving it’s appearance at the same time. It is much different from staining as it is a more in difficult process and involves applying different coating materials on the concrete surface. When stain gets into the concrete, coating stays on the surface.
Classic texture coating is the most popular option. It lasts long and has many other benefits. The whole process works really fast because spray-on method is used for application. It can also be combined with staining and scoring or other methods to give the surface it’s unique look. Other benefits of classic coating include creating a non-slippery surface, keeping the concrete cool and making cleaning effortless.
There are other types of coatings available, including acrylic, polyurethane and elastomeric coatings. Which one you choose depends on where the concrete surface is located, what kind of benefits you want from the coating and also on your budget.
If you are not sure whether to use concrete coating or staining to improve the appearance and durability of your surfaces, consult with professionals. We have years of experience with concrete repairs, coating and staining, we are using only premium materials and the latest technologies. Whether it is a durable, structural or aesthetic look and feel you are after, we deliver it.
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