What is Acid Staining?

Many people have patios they wish were more ornate. Often, they are just boring, grey concrete slabs that serve their purpose but don't really add any beauty or any aesthetic value to the yard. With acid staining, however, these boring patios can be turned into things of beauty, really making the yard stand and giving it a unique personality.

With acid staining, traditional concrete is suddenly turned into a work of art. Choose the pattern or design you want for your patio and the experts handle the rest. From a traditional look that makes your concrete patio look like granite or marble to a more abstract look that gives your patio a truly one of a kind feel, no matter what your tastes, acid staining can make your patio look better.

This is accomplished by mixing water, acid, and inorganic salts to react with the concrete, creating different colors or patterns on the concrete. While this sounds like it may damage or erode the concrete, it can actually help contribute to the longevity of the patio by treating it and making it less likely to crack. While acid staining will work on any concrete surface, it is best done on new, smooth concrete. The older and more worn the concrete is, the less likely the reaction will produce clean-looking results.

Not many tools are needed to do the acid staining, just a sprayer and some brushes. The more elaborate the design (for instance, concrete that now looks like brick), the more work will go into making it look good. For a person who wants a simple design, say just a color that blends better with the house and the yard, this acid staining doesn't take long and is often ready to be walked on in about 24-48 hours. And lest you worry that this staining will make the concrete dangerous and slippery, it is no more slippery than normal concrete.

If you have thoughts on how to make your patio more attractive or more unique, acid staining may help those dreams become a reality. Our acid staining experts can go over your options, looking at your patio and giving you a free estimate for any work they will perform. You can rest assured that our professionals have done all kinds of designs and patterns and can make any patio decoration a reality. To make your patio really stand out, give us a call today!

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