Typically, the only time the floors in most homes get much attention is when they need to be cleaned. We walk and work and play on them every day, but we never really stop and think about them. Even when we consider redecorating our homes, walls and furniture come before floors. And this is especially true for concrete floors.
It’s time to give concrete floors the attention they deserve. Today, there are more options than ever before for taking your concrete floors from drab slab to fab.
Types of Concrete Floor Coatings
Having your concrete floors refreshed as part of an interior painting project is a great way to revitalize the look of your home. There are several types of concrete floor finishings including acid or water based stains, concrete dyes and tinted sealants.
Acid or Water Based Stains
Acid and water based concrete stains penetrate deep into the concrete, for a long lasting finish that resists mildew and damage from UV rays and heavy traffic. The main difference between acid based stains and water based stains is the effect that the chemical reaction, or lack thereof, has on the final effect.
Acid based stains produce translucent muted tones that mimic natural stone, wood or metal oxidation. Water based stains produce a brighter and more consistent tone. With both types of stain, there is very little room for error due to the quick rate at which the concrete absorbs them.
Concrete dye is very similar to concrete stain in that it comes in both water based and solvent form and penetrates the concrete surface rather than sitting in top. Water based dyes have a marbled or variegated finish, while solvent based dyes produce a much more uniform finish.
Concrete dye penetrates more deeply than concrete stain, due to its smaller particles, but it is not UV-stable and will fade quickly when regularly exposed to sunlight.
Tinted concrete sealers produce a glossy finish with color suspended within. As with stains and dyes, concrete sealer comes in water and solvent based forms. Both forms produce a semi-translucent finish, but water based sealer will produce a nearly transparent finish that is good for very subtle effects. Tinted concrete sealer can either be purchased premixed or custom created using tint concentrates.
Go with the Pros for Concrete Floor Coatings
No matter which method of concrete floor coating you choose, bear in mind that the concrete surface will need to be free of dirt, dust, coatings or curing compounds. This is especially important to remember if the floor was previously carpeted.
If the surface you will be coating was previously carpeted, you’ll need to patch the holes from the tack strips and make sure that all carpet glue has been removed. If there is any residue left on the concrete, the finish of your coating could be affected.
If you want to make sure that the finish of your concrete floor coating will be exactly as beautiful as you imagine, call in the experts.The team at J. Stevens Painting has the tools and experience to ensure that your project goes quickly and smoothly. They can also help you pick out the right colors for your walls to match your newly enlivened floors.