Acid Staining

Stained concrete combines beauty and functionality. Concrete staining provides a luxurious richness that can't be achieved by any other coloring medium while leaving behind permanent color. Stain can even be applied to most existing concrete, making it an ideal solution for revitalizing lackluster surfaces.

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More About Acid Staining

Staining concrete is one of the most popular applications for transforming concrete slabs. Often referred to as colored concrete, homeowners, designers and builders are drawn to stained concrete because of the unique outcome that can be achieved combining colors and application techniques, on concrete flooring and other surfaces. The results are limitless.

Because concrete is porous and neutral in tone, it is the perfect blank canvas for topically applied color. Using acid-based chemical stains, we are able to achieve rich, earth-toned color schemes resembling natural stone, marble, wood, or even leather, giving a completely custom look to concrete 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 calcium hydroxide in the 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 fade, chip off, or peel away. Acid-based stains are translucent and the color they produce will vary depending on the color and condition of the concrete they are applied to. Each concrete slab will accept the stain in varying degrees of intensity, creating natural color variations that bring character and distinction to each project. Most are subtle earth tones, such as tans, browns, and terra cottas. Newer products on the market are greatly expanding our range with colors from soft pastels to vivid reds, oranges, yellows, and purples.

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