Should You Dye or Stain Your Concrete Floors?

When You’re Just ‘Dyeing’ to Dye Your Concretecustom concrete floors natural seal

In today’s day and age, concrete has developed a high level of verisimilitude, in terms of being able to make concrete look like other flooring, such as tile and others. Dyeing is a very popular concept with concrete, as the finished product can look extremely rustic and it would not look out-of-place in an older home (or a home modeled to be older-looking).

Through chemical staining methods, combined with concrete dyes, concrete can be made to take on a plethora of beautiful colors. The dark grey in concrete doesn’t blend completely with the color, so the dye allows for that dark grey to become a darker shade of the dye.

Another benefit is, with dyeing of concrete, you don’t usually want to put carpets and such over these beautiful floors, and to boot…concrete is not flammable, like other materials such as carpeting and hardwood.

Don’t Abstain From Staining Your Concrete

Dyes and stains both share a prime difference. With dyeing, you have a huge vibrancy of colors, but with stains, you have not only a level of permanency…but stains have far more to do with chemicals than dyes do. Dyes are more like paint, whereas they are more acrylic-based.

Staining concrete allows room for error, whereas dyeing is extremely fast to seep deep into the concrete and remain, which means that, if you make an error, this will be a problem.

However, staining allows for more rustic and ‘old’ colors.

In concrete, there is a compound called calcium hydroxide, and staining reacts to the calcium hydroxide in concrete to provide the finished result, which has a very classy look, and literally is ‘stained class’.

At the end of it all…

Whether you choose to dye or stain your concrete floors, you would be best off having an expert do this for you, and you have to be 100% certain about the color you have chosen…it will be quite difficult to try to backtrack on your decision once you’ve ‘set it in stone’.

Another thing to pay attention to when dyeing and staining is that you can put more than one color into the same floor, and not by necessarily blending colors…but you can have four colors meeting each other to give the floor a ‘mosaic’ feel. Never hesitate to experiment! Contact one of our flooring experts today!


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