Are you tired of the drab appearance of your concrete floors? Read on and discover some important information about epoxy coatings and concrete stains. Use this information to select the most appropriate floor coating for your concrete floors.
Concrete stains refer to substances that you can place on the concrete surface so that the ingredients of that concrete alter their appearance. Concrete stains are of two main types. The first type is an acidic solution containing metallic salts in a water-based carrier. The lime in the concrete mix changes colour after reacting with the metallic salts in this concrete stain. This change in appearance is permanent. However, the floor surface may not have a uniform appearance after the acidic stain has been applied. This is because the different parts of the concrete floor may react differently with the metallic salts.
The other type of stain is an acrylic stain. This stain penetrates the pores of the concrete and forms a layer on the surface of the floor. The stain causes the concrete to change its appearance without undergoing a chemical reaction as is the case with an acid solution. Acrylic stains create a uniform floor appearance due to their penetrative power.
Both types of stains need to be protected by a concrete sealer so that they do not degrade quickly due to the impact of moisture and floor cleaning agents. A professional can apply the concrete stains or you can use DIY kits.
Epoxy coatings are a blend of different ingredients that provide long-lasting protection for concrete floors. The coatings are water-resistant so there is no need to use a sealer after the coating has set on the floor. The epoxy floor coating resists staining. Consequently, cleaning the floor will become a breeze because dirt and grime will not adhere to the coating. The strength of these coatings makes them ideal for high-traffic areas, such as hallways and garages.
However, the protective benefits of epoxy coatings can only be enjoyed if a professional applies the coating. That professional will ensure that the surface is prepared adequately so that the different ingredients of the coating can adhere fully to the concrete surface. This coating is more expensive when compared to concrete staining products.
As you can see, each of the coatings discussed above has its own strengths and weaknesses. You may therefore need to talk to a floor coating service so that you can get a professional opinion about the best floor coating for your home.