Warm and Inviting Living Room
Main Living Area Stained Concrete
Concrete Cut and Stained To Perfection
Basement Stain and Sawcut Tile
Stained and Glossy Concrete
Studio with Stained Concrete and Epoxy Coating
Rustic and Warm Lodge Feel
Residential Main Living with Minimal Finish
Commercial Class and Style
Main Entry Hall with Concrete Stain
Dyed and Sealed to Perfection
Rustic Basement Remodel
Billiards and Borders
Basement Family Room with Defined Areas
Stained Concrete in Kansas City
Acid stain is a chemical reaction with your existing concrete. The chemical reaction with the salts in your concrete create a one-of-a-kind look that adds warmth, depth and richness to any concrete floor. Acid stain colors are usually warm in tone and have a range of hues from one color application. The color can be hard to determine and your color is unique to your piece of concrete.
There must not be any topical barriers (sealer, paint, epoxy, glue, mastic) that the stain cannot penetrate. The best floors are: new concrete with no cure and seal or very old concrete that has never had a flooring installed previously. Not many floors today fall into this narrow window. Sealers can be stripped off and then the floor acid stained but this can be a costly and messy process.
Dyes- Water Based
or Solvent Based
If your existing concrete has sealer, glue, mastic, mortar, paint or epoxy it is not a problem. These barriers can all be removed with our concrete polishing and prep equipment. Removing these barriers with a diamond polisher, gives a clean and ready to dye concrete. The dyes we use are both water based and solvent based to create a beautiful mottled and varied appearance. Dyes are layered to give enhance the depth and range of color. A test are is prepared during the concrete prep process to configure color concentration and range of coverage.
Concrete stencils, custom concrete scoring (tile and border patterns) and color patterning are options to customize the area and bring a more “finished appearance to the area. It’s important to remember that acid stains and dye are transparent. Your existing cracks with be filled and treated but they will still be visible through the stain. This is also true for carpet tack strip holes, patched concrete from plumbing and old tile shadowing. Many times these imperfections will add character to the floor and not detract from the richness and beauty of the finished floor.
Acid stains and dyes are finished with three coats of water based sealer. This finishes the floor with a durable, satin finish floor. The satin finish minimizes the appearance of scuffs, dirt, dust and foot prints.
Polished Concrete differs from Stained Concrete in a couple of ways. Polished concrete uses the diamond honing process to tighten the concrete and create a visual shine. Progressively smaller and small diamonds are used on the floor to raise the level of shine. The concrete is also chemically hardened and densified to make the concrete tighter and more impervious to water and moisture. Color is added to polished concrete by using a Dye formulated for the polishing process. Polished Concrete does not use a topical sealer but rather a stain guard that is burnished once the floor is completed.
Polished concrete is ideal for very high traffic areas (warehouses, grocery stores, home improvement stores, schools, etc.) Polished Concrete pricing can be 20-30% higher than stained or dyed floors. The process is far more labor intensive and requires numerous diamond passes to complete the system from start to finish.
From a subtle grey of your existing concrete to a rich, dark brown or black from dyes the color range is wide and varied. Each piece of concrete will stain and polish uniquely. How the concrete was poured, finished and leveled will also determine the overall consistency of the polish. Stencils, custom scoring and patterns can raise the design degree significantly.
Maintenance and care for stained, dyed and polished floors is very similar. These are not “maintenance free” floors. Mopping, dusting and wet cleaning on a regular basis will help ensure the shine and finish remain bright and healthy. Dust, dirt, foot traffic and pets cause the most wear on these finishes. Caring and treating them as you would your hardwood or tile will ensure years of beauty.