Functionality is the most important quality for a driveway, but many property owners feel that the look of a driveway is also important. After all, it’s the first thing that you and visitors see upon approaching your home or business. Why not make a great first impression? Adding color is a great way to enhance the appearance of any concrete slabs, including concrete driveways.
Yes, you can stain any concrete slab, including driveways. Stain can enhance the appearance of any driveway, whether you have existing concrete or plan to pour a new slab.
Staining is a great option for anyone looking to add color to their concrete driveway. With the many staining options available, there’s a stain for every driveway type, no matter what style you want.
When a stained concrete driveway is properly maintained and sealed, it will last as long as the underlying concrete. When stain is applied properly, it will not fade, chip off, or peel away.
When it comes to concrete, stain is always a better solution than painting. With paint, only the surface of your concrete slab is covered. Although it does provide a layer of protection and can last a long time, it does not last as long as stain. Stain permeates the pores of the concrete so it doesn’t chip or peel. Learn more about painting versus staining.
Like most improvement projects, you can apply stain to a concrete surface yourself. However, before taking on the task, we suggest doing research to learn how to do it correctly. You’ll also need the right tools, high-quality stain product, and high-quality sealer.
We recommend mapping out the entire process, listing and pricing out all the tools required, and thinking through how long everything will take. Also, keep in mind that there are some common pitfalls that you’ll encounter when working with concrete. With all that in mind, you may decide that it’s less of a headache (and possibly even less expensive in the long run) to hire a professional.
The process for staining a concrete driveway is the same process you’d follow when staining any concrete surface. The information here is not meant to provide step-by-step instructions for staining. Rather, it provides a general overview so you can determine if it’s something you want to take on yourself.
We recommend hiring a professional to stain your surface. As you can see from the information above, it’s important to complete each step well so you don’t end up with discoloration. Hiring an experienced professional is a great long-term solution to getting the driveway you want.
There are a variety of stains and dyes available, and the one you choose mainly depends on the look you’re going for.
These are not just concrete driveway stains—they can be used for other concrete surfaces such as patios.
There are many color options available for staining your concrete driveway—colors that go with any style of home or building exterior. Color options vary depending on the type of stain you choose. Here are SUNDEK’s color brochures:
The best way to keep a stained decorative concrete floor clean is to apply a high-quality concrete sealer to the surface. A sealer will prevent stains from things like oils, liquids, and other contaminants that may end up on your surface. You have to seal every so often (the frequency depends on the type of surface you have and how it’s used) to maintain its effectiveness. Learn more about concrete sealers.
Sealing your surface is the first step—the next step is to keep it clean with regular maintenance. That means periodically sweeping and rinsing the driveway to minimize abrasion and stains. If you hire a contractor to apply a stain or dye, they should advise you on how to best maintain it. Learn more about cleaning concrete.
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