When it comes to decorative concrete coloration, a concrete stain is one of the favorites. Available in a water-based product like SunH20 or an acid-based product such as SunAcid, you will enjoy a mesmerizing effect, although the results can be very different depending on the surface and product you select. The good news is that either option works incredibly well for almost any indoor environment. Even more exciting is that in addition to stained concrete floors, you can transform the appearance of vertical surfaces as well.
Something to note is that the type of stained concrete floors you choose will depend on the environment and the overall look that you want to achieve. For instance, both water- and acid-based concrete stain are ideal for kitchens, hearth rooms, foyers, basements, offices, dealership showrooms, restaurants, and even industrial situations.
The primary difference is not so much where you can have stained concrete floors installed but what final look you prefer. With a water-based stain, the floor’s surface might has more of an opaque appearance, whereas, with an acid-based stain, it looks translucent and highly variegated. For these reasons, the acid based stain should be used where the concrete is in good condition and has a naturally mottled look.
Another difference is that while a water-based stain changes the color of the concrete surface by absorption, an acid-based stain actually etches into and attaches to the concrete, thereby becoming a permanent component of the floor. Acid-stained concrete floors also have a variegated or mottled design effect due to the stain reacting to chemicals in the concrete. Since these compounds vary from one location to another, no two floors look identical, although they can be very similar.
There is also the issue of color to consider. If you want floors in an arcade, movie theater, or fun restaurant, a water-based stain may be the better option since it comes in bolder and brighter colors. However, you still have many incredible color choices when it comes to acid-stained concrete floors. In both instances, you can have just one color applied or several layered.
An expert installer can also apply both stains using different techniques that result in beautiful textures and patterns. With so much versatility either way, you need to determine which type of stain will achieve the look that you want.
Ultimately, you will never go wrong choosing stained concrete floors regardless of the indoor environment you are creating. When used in a commercial setting, these floors can even help boost employee morale, which positively affects productivity.