When can you stain a new concrete floor?
After 28 days the slab is cured and ready to be stained. The most important thing to know about Acid Staining or Concrete Dyes on concrete is “what you see is what you get.” Staining will beautify and enhance the natural aspects of the concrete, but it will NOT hide or cover up any imperfections or construction errors. Re-Crete tries to use the imperfections in the concrete to give the floor a natural stone look, but staining is a translucent process. Concrete Staining is not an exact science, due to the content of the chemicals in the concrete, the color, the intensity and the depth of penetration may vary greatly. Some concrete may not stain successfully at all. Our work is artistic in nature and no exact results can be guaranteed. Exact colors and stained patterns cannot be achieved and it is fundamental that all parties involved understand this. Your invoice will be based on the work performed and not the aesthetic results.
Can you stain existing concrete floors?
Again, the most important thing to know about concrete staining is “what you see is what you get.” Stained concrete will beautify and enhance the natural aspects of the concrete, but it will NOT hide or cover up any imperfections. Re-Crete tries to use the imperfections in the concrete to give the floor a natural stone look, but staining is a translucent process. Hidden under the existing flooring can be myriad of stains and damage. Carpet tacks and cracks are very difficult to disguise. Cracks will give your floor character and personality, but only you can decide what you can live with. We may recommend a light sanding or grinding to clean the floor. Depending on the condition of the floor, a deep grinding may expose the aggregate in the concrete and a distinctive mottling effect may result. Again, your invoice will be based on the work performed and not the aesthetic results. Most often we recommend a light micro topping to give a new palette to stain on.
Can I re-stain an existing Concrete Stained and/or Sealed Floor?
Yes, we have a variety of methods to address this situation. We would need to see the floor and condition to give you the correct method.
Can you re-stain or re-color stamped concrete?
Yes, often people will purchase homes and want to change the look of the exterior of their home but feel trapped by the color of the existing stamped concrete. In the past, this would be an expensive change, but have new methods that much more cost effective. We would need to see the area and condition to give you the correct method and cost.
How much time is needed to complete my project?
The time needed to complete a project depends on many factors such as size and scope of the project, weather conditions and product availability. Preparing the floor and protecting the surrounding surfaces is the most time consuming part of the project. Typically we can complete a 1,000 sq ft project in less than 5 days. We do not require residents to move out during our project; however we do want you to be aware of the dust and the fumes from the sealers so you can plan accordingly.
How do I maintain a concrete stained floor?
Concrete stain wears only as the concrete wears. We seal each floor with Resin Sealer to give the floor the most protection possible. We wax the floor as a sacrificial barrier protecting the sealer coat. Between waxes, (every 3-5 years in most homes) just normal floor maintenance is all that is required On exterior surfaces, we suggest resealing every two to three years. For Commercial floors please see the Chem Coat cleaning schedule.
What colors do I have to choose from?
Please refer to our color charts for different color choices. Please keep in mind that this is just a reference. Colors will vary greatly depending on the computer, also with acid stains, the chemical composition of your concrete will result in different colors. The acid stain reacts with the lime content of the concrete, the intensity depends on how the floor was finished when it was poured and the character of the floor depends on any contaminates on the floor, cracks or other imperfections. Concrete dyes are more true to the color samples that we can show you. We will be happy to do a test area if appropriate.
How much does this cost?
The cost of concrete staining will vary depending on your project. The variables in pricing your project will include: square footage, scoring, colors, intricate patterns and geographical location. Your price includes preparation of the slab, cleaning, staining and sealing.
What do I need to do get ready for the project to begin?
We want to complete your job in the timeliest manner possible. Prior to our arrival, please make sure that any existing surface is removed, that there is no equipment, materials or other items on the floor. Clients are responsible for removal and replacement of all personal property. Client is also responsible to protect the floor from other trades, sprinkler damage, pets, vandalism and the like. Please do not schedule any other trades to work in the immediate area while Re-Crete is scheduled. You are responsible for providing running water and electricity. On existing floors with carpeting, the client is responsible for the change in the heights of the baseboards.
Does Concrete Stain hide the imperfections in the concrete?
No, Concrete stain does not hide the imperfections in the concrete. Most imperfections, such as small cracks are enhanced by the stain and give your floor character. But the floor must be cleaned of all prior surfaces such as glue, mastic, paint etc. Just a little bit left behind will not only show through, but it will affect how the stain takes and sometimes the sealer. If you have divots in the floor from carpet tacks being removed and those are patched, the patched area will show because the stain will react differently to concrete and patch material. Re-Crete does offer some products and techniques that help with these issues and we would be happy to come to your project and see what options we can offer.