Q: How do I know if stained concrete is right for me? A: If you love their look, stained concrete floors are a great choice. However, if you object to "imperfections" such as hairline cracks, uneven tones, a changing patina, and inconsistent "blemishes" (also found in many natural materials), then you may prefer a more traditional floor covering. Our clients believe these "flaws" add character. Some designers deliberately chip, hammer, pour rock salt or press leaves on newly poured concrete to add interest or to achieve a "distressed" Old World look. (Yes, we want your floors to look 100 years old.) For more on what to expect, click here.
Letting nature do its thing at the time of the pour often results in highly desirable "fossils" such as these leaf impressions.
Q: Are stained concrete floors a good choice for my pets? A: Yes, they are an ideal surface when it comes to the health of your pet and wear on your floors. In fact, The November 2010 newsletter of The Concrete Network, lists six reasons to consider concrete for pets. Click here to read them.
Q: What services do you provide? A:Stained Concrete by Peyton & Associates travels throughout the Greater Houston area (within a 2 hour radius of The Woodlands) providing materials and labor to prepare, score (optional), acid stain, seal and wax slab.
Q: When do we let our builder know that we are going to use stained concrete as our flooring choice? A: Preferably before the foundation is poured. Our "builders' instructions"can help you, your builder and subcontractors avoid common mistakes.
Q: When do you arrive on site? A:If you are "scoring your entire slab" (saw cutting a pattern in them), we arrive a few days after the foundation is poured and before framing begins. That way the scoring pattern can go "under" the walls. However, if you are scoring only a few rooms, it makes sense to wait to score the slab just before staining it.
We STAIN AND SEAL the floors as soon as the structure is "dried-in" and before the dry wall is hung. ("Dried in" for us means the roof is on and doesn't leak; the windows are in.) We return again right before move-in -- after your building project has been professionally cleaned -- for a final wax.
Q: How do you "score" the floors. A: Floors are saw cut with a diamond blade 1/8"wide and deep. We typically recommend a 36"x36" or 48"x 48" square grid on a diagonal. We are happy to suggest other designs or to follow your architect's drawings.
Q: What about borders? A: Borders are optional (if we score before framing) and required if scoring begins after the framing is completed or on patios. (Unless, of course, no scoring is desired.) Borders be stained a second color, if desired. (Adding a second-color border to a dining room or entry can add drama and definition.)
Q: How do we protect the floors during construction? A: Our instruction sheets provide details on how to protect the floors. We stain floors before the sheetrock is hung and after the building is dried in. After the floors are stained, they should be covered for the remainder of construction to protect them from spills, glue, marks, paint, etc. We can cover the floors for an additional fee or you or your builder can do this as well. (We use 4x8 sheets of thick cardboard which are taped to a strip of plastic staped to wall studs. Thermoply is also a good covering if you are covering them yourself.)
Q: What are some common mistakes? A: These vary from nailing support walls into the concrete to taping directly to the concrete. We provide builders and framers with detailed instructions to prevent most common mistakes.
Q: What do you charge for your services? A: Cost is based on total square footage, scoring pattern, and how far we must travel to the job site. Our fees decrease as the square footage increases.(ie, price breaks at 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 sf). We provide a written proposal, based on your specifications. Q: Which rooms should I stain?
A: More and more builders ask us to stain the ENTIRE first floor. In addition to price savings and greater energy efficiency, you will add to the flow of the house. When porches are included, staining extends the indoors out ... giving the perception of a much larger house.
Q: How do we get a quote for our job?
A: Please call us BEFORE the slab is poured, is possible.We are also happy to review your plans, discuss the process and make suggestions.
Q: Do you work on older floors or floors that were not protected during construction? A: We no longer work on concrete that was previously covered, painted, stained or treated.
Q: What are the color choices?
A. Even with a color chart (found on this site), tones will vary according to your concrete's unique composition, finish and conditions during which the concrete was poured. The sheen also varies depending on the concrete's porosity, the trowel finish, and the sealer/wax finish.
Q: How do I care for my floors after I move in? Can I remove scratches? A. Visit our Care Sheet page for tips.
Q: Do you have a showroom? A. We have a driving tour to commerical locations we have stained. In addition, you may be able to visit us on an actual jobsite if the location and timing work out. But, the best way to determine what the stain will look like on YOUR concrete is to have us do test samples before staining.
Q: How do I know what the stains will look like on my floor?
A: We typically provide approval samples (as shown at right) in an area that will be concealed later by cabinets, a tub or a fireplace. Since we do not use paints or pigments, samples are the best way to determine what the stains will look like on yourconcrete. Because the stain adapts to the unique composition of your concrete, no two floors are identical.
Applying samples on YOUR concrete is the best way to predict true color.
Q: Can I do this myself?
A: We recommend using a pro. Afterall, your home is one of your most important investments and staining and sealing a floor requires a lot of know how. (We've been doing this since 2000 and have stained hundreds of homes and businesses.) However, if you are an experienced do-it-yourselfer and up for a challenge, take a course or purchase workbooks and videos before getting started.