What to expect with acid stained concrete Acid-stained concrete floors are economical, durable and easy to maintain. Their leather-like richness and natural beauty makes them highly prized in many custom and luxury homes. Stained Concrete by Peyton & Associatesfollows manufacturers’ recommendations for applying stain, sealer and wax.The stains are created by chemical reactions to your concrete, not paints or pigments. The results, therefore, are a reflection of your concrete's finish, composition and porosity.We ask clients to be familiar with the process before we begin work and to make sure your expectations are realistic.
Here's what you should expect:
Wide color variations, mottling and unevenness of color. This is both normal and desirable in acid stained floors.The degree of mottling depends on your slab’s finish (trowelled or broom), the amount of water used, and the concrete's composition. (Concrete is made of water, Portland cement, and aggregate – in the form of rock, sand, or gravel.)
Imperfections, such as hairline cracks, porous areas and aggregate coming to the surface. These traits are common in stained concrete floors.
Color that is unique to your concrete. Do not bring a picture or sample to match. The final color may differ from the color shown on our color chart and even somewhat from the color sample provided. (All batches of chemicals are slightly different.)
Your slab may be damaged during construction (from spills, paints, glues, tapes, gouges, patches, etc.) even though you or your builder has tried to anticipate and minimize such occurrences. These “blemishes” often contribute to the “distressed” old world look that is desired by many interior designers and add “character” to your floor.It is often possible to faux paint over some blemishes to help blend them in.However, these may still be visible in very rough, porous, patched or damaged areas.
Your stained concrete applicator can not be responsible for structural flaws, excessive moisture, porosity, or efflorescence in the concrete. (Efflorescence results in white spots caused by moisture coming through the concrete or a breach in the vapor barrier). These are the responsibility of the concrete contractor.
The above characteristics are common in the areas of Texas where we work. We are not familiar with the concrete or construction processes from other regions of the U.S. or that of other countries and the above may or may not apply.