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FYF Corp. - Stained Concrete Flooring

Staining concrete is one of the most popular applications for transforming concrete slabs. Often referred to as colored concrete, homeowners, designers and builders are drawn to stained concrete because of the unique outcome that can be achieved combining colors, application techniques, etc., on cement flooring and other substrates. The results are limited only by the creativity of those involved in the stained concrete process..

Because of concrete's porous qualities and neutral tone, it is the perfect blank canvas for topically applied color. Using acid-based chemical stains, decorative concrete contractors have been able to achieve rich, earth-toned color schemes resembling natural stone, marble, wood, or even leather, giving a completely custom look to cement floors, concrete driveways, patios, walkways, pool decks, concrete walls and moreFoundation ContractorsMost acid stains are a mixture of water, hydrochloric acid, and acid-soluble metallic salts. They work by penetrating the surface and reacting chemically with the hydrated lime (calcium hydroxide) in the concrete. The acid in the stain lightly etches the surface, allowing the metallic salts to penetrate more easily. Once the stain reacts, it becomes a permanent part of the concrete and won't fade, chip off, or peel away. Like stains for wood, acid-based stains are translucent and the color they produce will vary depending on the color and condition of the substrate they are applied to. Each concrete slab will accept the stain in varying degrees of intensity, creating natural color variations that bring character and distinction to each project. What acid stains don't offer is a broad color selection. You'll mostly find them in a limited array of subtle earth tones, such as tans, browns, terra cottas, and soft blue-greens. But newer products on the market such as water-based penetrating stains and water- and solvent-based concrete dyes are greatly expanding the artist's palette with colors ranging from soft pastels to vivid reds, oranges, yellows, and purples..

Stained concrete combines the best of both worlds: beauty and functionality. Concrete staining imparts a luxurious richness that can't be achieved by any other coloring medium while leaving behind permanent, flake-proof color. What's more, stain can even be applied to most existing concrete, making it an ideal solution for revitalizing lackluster surfaces.

Although staining is not a new technique, these qualities have stirred up recent interest in the use of stained concrete for an ever-expanding array of exterior and interior applications, from walkways and patios to Foundation Contractors family room floors and kitchen countertops. But unlike many design trends, stained concrete is no fleeting fad. We predict it will remain in vogue for many years to come, and could even become as mainstream as stained wood. After all, why leave concrete (or wood) bare when you can so easily and economically enrich its appearance with a bit of creativity and a coat or two of stain?

To start you on your way to achieving this classic decorative effect, we've compiled answers to some of your most frequently asked questions about staining concrete. With this bit of know-how, you'll get all the advantages stained concrete has to offer while avoiding the potential pitfalls

With FYF Corp. Services of Ellsworth, Maine you get more than a strictly residential contractor, and you will have priceless peace of mind knowing that the concrete Construction in your home incorporates the strength and safety you would usually only find in a commercial project.

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