Staining concrete can be a cost-effective, versatile and affordable way to improve the appearance of existing and new patios. A stained concrete patio can be customized with custom graphics, subtle accents of color, or bolder design accents. Concrete surfaces are stained with stains that penetrate deep into concrete, creating a permanent, fade-resistant color. The color will not flake or peel off like paint.
CAN A CONCRETE POIO BE CONSERVED?
Stains can be used to revitalize dull or lackluster surfaces, with little to no damage. A concrete slab that has major cracks or spalling will not be suitable for staining. Any patchwork may show through the stain.
Concrete stains, like stains for wood are semi-transparent. They are meant to enhance the surface rather than hide it. Concrete stains will not cover cracks, blemishes, or other imperfections in concrete. They will not completely cover or hide the texture or color of the concrete.
What is the BEST PATIO STAIN?
You have two options: water-based or acid-based chemical staining.
Acid stains penetrate the surface and react chemically with concrete. The stain’s acid lightly scratches the surface to allow it to penetrate better. The stain becomes part of concrete permanently once it reacts. It won’t fade or chip off, and will not peel off. Acid staining can be done in earthy tones such as browns, terracottas, and soft blues.
Water-based stains can be used to enhance the beauty of acid staining. They also come in a wider range of colors. Many manufacturers offer a variety of colors, including metallic tints and black. Water-based stains penetrate concrete and produce permanent color. They are similar to acid stains.
HOW TO RETAIN A CONCRETE POITO
Preparation is necessary before staining patios. Concrete stains are transparent and won’t cover color variations or stains that have been exposed to dirt, oil, grease or organic matter.
CONCRETE PATIO COLORS
You can create endless decorative effects by using water-based or acid-based stains to enhance the appearance of your patio. It is best to stick with one color of stain in a shade that complements your landscape or home. You can also experiment with multiple stain colors and create unique looks.
Natural earth tones are the most popular stain colors. You can use these colors together or as a stand-alone to create a patio that complements the surroundings. A natural colored stain can be used to make your patio look more like wood or stone.
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF A CONCRETE POOL?
The cost of basic concrete staining is $2-$4 per square. For a single color, with minimal slab preparation, the cost is $2 – $4 per sq. This is a cost-effective method to create a new look on your patio. However, it can be costly if you need more preparation or if the design requires multiple colors or custom graphics.
STAINED PATIO DESIGN IDEAS
These are some innovative design ideas that will get you started.
Staining a border will make your patio stand out (see Colored Borders to Add Decorative Touch To Concrete Patios).
To mimic natural stone look, you can use multiple colors of stain (see Concrete Patio Mimics Nature Stone).
This project will make your patio look like marble.
Stencil brightens outdoor patio with custom stencils.
To create faux tile, use saw cuts and stain (see Concrete Patio Exudes Simple, Clean Perfection).
You can decorate your patio with a vine design (see the project).
You can bring your patio to life by applying an antiquing stain (see Concrete pavillion Showcases Creative Staining).
To create unique decorative effects, you can use stains in conjunction with concrete dyes and integral colors.
Stain concrete patio before and after
Patio Restored using Water-Based Stains
The oxidation and erosion of the textured concrete surrounding this home left it with a shabby appearance. Glen Roman of Staintec restored the concrete patios and sidewalks by acid washing them and applying New look stains. The borders were a dark brown color, while the main fields were sand.
Outdoor Seating Areas Rejuvenated by Stain
The patio was made of plain gray concrete in a commercial complex. The owners wanted to make it more appealing by staining it a brighter color. J. Haydel, of Scornstain LLC, pressure washed and applied Sim Stain. The solvent sealer was then applied. It’s hard to believe that this seating area is made of the same concrete. It looks completely different.
STAINING VS. PAINTING
Concrete paint or stain are two options for adding color to your patio. A stain or concrete paint will not give your patio a bold color, but it is cheaper than painting. Concrete paint can provide a temporary solution to stain. It will last for a long time and can be sealed with regular maintenance. Paint will not last as long as stain, but will last the lifetime of your patio.
HOW TO CLEAN A STAINED CONCRETE POITO
These steps are helpful when cleaning stained concrete patios:
Use a pressure washer or garden hose to clean the concrete surface.
Use a little bit of liquid dish soap to scrub the area with a push-broom.
Rinse the area with a pressure washer or garden hose until you see no soap suds.
Use a leaf blower to dry the surface or wait 24 hours before sealing.