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Direct Acid / Concrete staining

Direct Acid Staining (also called Concrete Staining) is the best option for any concrete floor, interior or exterior, that is in good condition. By concrete staining, we mean that we would apply the stain directly onto the original concrete floor. If the concrete floor is in good shape—i.e., it has not been painted, had carpet, tile, linoleum, or some other floor covering previously installed on it—then concrete staining will create excellent results. For interior areas, new construction projects are the best candidates, while for exteriors, we often focus on driveways, patios, sidewalks, and porches.

We need to be careful because any defect in the concrete floor like paint, glue, permanent marker, piping dope, or a tile pattern may still be visible after concrete staining. It's a translucent process, so "what you see is what you get." Anything that is on the floor before concrete staining will be there after the process. All these imperfections give the acid stain "personality," but for some, it may be a little too much. If you think your floors may need a little more TLC (which is often the case when we are doing a floor that previously had tile, carpet, wood, or linoleum on it) then skip over to our Microfinish Concrete Overlay section that will remedy most problems.

Concrete staining has many pros and a few cons. Let's go over some of them. For the pros: concrete staining cost is among the lowest of all decorative concrete options, especially if it's for exterior projects or new construction. Of course, concrete staining cost can go up if we have to do a lot of cleaning prior to applying the stain. Another plus is that concrete staining will create natural, organic colors that are really gorgeous compared to other flooring options. These colors have a translucent quality to them that allows all of a concrete floor's personality to come through. Ironically, this can also be a "con" simply because it doesn't hide anything. If there are any imperfections in the floor prior to applying the acid stain, they'll certainly be there afterwards. Lastly, concrete staining is more art than science. We can generally control just how dark it gets but not really what colors will come out.

Sure, if we put down a brown you will get a brown, but you may also get a little yellow or red or orange, etc.; you get the picture. We always put down a stain sample to get an idea of the final color, but if you're looking for a specific tone, there is no way to guarantee it will happen.

Concrete staining cost will generally run from $2 - $6 per square foot. Larger projects have a lower cost per square foot than smaller projects. We have a $1,260 minimum for our work but may be able to make an exception in certain cases. Please give us a call for an estimate or use our concrete staining cost estimators below for an instant quote.

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