While concrete can look great on its own, there are many benefits of stamping or staining it. Concrete staining or stamping give your home or outdoor space an updated look. Staining creates a smooth finish, perfect for basements, patios, and modern living rooms. Stamped concrete looks best on a driveway or a large slab. For more information, contact Butterfield Color or your concrete contractor.
There are two primary types of stains for concrete: water-based and acid-based. Acid stains are most popular because they produce earth-toned colors. Water-based stains, on the other hand, produce beautiful colors without altering the texture of the concrete. While acid stains are best used outdoors, they look great on concrete. Water-based stains are available in a variety of colors. Water-based stains are usually the same color in the bottle as they look on the concrete.
One type of staining or stamping involves adding color to the cement before pouring it. Stamping allows you to create a specific pattern into the concrete before it has set. Stamping methods often include bricks, tile, cobblestone, and other simple textures. Because stamping is easier to do, stamped concrete patios are cheaper to install than natural stone. Stamping also produces a durable and attractive surface that will last for years.
After the concrete staining or stamping is complete, it is important to maintain the surface with regular cleaning. Use mild detergents and soaps to clean the surface. It’s important to avoid driving on stamped concrete, as it may cause the sealer to wear off and cause delamination. When cleaning a freshly stamped patio or driveway, use a soft sponge or damp cloth to remove any remaining dirt. Avoid abrasive sponges and brushes as they can scratch the surface and ruin the patio sealer.