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Decorative Concrete Flooring
Dec 29 , 2021

Decorative concrete is the latest trend in concrete flooring solutions. On its own, concrete is dull. The introduction of colored concrete has made businesses excited about their floors. From adding a splash of color to patterns and company logos, concrete dyes and stains transform concrete into a work of art. With the growing popularity, there are some differences between concrete dyes and stains that we need to know.


Concrete Dyes

Concrete dyes offer a vibrant and extensive color palette. Colors are much more intense than with stain. Dyes are straightforward to use and have a fast application process. Concrete dyes do not react to concrete commixtures. They color concrete by penetrating the porous surface. The small particles allow for more saturation, leaving behind a more vivid color.

Dyes dry quickly making the application process fast. However, it also leaves little room for error. Dyes are hard to remove when applied correctly but are not as permanent as concrete stains. Dyes are available in water-based and solvent-based formulas, each determining a different look. Water-based dyes generate a marble effect, while solvent-based dyes cultivate a monotone color. Combining the two solvents yields specialized color effects. Dyes are not UV-stable, therefore are not suitable for outdoor use.


Concrete Stains

Stains react with calcium hydroxide found in concrete, changing the color. It takes time for this chemical reaction to occur, up to five hours at times. Colors change during this process and are never the same as concrete compounds are different. Concrete stains have limited colors, mainly earth-tones. Additional coats of stain enhance the color and create different effects. However, the first application must be dry before the next is applied, making it a slow process.

More surface preparation is required when applying concrete stains compared to dyes. Surfaces must be free of paint, sealers, and coatings. The cleanup after the application is extensive compared to that of concrete dyes. Both acid-based and water-based stains are UV-stable, meaning they resist fading and wear from sunlight. Therefore, concrete stains work well indoors and outdoors.


There are various possibilities of decorative concrete floors, choose what you prefer and what suit your flooring conditions. For more information or to get started on your decorative concrete floors, contact us immediately. TransGrind Diamond Tools has the equipment and diamond tooling for concrete floor you need to get the job done. And we are more than happy to offer you technical support.

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