Stains, Dyes, & Clear Coats

Stains, Dyes, & Clear Coats

For our concrete staining jobs we use non reactive dyes that are environmentally friendly and non-toxic. Staining your concrete floor is becoming a very popular option for basements, patios, stops, and offices. For a durable concrete flooring option on a budget this is your best bet. We can stain your concrete floor with one to three colors of dye and apply an appropriate clear coat to give it a matte or glossy sheen.

The procedure:

Our work begins by grinding down the top coat of your concrete to remove any residues that can cause problems as well as to allow the dyes and clear coats to properly adhere to it. This is a mandatory process which lets the dyes properly soak into the concrete floor. For proper clear coat adhesion it is also necessary for the surface to be ground; the open pores and rougher surface allow the clear coat to soak down into the small cavities formed and bite down onto the concrete forming a strong bond. Doing proper preparation work is necessary for a successful long term concrete flooring solution. This allows us to warranty our work through the product manufacturers and give both of us a piece of mind that your stained floor will last. Finally, we top off your clear coat with a wax layer. This serves to give you a cheap wear layer that you can easily build back up periodically so that you do not wear down your clear coat.

We have a variety of clear coats to meet your specific application. For residential basement floors we like to use a water vapor permeable clear coat that allows any possible moisture in the slab to slowly move through the coating and not cause problems. The clear coat is still a solid wear layer that would puddle water if spilled on it, but has the benefit of being resistant to underlying slab moisture issues. Other clear coats typical of our commercial work have higher resistance to abrasion, scratches, wines, chemicals, oils, and caustic chemicals. Please give us a call and we can find a best fit solution to your concrete floor.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I maintain my epoxy or stained concrete floor?

    We advise that you keep it clean of debris dirt and grime and clean up chemicals and wines as soon as they are spilled. You can do this with a ph neutral cleaner like 'simple green' and a micro-fiber mop. You can also just use plain water or a dry micro-fiber mop for routine maintenance. We highly recommended that you occasionally apply a coat of wax to your floors to help them stay strong and shiny. About once every six months should be sufficient for most residential environments. We will recommended for you a specific commercial grade wax for you to use, depending on your floor.

     

  • Which of your flooring options are suitable for persons suffering allergies or asthma?

    Polished Concrete, Concrete Stains, and Epoxies are all excellent choices. They do not support the growth of molds, pollens, or dust mites. If you have a kitchen or laboratory project in mind let us know, we have numerous products that are specifically FDA approved for these applications!

  • Are concrete polishes and stains environmentally friendly?

    Absolutely! With polishing, the chemicals used to strengthen your existing concrete are extremely safe. There is no waste or material that eventually goes bad and needs to be thrown out and replaced, you're just using your existing floor to it's full potential! We also do not use acid based stains and so there is no harmful waste involved in our concrete staining/dying process.

    You may also qualify for LEED points on your project by choosing a polished concrete floor.

  • What are my options regarding colors?

    Contact us for color charts and design suggestions. A molted one or two color design pattern is very popular. You can have company logos, names, symbols, football teams dyed onto your floor. We can make you a variety of patterns including checkered, diamond, wavy lines, symbols, or colored pathways. If you have a design in mind we can work with you to put that down on your floor.

  • What are my concrete floor options?

    You can do a stain and clear coat, an epoxy and clear coat, or a polish. Each has it's advantages and disadvantages, as well as unique options to suite your needs and application.

     

  • What do I do with my baseboards?

    You can leave these on if absolutely necessary but realistically, you should remove these for any kind of flooring work your considering; concrete or otherwise. We can do this for you if you like.

    The details: While we have done plenty of work without removing them, it's not advised, and it will cost you more for us to have to carefully work on your concrete floor without doing too much damage to them. If you insist on leaving your floor boards on while we work, it should be still noted that they will inevitably get nicked, scratched, damaged, and dinged in places. Our tools have to be very powerful to grind concrete floors and your option is to either have unfinished edges or for us to try to get right up against them with 8,000 rpm hand grinders spinning a diamond embedded metal alloy disk. If you're getting an epoxy done, your baseboards will be partially embedded in the epoxy floor, this is especially the case for a reflective/metallic epoxy floor that has a thick build. With concrete floor polishing, the chances of damaging them goes up as we have to make numerous passes along your edges with ever finer polishing grits.

  • Do you offer a warranty and what does it cover?

    Yes, a one year warranty comes standard on all of our workmanship. If you'd like an extended warranty we would be gland to oblige you. We don't take shortcuts in our prep work or materials and so are glad to offer you written reassurances on our products and services.

  • What are my options for the control joints with a Polished Concrete Floor or Stain & Seal?
    1. Leave them as is. A very common option, but dirt & debris get stuck in there making cleaning difficult.

    2. Fill them with a elastomeric polyurea compound that will stretch and contract as your concrete moves. This will also help protect your concrete at the joint lines. It eliminates a blunt impact by wheels and dragging objects. It also makes your floors far easier to clean. Not to mention safe for high heels, roller blades, pogo sticks, and the like not getting stuck and preventing a potential tripping hazard.

  • What is the difference between an epoxy, urethane, or polyaspartic?

    hese are all two part polymer flooring systems that are both mechanically strong and highly impact resistant. Polyaspartic floors are more costly and come with some advantages. One being that it dries much faster for turn around of 24 hours for vehicular traffic. Polyaspartic floors are also more flexible, chemical resistant, UV stable, and abrasion resistant. Urethanes are very similar to polyaspartics, but not quite as durable or fast curing. We typically like to coat our epoxies with a urethane or polyaspartic clear coat. We believe that this combination gives you the best of both worlds, the epoxies give you the most bang for your buck, laying down a thick layer for an affordable price, then topping that off with a durable urethane or an extremely tough polyaspartic wear layer.

  • How long do I have to wait after a new slab is poured to finish it with epoxies, stains, or a polish?

    28 days is recommended for all of the above. If you're getting a new slab poured and are thinking of using our services to finish your concrete floor, please give us a call first, we can provide you with some suggestions regarding the concrete mix and curing additives; especially if going with a polish! Some non-retarding concrete curing additives can increase the cost of your polish.