Concrete dye or staining can take a drab slab of concrete and turn it into a cheery retail, commercial or industrial space. While stained concrete and dyed concrete are used interchangeably they are not the same thing and will achieve nearly the same results.
Stained Concrete: Is made up of salts, metalics that react to the calcium in the concrete floor. This reaction results in a unique organic pattern and translucent hue that can not be replicated or fully controlled. These stains come in a limited number of colors which are typically earth tones. Acid stain is applied to damp concrete and then a sealer is selected based on the traffic of the space. Acid staining is a great finish for old or less than perfect concrete as the finish has a rustic charm.
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Dyed Concrete: Unlike stained concrete (which change colors through a chemical reaction) the dyes penetrate the pores of the concrete and deposit color, so the end result is more predictable. Solvent or water-based dyes are available in an extensive color selection. Concrete dyes are applied to dry concrete and can be coated or polished immediately after application (this is a big advantage over stains).
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