Concrete Floor Stain
Concrete floor stain is an easy way to update or change the appearance of your front porch, patio, or
For Your Porch Floor
Concrete stains by NewLook and concrete overlays by Granicrete International ensure superb results as
depicted in the following photos from Contec Supply. (Learn more about Contec Supply below).
Mary and I appreciate their generosity in sharing
their photos with us to give you ideas for your own porch.
Beautifully Stained Front Porch and Walkway
There's nothing quite like some before and after photos to show the impact of a change. Even
subtle changes can make a huge difference.
Concrete floor stain or overlays, when applied correctly, can
enhance the look of your porch, patio, and walkways to give your home a fresh and updated look.
Photos courtesy of Contec Supply and are copyrighted; please do not use without permission.
When staining concrete it is important to use the right materials. Solid Color Stain by Newlook is a
decorative concrete stain that can be used inside and out on existing unsealed surfaces.
This is not a paint but
rather a water-based polymer. It actually penetrates the concrete and best of all it does not require
Concrete can absorb a lot of heat and is one reason why urban areas tend to be warmer
than rural areas. It is called the urban heat island effect. Adding darker colors to concrete
can increase the temperature by significant amounts. There's a way to minimize the heat from
your concrete porch and walkways.
CoolStain by NewLook has an infrared reflective ability to lessen heat build-up on concrete
exposed to the sun by as much as 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Just like Solid Color Stain discussed above, this concrete floor stain
is not a paint - it penetrates the concrete.
Concrete porch needing repair? Fix it and enhance it with overlays or stains.
We tend to overlook porch floors
and walkways when it comes to adding curb appeal to a home. We focus more on adding decorative items.
These photos will show you how much appeal
staining your porch floor, walkway, or both, can add to your home.
Choose a color that complements your home. Your porch floor then becomes a focal point upon which
you can decorate with furniture, complementary or contrasting cushion colors, and amenities.
Information in the above graphic is courtesy of KSI Kitchens.
Visit their blog for more detailed information.
Does Staining Concrete Make It Slippery And Does It Scratch Easily>
We asked David Goddard of Goddard Designs, a professional concrete staining company, these two questions. Here's his response:
Is It Slippery?
"That question comes up whenever I'm discussing pool patios with
clients or a family that may have a lot of young ones running around who are very active during the
summer with water. And so that's always a concern.
And the answer to your question is yes; however,
it is not the stain itself but rather the sealer. When you put the sealer
on you are sealing all of those grooves and tiny holes and pores in the concrete and depending
on how much sealer is applied you can potentially eliminate some of the traction that the concrete
I put in an anti-slip additive into the
sealer to help create a gritty texture that once
dried fills in anything that may have been lost from the original broom finish.
Steep driveways and steep
walkways are also good candidates for sealers with anti-slip additives."
Does it scratch easily?
"This is kind of a strange analogy but whenever I get to the end of a project and it is
finished I kind of treat the newly decorative surface as being like a blu ray disc. I tell my clients
to take care your new patio; you don't want to scratch it, just like you wouldn't
like to scratch your cd or your blu ray disc.
When it comes to patio furniture, especially like wrought iron,
you want to avoid dragging those from out underneath the table. So the
responsibly and maintenance kind of goes up when you have a freshly treated patio or porch.
When it is
snowing you obviously have to shovel the snow off to get to work and whatnot.
But shoveling can definitely damage and scratch the concrete; worse case you can actually
cut all the way down to the aggregate. Rock salt can also destroy
sealers. So it is kind of a balance whenever a client wants to have something done.
They also have
to find something other than rock salt as that will destroy the sealer."
Duane Gardner, the owner of Contec Supply
, has worked with concrete and coatings
for over 27 years. Contec Supply knows what
really works because they use the products, not just sell them.
They are known for training contractors and others on the use of the products they carry and the
technical support they provide for customers.
If you live in the inter mountain western United States, Contec Supply may be able to connect you with
contractors that specialize in concrete staining and overlays.