Concrete Floor Stain
For Your Porch FloorConcrete floor stain is an easy way to update or change the appearance of your front porch, patio, or walkways.
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).
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Beautifully Stained Front Porch and WalkwayThere'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.
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This is not a paint but rather a water-based polymer. It actually penetrates the concrete and best of all it does not require a sealer.
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 concreteexposed 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.
BEFORE CONCRETE FLOOR STAIN
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.
Does Concrete Floor Stain Make It Slippery and Does It Scratch EasilyWe 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 inherently had.
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 like concrete floor stain 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.
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