Podcast 19: Tips for Staining a Concrete Floor

With David Goddard

Porch Ideas Network Podcast Logo goddard design logo Before staining your porch's concrete floor, walkways, or your driveway, listen to David Goddard of Goddard Designs as he explains your options and offers tips to make sure your project turns out well.

Our conversation reveals some interesting facts you may not have previously considered.

For example, knowing the calcium and fly ash content of your concrete can prevent your project from becoming a disaster.

David explains the difference between concrete staining and concrete stamping along with helping you select the right color for your porch, concrete pads, and even indoor concrete applications. David answers lots of questions you may have about staining your porch floor and whether it's the right for you and your lifestyle.

We welcome David to our front porch to share his professional concrete staining tips and ideas!


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Program Highlights: Tips for Staining a Concrete Floor

Podcast: Wonderful discussion with David Goddard about staining concrete. As a professional, he educates us on the concrete staining and stamping process. A great program to listen to for ideas on staining your porch floor, driveway or patio.


  • Can you stain broomed concrete?
  • What's the difference and cost between stained and stamped concrete?
  • Can you stamp concrete after it is cured?
  • How important is sealing concrete stain?
  • Does concrete staining make your porch or walkways slippery?
  • Can I use salt or snow shovels on my stained concrete porch or driveway?
  • How can I choose the right color of stain for my concrete?
  • How permanent is stained concrete? Can I change the color?






Excerpts with David Goddard

stained concrete front porch by Goddard Designs
Beautifully stained front porch by Goddard Designs

Stain Colors

"I found over the years that clients tend to favor warm earth tone colors.

There is a stain called cola which looks like Coca Cola® if you are to pour it in a glass and then hold it up to the sun and there are some different mild reds like English red that are pretty popular also."


Stamping Concrete

"Essentially stamping is a very time intensive technique. And what I mean by that is you have to plan what it is you are doing with the concrete down to the last minute.

So you have a small window where you can allow the concrete to get hard enough to where you can sit on it and it is supporting your weight while you're putting the pattern on it."


On Slickness

"When you put the sealer on your are sealing all of those grooves and tiny holes and pores so depending on how much sealer is applied you can potentially eliminate some of the traction that the concrete inherently has. "


Scratching the Surface

"You want to take care of your new patio; you don't want to scratch it, just like you wouldn't like to scratch your blue ray disc.

When it comes to patio furniture especially, wrought iron, you want to avoid dragging those from out underneath the table. So the responsibility and maintenance goes up when you have freshly stained concrete."


stained concrete front porch by Goddard Designs
Beautifully stained front porch by Goddard Designs



aesthetically pleasing stained concrete driveway
Striking stained driveway, walkway, and front porch by Goddard Designs



stained concrete patio by Goddard Designs
Expertly stained concrete patio by Goddard Designs



You can reach David by emailing to: goddard.designs.dc@gmail.com


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