August 7, 2017
REFINE’s stained concrete Craftsmen are passionate about staining concrete and have years of commercial and residential application experience in Houston’s intense weather environment. We’ll consult with you, show and perform samples all on your turf; the construction site, your business or at your personal residence.
When applying stain, using the proper tools and application techniques is vital to achieving good results. Once the stain is down, the color is permanent—there’s no going back. If you have any doubts, hire the services of a professional, especially if you want to incorporate multiple colors and elaborate decorative effects.
REFINE’s stained concrete imparts a luxurious richness for commercial and residential spaces, both indoors and out, that can’t be achieved by any other coloring medium. Rather than produce a solid, opaque effect like paint, stains permeate the concrete to infuse it with luminous, translucent tones that vary depending on the surface they are applied to and the application techniques used. The results can mimic everything from polished marble to tanned leather to natural stone or even stained wood.
REFINE’s stain for concrete service comes in two general categories: acid-based chemical stains and water-based acrylics. Most acid stains are a mixture of water, hydrochloric acid and acid-soluble metallic salts. Our acid stains work by penetrating the surface and reacting chemically with the hydrated lime (calcium hydroxide) in the concrete. The acid in the stain lightly etches the surface, allowing the metallic salts to penetrate more easily. Once the stain reacts, it becomes a permanent part of the concrete and won’t fade, chip off or peel away. The palette for acid-etch staining is generally limited to earthy tones, such as tans, browns, terra cottas and soft blue-greens. REFINE has a beautiful selection of stained concrete colors from top manufactures to choose from.
If you want to go beyond the subtle drama and subdued earth-toned palette of acid staining, consider REFINE’s water-based stains, which come in a much broader spectrum of hues. REFINE offers dozens of standard colors, including black and white and even metallic tints. Like acid stains, water-based stains (typically a blend of acrylic polymers and pigments) penetrate the concrete to produce permanent color, ranging from translucent to opaque, depending on the product.
Both types of REFINE Concrete’s stain can be applied to new or old and plain or integrally colored concrete. They are especially effective for revitalizing dull, lackluster surfaces. Because they penetrate the concrete surface, most stains have excellent UV stability and wear resistance, permitting their use on interior or exterior concrete. Applications range from walkways, patios, retail spaces, restaurants, showrooms, cafeterias, to family room floors and a wide range of commercial spaces.
Like stains for wood, concrete stains are semi-transparent and are intended to enhance rather than disguise the surface. They will not hide cracks, blemishes or other flaws in existing concrete. Nor will they completely mask an underlying color or conceal the texture of the surface. An existing concrete slab with major cracks or spalling is usually not a good candidate for staining because any patchwork is likely to show right through the stain. For these scenarios REFINE can offer other affordable solutions that include overlays, stamped concrete and even an entirely new slab where needed.
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