Acid Stained Concrete
Flooring means generally something you build on the top of concrete just to cover it up. Bare concrete is not considered to be attractive as a final flooring finish. Today you have newly developed acid etching. It is concrete flooring as an ultimate floor finish and is becoming more common now-a-days.
If you are looking for a distinct type of flooring which is also popular, you must furnish your interiors with stained concrete floors. Stained concrete floors are available in a variety of patterns and effects, thus giving you plenty of options. Stained concrete floors are easy to maintain and last for a long time, thus giving you value for money. Concrete floors give a very elegant and neat finish to your interiors. They are desirable forms of interior decoration. You can enhance the effect of concrete floors, by having them acid stained. Acid stained concrete floors blend well with other interior decorations and give a very neat effect.
How is acid staining done?
Acid staining is performed by mixing hydrochloric acid with water and metal salts. Use of metal salt is necessary to bring about beautiful hues, while the acid etches out desired patterns on the concrete surface by reacting on the calcium hydroxide element present in the concrete floor. When reacting together they bring about a variety of color variations.
There is quite a range of effects that can be brought on concrete floors. As a result you can achieve quite a bit in the way in which you want your interiors to be done. Acid staining gives you more options because of the spectacular effect given by acid staining on your concrete floors. Colors that can be achieved by concrete floor staining are earth colors such as reddish brown, different types of brown colors and blue green colors in their light shades.
After the staining is done completely, the concrete floor is thoroughly cleaned and neutralized to remove any trace of an acid mixture. An acrylic or epoxy sealer is applied on the floor, to complete the finish.
Why should you have concrete floors acid stained?
Acid staining is a very interesting technique because it can bring about a variety of patterns and colors. The ways in which the acid stains bring to any particular pattern depend on how artfully they are applied to achieve the desired effect. The effect of acid staining on concrete floor is almost an art work. The cost of acid staining done on your concrete floor is based on the time, efforts and intricate patterning done by the concrete etch artist.
Some of the advantages of acid stained concrete
Durability: Acid stained concrete floor is resistance to wear and tear or decay. Not like other floor coverings, acid stained concrete floors will not warp, buckle, or grow mold, and if they are installed properly, decorative concrete finishes will not chip or peel or stain or discolor or fade.
Energy saver: Because of the “thermal mass” property of concrete its high capacity to absorb, store, and slowly release heat and coolness will result in energy savings.
Easily maintainable: Acid stained concrete floors require only light maintenance to maintain their initial appearance indefinitely.
Improved indoor air quality: Acid stained concrete fosters good indoor air quality. It permits moisture to easily evaporate. It also provides no place for dust mites to hide or food for mildew to grow. An acid stained concrete floor is generally installed using a concrete sealer which doesn’t contain or might contain very low levels of VOC’s.