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Concrete floors cost between $2 to $6 per square foot, depending on the degree of complexity, installation (poured concrete vs concrete overlay), and materials used for design. The price of a decent mid-range wood floor varies by location, but averages about $8 to $15 per square foot, with labor and installation adding another $4 to $8 per square foot. Concrete flooring allows homeowners to control costs by avoiding upcharges for more expensive product and installation. The life and durability of concrete is considerably higher than hardwood, which improves liveability and resale value, and many homes already have it installed beneath their current carpet and flooring.
The cost of stained interior flooring begins at $0.43 per square foot. The design options are endless and you can be as creative or conservative as you want. Each slab reacts differently to the chemical process leaving you with one-of-a-kind finish. There are numerous concrete staining options that enhance the overall project. Learn more about using dyes, pigments, antiquing stains and deco gel with Direct Colors Project Designs by Colorant.
With his day job on hiatus due to inclement weather, Jamie O. of Maylene, Ala. recently became interested in DIY acid staining and decided to give staining a try on his own Basement Floor. The results were so impressive that he is now thinking of starting his own floor staining business.
Most first-time stainers go for a simple, one-color design, but not Jamie. He decided to cut a checkerboard pattern into the concrete and use three different colors of stain: Cola, Malayan Buff and Coffee Brown.
Jamie used a skillsaw with 2 diamond blades to cut the pattern into the floor. Since each square was rather small, Jamie concluded that the typical method of spraying the stains onto the concrete would not work. Instead, he opted for a hand staining technique using brushes.
“At first I used a normal paint brush, but ended up with streaks in the finish, so I switched to a sponge brush,” he explains.
Luckily, Direct Colors’ acid stains are easy-to-use and fairly forgiving, so he was able to stain over his first application and hide the streaks.
For the finishing touch, Jamie added grout to the saw cuts and sealed the floor. At first he sealed the concrete with Water-Based Acrylic Sealer that was going to require occasional waxing.
Upon second thought, he decided that he would rather have something that requires less maintenance. Jamie called Direct Colors and they recommended top coating the water based sealer with their Water-based Polyurethane Sealer, which provides a protective, glossy, no-wax finish.
350 sq. ft
4 days including surface preparation
1 Quart Concrete Cleaner & Degreaser
1 Gallon of Malayan Buff Acid Stain
2 Gallons of Cola Acid Stain
1 Gallon of Coffee Brown Acid Stain
2 Gallons Water-Based Acrylic Sealer – Satin Finish
1 Gallon Water-Based Polyurethane Sealer – Gloss Finish
1 Acid Stain Pump Sprayer
Randy Woods of Pinion Ridge Construction used Concrete Acid Stain to etch a company’s logo onto the new concrete floor of their building, much to their excitement. Here’s how he did it.
“Acid stained floor design was brand-new,” Woods said. “We do commercial buildings, and it was just new concrete”
Woods used a Coffee Brown Acid Stain, which they cut 50-50 with water. The company wanted their bulldog logo on the floor, and that’s what Woods gave them.
“They love it,” Woods said of the company’s reaction to the logo. “They’re ecstatic with it. They did not think I could do it like that.” He does wish that he’d diluted the acid more around the dog, but overall, “It actually turned out really good. Everything went together good on it.”
Though Woods considers himself a rookie, this was his seventh job dealing with concrete acid stain.
“Acid stain is the only way to go,” he said. “It’s cost effective, durable, and lasts longer than linoleum or carpet. I wouldn’t go any other route. I recommend it on every job we do now.”
And he also recommends Direct Colors, who has provided him with concrete acid stain for all the jobs he’s done. “I think Direct Colors has a quality product,” Woods said. “Everything I’ve bought comes from Direct Colors. I don’t think I’d go anywhere else.”
900 sq. ft
2 days including surface preparation
5 Gallon of Coffee Brown Acid Stain
5 Gallon Water-Based Acrylic Sealer – Satin Finish
5 Gallon Commercial Wax