Refinishing Basement Floors
Why Acid Stain Basement Floors?
Basement environments have peculiar issues not generally found in other rooms of the house. In particular, basements tend to be a humid environment, prone to occasional seepage from inclement weather and the water table. This makes concrete flooring an absolute must for basements.
For finished, liveable basements, decorative concrete not only offers a colorful antidote to the doldrum grey of concrete slabs, but it also endures should the worst ever happen.
Unlike carpeting that needs immediate removal, or other mold producing surfaces, Acid Stain Concrete is easy to clean and maintain over time.
Should flooding occur, colored concrete floors are the least expensive and aggravating repair available, compared to say, tile, which is prone to trapping water beneath the tiles.
Cleaning Up After Water Damage and Flooding
While no one wants to be the victim of Massive Flooding or winter water damage from burst pipes, selecting the best flooring option in the basement can minimize the headache of clean-up and prevent similar losses in the future.
A basement remodel can be challenging, but acid stained concrete floors make it quicker, easier and a lot less expensive.
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For existing homes, Acid Stained Basement Floors remain one of the most popular “first-time” projects. Acid stain allows you to create a one-of-a-kind finish that matches your home and decorative goals. Direct Colors provides you with Helpful DIY Guides and How-To Videos to guide customer projects to completion without paying for professional help.
- • Marbled Acid Stain is a popular & elegant look used to brighten darker basements
- • Tinted Concrete Sealer is the easiest way to add color to your grey concrete
- • Direct Colors Concrete Dye mixes in, providing contrasting accents in poured concrete
- • Resurface or repair old, damaged and soiled concrete patios, driveways and walkways
What About Sealing Basement Floors?
Many basements experience water issues as a result of drainage changes, foundation cracks and uncharacteristically heavy rains. Because moisture seeps into basements and can rise up through the slab as Hydrostatic Pressure, such risk factors help determine which sealer may be right for you. Inspect your basement thoroughly for seepage of any kind and address with adequate measures before finishing the basement floor.
In the presence of high humidity, apply a small sheet of plastic directly to the floor using duct tape and leave on for at least 48 hours. If condensation beads under the plastic, select a breathable sealer or cure and seal sealer that allows water vapor to pass through the coating.
Selecting the correct sealer is the most critical decision for a basement project. Basements often have poor ventilation making solvent based sealers a poor and possibly dangerous choice.
Solvent fumes can be overwhelming in confined, inadequately ventilated areas. Solvent-based sealers should only be applied in walk-out basements with doors and windows open to the outside and even then exercise caution.
Direct Colors offers several excellent breathable water based sealers for basement applications, including the Water-Based Polyurethane Sealers, Water-Based Acrylic Concrete Sealer and Penetrating Concrete Sealer, Hardener & Densifier.
High Gloss, Water-Based Acrylic Sealer should only be used in basements with low humidity and no history of seepage.
What about Long Term Maintenance & Refinishing?
For optimal performance, residential floors should be re-waxed four times a year. High traffic areas and walkways, or homes that have large dogs, may need to re-apply more often. No stripping is necessary, however. Chair and table legs that scratch decorative concrete flooring over time should have teflon pads or sliders under them to minimize floor damage.
- • Avoid using harsh chemical cleansers on the floor
- • Polyurethanes and Acrylic Urethanes have a life of 5-10 years depending on use. The floor will require a light sanding and sealer reapplication when the finish becomes worn
See our Care and Maintanence for Acid Stained Floors section for more information on the care and maintenance of acid stained floors. Take care of your floor finish and it will last for many years. We recommend you choose a sealer and wax for your home or business based on desired gloss level, intended use, and on-going maintenance expectations.