Concrete Stain vs Epoxy

When deciding to add some life to your concrete flooring, whether basement, garage, sunroom, patio, or around your in-ground pool, you may be considering the latest trend in concrete stain. More and more homeowners are opting for this affordable alternative to epoxy, or rein-based floor coatings. After all, they’re easy to apply, look good, and are installed in a short amount of time.

Unlike epoxy, however, concrete stain, and the sealant applied to complete the project, do little to protect your floor for the long term. In fact, the application of certain types of stain could do more to damage your floor, or shorten it’s lifespan. Once you’ve done sufficient research, you’ll likely find the better investment, in money and effort, is with a floor coating from Prestige Floor Coating.

If you’re looking for a concrete stain-like finish, no problem. We have hundreds of design possibilities, including floor coating products that emulate the look of stained concrete, but provide superior, long-lasting protection.

Professional application takes just a few days. You’ll be able to walk on and enjoy your brand new floor coating in as little as 48 hours. Prestige warranties all interior residential floor coatings with our lifetime warranty against peeling.

Types of Concrete Stain

Concrete stain comes in two types. The more trendy, and preferred method is the water based, acidic solution. This solution contains metallic salts, which react to the lime in your concrete. The “stain” coloring and gradation that take place are permanent as they are literally a chemical reaction of your concrete to the solution.

The second type of concrete stain is an acrylic stain. In the same way paint adheres to your walls, the acrylic stain adheres to your concrete. Unlike paint, which merely covers the surface, the acrylic stain penetrates your concrete through pores in the surface, creating a more permanent color. Unlike the acid stain, the acrylic doesn’t allow for as much variation in tone and character.

Both methods are finished with a sealant, which protects the color, but isn’t nearly as protective as an epoxy floor coating. Because the acid stain is caused by a reaction, and due to the porous nature of concrete, any breaks in the sealant can cause discoloration and extreme color variances.

Choose Floor Coatings that Last

When you have epoxy floor coating professionally installed, your flooring will retain it’s good looks for decades. The impenetrable nature of your Prestige product will prevent fading, UV damage, and degradation caused by weather or wear and tear.

Our floor coatings come in a variety of styles and colors. Some of our coatings even replicate the desired effect of the acid based concrete stain. If you’re interested in finding out more about Prestige Floor Coatings, contact us today.

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