Santa Clarita Stained Concrete
When you’re considering a new patio, driveway, pool deck, or entryway for your home, one of the first things that may come to mind is whether or not you should stain your concrete. Staining concrete has its pros and cons; it all depends on what look you are going for. You will need to decide if stained concrete will work well with the style of your home before deciding which route to take.
The Pros of Staining Concrete:
-If there are cracks in the original surface when you stain over them, they will still show through after being stained. So if you’re looking for a completely smooth surface, stained concrete may not be the right option to go with. It’s best if there is no cracking before applying the stain because it will cause more cracks after being applied and sealed in place.
-If you want to switch your colors later on, this can be difficult as well (especially if you have sealant already applied). To take off old coatings of sealant, it could mean removing paint which would involve stripping down all layers until it reaches raw concrete again–this is time consuming and expensive! If you do decide to try taking off an old coating of sealant yourself without professional help, make sure that everything has been thoroughly cleaned first so that any chemical reactions won’t be bad.
-It’s not as durable as a traditional patio, driveway or entryway because of the way that it is applied on top of the concrete surface (instead of penetrating into it). This means that if you have heavy foot traffic or pets running about, stained concrete can wear down and show white patches from underneath where there are more cracks. Once this happens, it’s difficult to fix without having to do all over again with new layers of stain.
Some other things you may need to think about before choosing between using stained concrete or another exterior material include how easy it will be during winter snow removal time, what kind of maintenance needs (or lack thereof) you’ll need, and whether or not you’re looking for a new look.
If you are worried about snow removal time on your concrete surface, it is important to make sure that the stained concrete has been sealed properly before installation. The sealant will protect from any staining due to melted ice water running off of the building after storms. This can also be done by painting over the entire exterior with an acrylic paint in a gloss finish when installing so there will be no issues with peeling or fading during winter weather.
The decision whether or not staining your concrete should be based off what look you are going for in your home. Take some time to decide which option will work best before starting any project–you’ll thank yourself later!