Acid Stained Concrete
Concrete Counter Tops
Concrete used to be considered the utilitarian product of the building industry: drab and boring, yet strong and supportive. Now, concrete isn't what it used to be. Technology has allowed concrete to take on virtually any color, texture, or shape. The result has been an abundance of choices for interior flooring applications. Decorative concrete floors can take on the appearance of marble, cobblestone and even wood. Acid stained concrete counter tops are durable and virtually maintenance free and when cast-in-place add elegance to custom homes and commercial projects. These days we can even use glow in the dark aggregate to create stunning glow in the dark driveways, walkways, counter tops, pool decks, etc.
Acid stained concrete floors are the most popular interior applications for decorative concrete. Because of stamped concrete, epoxy flooring, polished concrete floors, concrete overlays, dye stain, etc., clients can request floors that have a tiled or cut stone look or that give the appearance of limestone, slate, flagstone, marble, granite or even wood. A concrete floor can be stamped with a rubber imprinting tool that contains specific designs to create patterns in the floor, or a contractor can embed items in the floor to add texture.
Colored or acid stained concrete floors will not weather or fade over time. The floors keep their appearance and will not need to be re-stained or re-colored to keep the color from fading if properly maintained. These types of floors just need to be re-sealed occasionally on exterior applications, to lock in the color and highlight all the different color variations and hues. In 1927, architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood and his crew came up with the idea to chemically stain the concrete at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. After more than 90 years, the colors are still very evident and show many different hues and color variations. This evidence speaks volumes about the durability of stained concrete. For the most part, decorative concrete floors, especially acid stained concrete floors, costs less than hardwood, marble, slate and most all of the natural stones. Installed correctly, acid stained concrete, stamped concrete and concrete counter tops add beauty and elegance to any environment as well as increased property value. Decorative concrete is also a great type of flooring to have inside your home if you or your loved ones have allergy problems.