A stained concrete floor not only looks great and shiny, it’s also quite an affordable flooring option for a home or office. Furthermore, concrete floors are sustainable and won’t trap allergens, like carpet, so choosing concrete as your flooring can be considered a healthy decision for you and your family or employees. But there are some other less obvious benefits of choosing a water-based stain as a opposed to an acid-based stain.
Benefits of Water-Based Stain Over Acid-Based Stain:
Application - An acid stain will require you to neutralize your surface before application, whereas a water-based stain does not. This makes the application of water-based stain easier, as it is one step less than acid staining.
Legality - If you hire a professional concrete contractor to stain your floor with acid, he will need to check with local laws regarding disposal of chemicals during the prep-work phase of the process. If you are working with a tight timeframe, this legality will slow you down. You might want to consider using a water-based stain to speed things up because there is no formal process for disposing of water-based stains for concrete.
More color options - With acid staining, it’s a little harder to predict end color – if you get it wrong, it might look more like a painted floor, not a stained one. But with water-based staining, colors tend to be more representative of the samples you choose from your concrete stain supplier.
Less fading - Water-based stains last longer in terms of fading. In fact, some stain manufacturers make stains that are extremely UV resistant, so colors stay truer longer. This makes water-based staining attractive to outdoor concrete applications.
LEED points - Many architects choose water-based staining products, like those from Duraamen, over acid staining because the chemicals used in acid might prohibit their building from earning LEED points.
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