Stained Concrete Flooring vs. Polished Concrete Flooring
Polished concrete is ideal for high-wear areas, such as the following:
- large retail stores
- stadium concourses
- restaurants that choose to invest the upfront expense in exchange for lower maintenance
Conversely, stained concrete is more ideal for the following areas:
- smaller retail shops
- residential patios
Stained concrete is an option anywhere people really want that variegated appearance of an acid-etch stain, or the faux finish you can get from acetone dye or semi-transparent stain products.
Generally, preparation of the surface of polished concrete flooring uses a grinder to open up the concrete pores. Then, follow up with multiple passes of successively finer-grit diamond products. In addition, chemicals such as liquid hardener and densifier will help achieve the finish you desire. If you want color, you can apply dye stain before densifying, and then finish it off with a guard coat.
On stained concrete flooring projects, there are some differences. With an acid stain, the color is literally etched or ‘burned’ into the concrete. Therefore, etching is not necessary in the surface preparation steps.
There is no such thing as a ‘no maintenance’ surface. However, polished concrete flooring is probably the lowest overall maintenance system you can install. When you polish concrete it closes the pores. As a result, this helps it resist staining and moisture. This makes routine maintenance is basically a powered floor scrubber, a wet mop or a neutral cleaner.
Daily maintenance on a stained concrete floor is essentially the same. However, there is more long-term expense in re-applying clear coats or protective waxes. The life of the coating system largely depends on wear. If one area sustains a lot of scratches or heavy traffic, those activities can sometimes get through the coating and remove color in the specific spot.
These are just a few of the many differences between ready-mix stained concrete flooring vs. polished concrete flooring for your business. Contact us with the link below to purchase your ready-mix concrete today!