By staining or dying your basement floor, you can transform a basement into a sleek and impressive room. Still, there are different advantages, disadvantages, and applications for stains and dyes. Ultimately, the product you choose should depend on the final outcome you’re looking for. Here’s a deeper look at concrete stains and dyes:
Stains for Basement Floors
Staining concrete is a simple way to transform the appearance of your basement flooring and impress onlookers. In general, there are two types of concrete stains to choose from: water-based and acid-based. Again, the type of stain you’ll want to choose depends on how you want the final product to turn out:
- Water-based staining: Water-based stains fill up the rough areas of the concrete to produce a stain. They coat the surface of the concrete and can produce rich coloring. They also come in a wide range of colors, hues, and tones. Another advantage is that they’re often free from or low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Still, despite their advantages, water-based stains may not be the best option for all concrete basement floor. If it’s a high-traffic area, water-based stains can be vulnerable to fading over time.
- Acid-based staining: Acid-based staining doesn’t just coat the surface of the flooring. Instead, it penetrates deep into the concrete. As a result, these stains are able to produce subtle, translucent effects. They are also designed to stand up to UV light and foot traffic. Acid-based stains are less likely to fade than water-based stains, but their color selection is more limited—generally ranging from bright blues to earth shades.
Concrete Dyes for Basement Floors
Dyed concrete floors are another excellent option if you want to draw out bright colors. However, with dyes, no chemical reaction occurs. Instead, you are just applying dye to the surface.
Generally, dyes are available in liquid form, or as dry pigment. It’s worth noting that different dyes will provide differing effects and require specific installation procedures. For instance, for acetone dyes, you’ll want to apply the chemical to polished concrete before it has been sealed.