Here at Floor Coverings International of Jupiter and West Palm Beach, we always try to stay on top of the newest flooring options and trends, and what better time than the new year to try out new flooring? One of the trendiest and most cutting edge flooring options today is acid stained concrete. While you might not think of concrete as a good flooring option off the bat, associating it with basements and industrial spaces, it turns out that concrete can work in doors and even in your home, especially if it’s decorated and treated to look attractive and interesting with acid staining.
What is Acid Stained Concrete?
Acid stained concrete is a form of decorative concrete flooring. Rather than dying or painting, which are other methods for dressing up concrete floors, acid-staining causes a chemical reaction when the acid is applied to the concrete surface and reacts with the lime in the concrete over a period of a few hours. This chemical reaction discolors the concrete’s surface and creates a variety of earthy brown and copper mottled tones. This color permeates into the concrete by about 1/16 to 1/32 of an inch and the pH balance is restored after treatment with a base solution of ammonia and water or baking soda. Acid staining concrete floors is a relatively simple task, and so it has become popular amongst DIYers looking for a unique flooring option, without the hassle of protracted installation and expensive prices.
The Advantages of Concrete Flooring
Concrete flooring, which is of course the base of acid stained concrete, is actually a good flooring option in and of itself. First of all, concrete is one of your most inexpensive flooring options. If you’re New Years resolution is to save some money, concrete flooring might be right for you. Furthermore, concrete is incredibly low maintenance. Do you hate vacuuming? Concrete is perfect then! Occasional mopping wouldn’t hurt, but you don’t have to worry about buying fancy cleaners like with hardwoods. Concrete floors are very durable, and can easily last a century if they’re well maintained.
To learn more about concrete flooring, and the other flooring options available from Floor Coverings International, call us today!