Concrete Stain vs Epoxy

When deciding to add some life to your concrete flooring, whether basement, garage, kitchen, sunroom, patio, or around your in-ground pool, you may be considering the latest trend in concrete stain. More and more homeowners are opting for this affordable alternative to epoxy, or rein-based floor coatings. After all, they’re easy to apply, look good, and are installed in a short amount of time.

Unlike epoxy, however, concrete stain, and the sealant applied to complete the project, do little to protect your floor for the long term. In fact, the application of certain types of stain could do more to damage your floor, or shorten its lifespan. Once you’ve done sufficient research, you’ll likely find the better investment, in money and effort, is with a floor coating from Counter Culture.

If you’re looking for a concrete stain-like finish, no problem. We have hundreds of design possibilities, including floor coating products that emulate the look of stained concrete, but provide superior, long-lasting protection.

Counter Culture products are professionally installed, which guarantees the floor beneath is clean, level, and unblemished. Professional application takes just a few days. You’ll be able to walk on and enjoy your brand new floor coating in as little as 48 hours.

Types of Concrete Stain

Concrete stain comes in two types. The more trendy, and preferred method is the water based, acidic solution. This solution contains metallic salts, which react to the lime in your concrete. The “stain” coloring and gradation that take place are permanent as they are literally a chemical reaction of your concrete to the solution.

The second type of concrete stain is an acrylic stain. In the same way paint adheres to your walls, the acrylic stain adheres to your concrete. Unlike paint, which merely covers the surface, the acrylic stain penetrates your concrete through pores in the surface, creating a more permanent color. Unlike the acid stain, the acrylic doesn’t allow for as much variation in tone and character.

Both methods are finished with a sealant, which protects the color, but isn’t nearly as protective as an epoxy floor coating. Because the acid stain is caused by a reaction, and due to the porous nature of concrete, any breaks in the sealant can cause discoloration and extreme color variances.

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