Coloring concrete with dye and stains has been a popular decorative feature for decades. With the advent of concrete polishing and other concrete coating options, this option can be taken to a new level. Both dye and stain have unique properties that can add to the attractiveness of a floor, cover blemishes, and create an overall appearance of quality.

For business owners, incorporating concrete stains or dye into a project is a practical solution. Before making this decision, get answers to common questions about the process.

What Are Concrete Dye and Stains?

Dye and stains are colored liquid chemicals that can be applied to surfaces using rollers, sponges, and similar tools. Both can be tinted with color combinations to produce a precise color. Dry times vary by product, but most applications can be completed in 24 hours.

When the color has dried, a clear protective coat is applied over the surface. This not only ensures the materials cannot be tracked elsewhere, but also reduces the need for maintenance and keeps the colors vibrant.

These two options for adding color to concrete serve the same general purpose, but function quite differently. Stains sit on the surface and react with the chemicals in the concrete. Dye is absorbed into the concrete, like water in a sponge.

While stains can be used almost anywhere, dye is greatly affected by UV light and will fade over time.

How Does One Choose Between Concrete Dye and Stains?

There are positives and negatives associated with both types of materials. Comparing the properties of each and the anticipated end results can help determine which is better suited for the job.

Questions to consider include the following:

  • Is the concrete outdoors or will it be exposed to direct sunlight?
  • Is it important for the final color to be a specific shade or tone?
  • Is the purpose to cover blemishes or stains?
  • Are there concerns about chemicals or other hazards?

What Are the Most Important Factors in a Concrete Dye and Stain Project?

Not all floors are well-suited for this application. When concrete has high moisture content, it can cause the color not to take. Stains will chip and peel in a short amount of time, just as paint would. Dye will not absorb properly and the surface may seem not to dry.

The floor can be tested in the planning process to evaluate the moisture level. If it is high, a concrete blocker may be applied to create a more solid surface.

Contractors must also look at the use of the facility to determine whether dye or stain is more appropriate.

Choose ICS Coatings for Professional Concrete Dye and Stains

ICS Coatings is a leading concrete company that performs installation and upgrades for businesses and companies throughout the New England area. With over 20 years of experience and access to proprietary equipment, contractors can work efficiently and smartly to get the job done.

To get a quote and an evaluation of your concrete project or repair, including information on the application of concrete dye and stains, contact ICS Coatings. Fill out the Got a Project form or call 877-856-5400. You will receive a free consultation with a contractor who can address your concerns and answer any questions you might have.

ICS has worked on projects in a number of cities in the eastern United States:

  • Hartford, CT
  • New Haven, CT
  • Albany, NY
  • Portsmouth, NH
  • Nashua, NH
  • Manchester, NH
  • Worcester, Ma
  • Boston, MA
  • Springfield Ma
  • Portland, ME
  • Bangor, ME
  • Providence, RI

Ask about other locations to find out where else ICS is available.

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