Around Jacksonville, acid staining has become one of the most preferred ways of transforming dull and gray concrete slabs into an attractive work of art. Some call it colored concrete or acid stained concrete. Many designers, builders, and homeowners are fascinated by the appeal of acid staining on the floors or concrete slabs due to it's unique patterns. More so, it allows different color mixes and techniques to match your color schemes; or even a clever contrast.
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Chemically stained concrete flooring is highly favored by major players in the building and construction industry because acid staining produces surfaces that are cost effective, easy to maintain and attractive. Hence it promotes the newest focus in the industry – organic designs. Many commercial painting services offer acid staining to high-end clients.
Most acid staining are achieved by a combination of water, acid-soluble metallic salts, and hydrochloric acid. The mixture works through a chemical reaction with the hydrated lime in the stain to produce amazing color in the concrete.
The painting contractor ensures cleaning the surfaces of the concrete thoroughly by scrubbing the with an abrasive pad and a buffer, or power washing the outdoor area. Having ensured that the surface is clean and the surrounding walls have been prepped, the acid stain will be sprayed on the floor with a sprayer and not a brush or mop or roller for best results.
The application of acid staining to concrete surface creates an uneven, mottled, and translucent color, which looks similar to weathered stone marble or slate. Colors in concrete can vary due to different chemical combination in each concrete slab. And note that acid staining is not similar to paint, so, it is not like a coating in any way. Consequently, the color forms a permanent part of the surface and will not flake, peel or chip. The translucence of acid staining will create beautiful imperfections on cracked slabs or concrete flooring by providing a weathered look of character.
The acid contained in the stain creates a chemical reaction with the lime in the concrete and that will result in a change of color of the concrete. The concrete passes through different changes, especially the ugly stage, until the acid becomes neutralized with an alkaline agent such as water or ammonia. If the floor is clean, which is recommended anyway, before a sealer is applied on it, the acid stained floors will take the look of a terrazzo or marble.
Acid staining is suitable for both residential and commercial buildings in Jacksonville; as it protects the floor and has a low maintenance in addition to an exquisite finish it leaves on the concrete floors.