We are all aware that concrete is a tremendously durable, long-lasting, and low-maintenance material. It is also a common material used in the construction of most buildings. For example, a slab of concrete is part of the foundation of numerous structures.
In its natural state, concrete has a grayish color. However, with the constant occurrence of inevitable circumstances like the accumulation of dirt, chemical spills, and food spills, it will surely face wear and tear. Fortunately, there are several treatments that can be used to enhance and protect the surface appearance of a concrete floor. These will give extra protection to the concrete by being able to seal it against harmful agents, as well as form a hydrophobic layer to make the surface much easier to clean.
Epoxy is a durable material. In fact, it can be applied into cracks and gaps to level out surfaces. Plus, epoxy comes in a variety of colors, allowing you to have extensive freedom to create unique designs and patterns that are aesthetically pleasing. Epoxy treatments are commonly used to seal and repair a damaged concrete floor. In addition, a famous application of this treatment is commonly found in commercial establishments. Epoxy coating on concrete floors also keeps away minor imperfections while repelling stains and spills.
- Manner of Application: First, grind the floor with a grinding device, then apply some primer. Let it dry so you can paint over it. Finally, apply a protective topcoat.
- Estimated Cost: $3.00-$4.50 per square foot
Urethane is a type of chemical that is applied to a majority of products, but it is more commonly utilized to seal and protect concrete and stone. It provides durable protection against scratches, weathering, and damages due to exposure to intense temperatures. But, urethane can be an expensive choice of sealing treatment especially when applied on floors. If you’re not too wary of the projected costs, this can be a great option, as it’s very effective in protecting concrete against damage.
- Estimated Cost: $2.00-$4.00 per square foot
This treatment is purely for aesthetics since acid staining is not a coating. However, concrete stains can still produce a good-looking and smoother concrete floor. For best results, it is recommended by experts to test a little amount of the chemical on a small portion of the floor before giving the entire floor space a treatment. Doing so will give you an idea of what the colors will look like and how the change will manifest in the entire room.
- Manner of Application: Floor decorating professionals spray an acidic chemical on top of the slab to produce an appearance similar to marble or stone. However, as stated above, the stain doesn’t have any protecting component, so you will also need to apply either a urethane sealer or xylene-based acrylic sealer after acid staining.
- Estimated Cost: Around $6.00 to $7.00 per square foot, with sealer.
Concrete is no longer restricted to industrial worksites and factories. It’s also a popular choice of material for residential structures and corporate buildings. Thus, it’s important to also put a priority on visual aspects. By staining concrete using a suitable color and following a style scheme, you can beautify and protect your concrete floors. It’s also essential to keep floors clean and polished so you can preserve the achieved results.