Add A Little Color To Your Life (And Floor) With Colored Concrete!

Exciting Color Options For Concrete Flooring

When it comes to colorful concrete flooring options, the sky is the limit. Dyes, stains and surface coatings make it easy to transform boring plain-jane bare concrete into a work of art. With the availability of nearly every hue imaginable, from rich, earthy browns and golds to fire-engine red, azure blue, and vibrant shades of purple and green, your color choices are only limited by your imagination. The following are the most requested color options and the coloring techniques used to produce them.

What are some of the most Popular Concrete Floor Colors

While they might not initially sound exciting, the most popular concrete flooring color choice, especially for residential applications, is brown tones.  From pale tan to terra cotta to deep cocoa, brown concrete flooring mimics the warm look of wood flooring yet is more durable and much easier to maintain. In addition, the array of shades achievable in the brown palette is infinite, ranging from dark walnut to deep russet to sandy beige.

Another popular color choice for modern homes, businesses, medical facilities or restaurant kitchen floors are the multitude of options in the gray spectrum. Whether you are looking for a silver pearl, a steely grey or a dark charcoal, there’s a perfect hue of gray to choose from.

For more colorful, whimsical designs consider combining multiple colors for your concrete flooring. Multiple colors can be used to create distinct patterns or swirled together for a mottled effect. With stencils, multiple colors can also be combined to create custom designs, monograms and logos.

Concrete Coloring Techniques

Just as there are a plethora of concrete floor colorings to choose from, there are a variety of methods to apply the color:

  • Water-based Stains – These stains produce a permanent color by penetrating the concrete surface. Typically a blend of pigments and acrylic polymers, the resulting finish ranges from translucent to opaque. They are offered in a broader color spectrum and have a less subtle color effect than acid-based stains, including metallic tints.
  • Acid-based Stains – Prized for their unique color combinations and permanence, these are the most tried and true stains for concrete floors. Due to chemical reactions and variations in penetration, each floor is unique. The colors are mainly limited to blue/green and earth-toned hues, and are translucent.
  • Concrete Dyes – This application penetrate the concrete to achieve a permanent, opaque color saturation. Available in solvent- or water-based formulations, concrete dyes are available in a variety of colors. The water-based dyes typically produce more variegation and marbling, while solvent-based dyes provide a more uniform, monotone effect.
  • Epoxy Floor Coatings – While they generally cost more than dyes or stains, epoxy coating is very opaque, making it a good choice for hiding flaws and stains. They are durable and have long-lasting color. Additionally, they can feature color chips, metallic pigments, and are abrasion-resistant, making them a great choice for commercial flooring applications.

If you are considering a colorful concrete floor finish, let the professionals at Dreamcoat Flooring help you select the perfect hue and coloring method. Call 480-226-4172 today for a free flooring estimate and design consultation.

Repair or Re-do Your Dirty Phoenix Driveway?

Perhaps you have recently completed your epoxy coating for your garage concrete, and the dull, damaged, and aging driveway seems to be taking away from your house or that beautiful garage. Its time to tackle that dingy and cracked driveway!

Your driveway has multiple functions and isn’t just a place to drive the car. That concrete pathway is a place for everything from the kids learning how to ride a bike to teaching your teen how to change a tire. Your driveway also contributes to the curb appeal to your home.

So, the question is: Should you repair or re-do your dirty Phoenix driveway?

Repairing Vs Replacement
Over time, your driveway will begin to show signs of damages. Cracks, holes, and divots can begin to appear over the surface, and can potentially lead to larger, and deeper, problems. This can be caused by a number of factors including:

  • Freeze-thaw cycles
  • Weight of vehicles over time
  • Extreme heat and sun

If the visible cracks in your driveway are less than a quarter-inch wide, you shouldn’t be too worried. These can easily be repaired. Your concrete professional can help prolong the life of your driveway and with simple repair and resurface project.

However, if the cracks in your driveway are larger than a quarter-inch, filling them will only serve as a temporary fix. The age of your driveway should also be taken into effect as well. If it’s more than 20 years old, it’s probably time for a replacement.

The Ultimate Plan
With a top rated Phoenix area epoxy floor coating contractor working with you on your driveway repair or resurfacing project, you can be sure your project will be completed with superior craftsmanship and unparalleled service at a reasonable price.

Our friendly owner would be happy to personally visit your home, at no charge to you, and show you examples, epoxy floor colors and textures that would look great at your home . Contact us today for answers to all your questions and to schedule your free consultation today.