What is the difference between Polished Concrete and Stained Concrete?

We get asked this a lot. Polished Concrete is the product of a process in which the surface of the slab is honed by mechanically grinding. A standard polished concrete process generally includes an average of seven passes over the floor using varying grits of metals, diamonds and resins to open and then close the pours of the concrete so tightly that a natural shine is produced. A Stained Concrete floor is also a process however the stain is topically applied to penetrate the surface using various types of stains and then sealed with a high quality sealer. Unlike paint and some other types of coatings, stained concrete will not flake or peel. Concrete staining is highly versatile allowing designs and graphics to achieve just about any look imaginable to suit your design tastes and budget.

What is Concrete Overlay? How long will it last and what is the maintenance?

Concrete Overlays are excellent alternatives to tearing out and replacing existing concrete slabs which can be expensive, messy, disruptive, and time consuming. Overlays are polymer based which bond to the slab after prepping the substrate. The overlay material that we choose to use is extremely strong. It has a PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) MUCH stronger than standard concrete thus making it very durable.

An overlay will last throughout the life of the underneath slab as long as there are no structure or moisture issues. Overlays provide new surfaces for outdoor areas as well as interior floors which may have been damaged by other flooring or chemicals in the slab. Overlays can provide a like-new condition surface in as little as a day to worn or damaged slabs at a fraction of the cost of replacing. Concrete Overlays can have patterns, designs and stains just as standard concrete.

Maintaining an overlayed surface is just as low maintenance as other decorative concrete applications. Once the finished product is in place, keep it clean by mild to no detergents and depending on your taste or shine, you may opt to reseal every few years. *We also provide overlays in which we can polish the surface; please inquire for more details.

Does your company pour concrete?

No. We do however offer to contract the concrete pour for our clients that desire decorative concrete services. We have trusted counterparts in the concrete business that we know will do a great job.

How long does it take for concrete to cure?

A freshly poured concrete slab takes approximately 28 days to fully cure. With this being said, you can move forward with your construction process, however to apply decorative applications (excluding stamping), we strongly advise giving your slab this cure time. Communication is KEY in the construction process. If you are planning to have a decorative concrete floor, please call us for important information regarding what IS and ISN’T needed in your concrete mix for best results for your final product!

How soon can my project be completed?

Once you have accepted your quote, we can book the date to start on your project. We pride ourselves in our ability to have jobs completed on time, every time.

What concrete finish is right for me?

There are a number of considerations in making the decision that is right for you. What color is right for my project? What would look good with my home? What are the latest trends in my area? Our friendly team would be happy to discuss with you your project and give you professional advice regarding this matter. You will be assisted and guided throughout the whole duration of the project, assuring you that every detail we do is right for you.

Is staining concrete a new product or procedure?

Although most people have only recently become aware of chemical staining, it has been used since the turn of the century. The “Big Sur Inn” California was stained in the early 1900’s and the floor still looks great today! Chemical staining is used extensively in Las Vegas, specifically in “Caesars Palace” retail mall area because of its beauty and durability.

Why does concrete need maintenance?

The common misconception is that concrete has no maintenance. There is no doubt that concrete is a very hard-wearing, long-lasting product with low maintenance. So when someone mentions maintenance, it often surprises people when the subject is brought up. However, properly maintaining your concrete through regular sealing or waxing every few years can greatly extend the life and beauty of it. Decorative Concrete can look as good as it did the day it was finished instead of dirty, faded and worn.

Will my concrete appear like the color shown on this web site?

Due to the different make up and porous qualities of the concrete, the stain may not exactly match the pictures shown. However, we do our best to achieve the desired color of your choice. This fact enables your job to become one-of-a-kind!

How do I clean my stained concrete flooring?

Here are three common steps to cleaning stained concrete floors.

  1. For general cleaning, just simply use water and a soft finish mop should remove any surface dirt.
  2. For deeper cleaning, use water with a mild soap, such as Dawn liquid.
  3. For areas where it looks as though the sealer may have been worn through, general cleaning is recommended, and the surface may need to have the sealer reapplied in high traffic areas.
How many colors are there?

There are many colors to choose from depending on the type of stain used. Earth tone colors and more vibrant bright colors both can be achieved with stains or dyes.

How much does decorative concrete cost?

All jobs are different. Costs are determined based on the size of the area, the product or application that you desire, level of detail, and the condition of the existing concrete. Contact us with more questions about pricing.

I would like to change my existing patio into a new stamped concrete surface. Should I re-pour a new surface, or go with a decorative concrete overlay?

A decorative concrete overlay is just that; it is a highly durable thin layer of hybrid polymer concrete that overlays an existing patio, floor, foyer, driveway, or sidewalk. When an overlay is applied, there are numerous variations and choices on the look of stamp patterns and finishes to choose from. Whereas a new pour of concrete is stamped into the concrete at the time of the pour, creating cost for demo, new concrete, stamping and then staining.

What can a Decorative Concrete Overlay be applied to?

Most systems can be applied to concrete, asphalt, wood, tile and stone. Overlays can generally be applied to any stable surface regardless of its composition. In other words, it can bond to almost anything.

What is the difference in cost between decorative concrete overlays and stamping a new concrete slab?

Decorative concrete overlays are a much more cost effective way to create value and beauty inside or outside of your home. Because the overlay goes over existing concrete there is no expensive tear-out, grading, or excavation.