Stained Concrete...Bold, Beautiful, and Durable
An open garage door in an attached garage led to this, after a few inches of blowing rain. The water seeped under the common wall. It was not noticed for months, possibly longer, because of the vapor barrier between the slab and the flooring. So the process began with removal of the current laminate flooring as well as the 1/4" osb underlayment and baseboard.
The entire floor in this room had standing water under the floor. So, all the flooring was removed down to the slab. Then the water was vacuumed, and the floor mopped and disinfected multiple times. Fortunately, the slab was in excellent condition. A few small cracks, but structurally sound. The floor was then scrubbed with a floor polisher to remove paint and drywall joint compound left from construction. At that point, the room was ready for acid staining.
The same couldn't be said for the kitchen, which had tile. VERY poorly laid tile. The real work (noisy, dusty, tedious) started when the tile was removed. Every effort was made to keep the kitchen usable during the work, although the dust was significant.
Finally, after much work, we had a slab that was ready for staining.
As you can see in the pictures below, we scored a border around the exterior of the room. Small details add a lot to the finished product. After scoring, the entire floor was stained with the lighter of the two colors used. After six hours the border was stained with the darker color, and the main floor was treated again.
After the floor was cleaned with an acid neutralizer, it was sealed and then a sacrificial wear layer is applied.
It was a lot of work, but it turned out great. The final product is a beautiful, durable, and easy to clean floor.
If you would like a free estimate on acid staining your floor, contact CJ Construction today!