Are Dyes or Stains the Best Option for Commercial Concrete Floors in New York?

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If you operate a commercial enterprise in New York and have noticed that your flooring is not what it once was, you may be wondering if stains or dyes would be a good solution. Both stains and dyes present a number of advantages for commercial concrete floors in New York, but it is important to understand the differences between the two in order to determine which is the best choice for your flooring needs.

Understanding Concrete Stains

Concrete stains are designed to react with the lime in the concrete, which produces color variations. While water-based stains can be blended more easily, thus resulting in a customized look, acid stains typically produce more a marbled effect. Both types of stains are UV-resistant, which means they work well for outdoor and indoor use. While stains offer many advantages for commercial concrete floors in New York, there are also some drawbacks, including the fact that acid stains have to be neutralized with a neutral water solution and cleaned and dried before applying any finish coats. The look is not as uniform, and the colors are somewhat limited to natural earthy tones. Concrete stains do not penetrate the surface of the concrete very deep, so if the floor should become damaged, the chipped or cracked areas may become more visible.

Understanding Concrete Dyes

Concrete dyes are different from stains in that they actually penetrate the surface of the concrete. As a result, dyes produce a strong color saturation. Dyes may be either solvent-based or water-based. While stains may require hours to dry, dyes will typically dry within just a few minutes. This can be important for commercial flooring because it will allow for less downtime for your business. Also, since dyes penetrate the porous surface of the concrete, your commercial flooring can then be polished without worrying about the color being damaged. This solution can provide a colorful, smooth, and low-maintenance surface. Dyes do have some disadvantages, including the fact that most dyes are not UV-resistant, meaning they are better for indoor use only. To prevent fading, applying a UV-resistant finish is recommended.

Specialty Concrete Services offers a variety of concrete stains and dyes from AmeriPolish, Elite Crete, and more, and our specialists can help you decide which product is best for your commercial flooring needs.