Spruce up Your Patio With Concrete Stains

June 11, 2019 2:06 pm

Summer is here, which means warm weather, grilling out and opportunities for fantastic outdoor entertaining. If your concrete patio has seen better days, concrete stain is a terrific way to refresh it. This technique adds color, design and graphics to otherwise plain concrete. Because concrete is such an absorbent material, stains provide fade-resistant and permanent color.

The great news is that this project can be DIY, though many professionals are available to assist if you choose that route. Educating yourself on the process is important; then, you can decide if this is something you want to tackle on your own.

The two most popular types of concrete stains are:

Acid-based stains This type of stain reacts chemically with the concrete to create a natural color variation that often appears as a mottling effect. Acid-based stains are typically used for subtle patterns, with colors usually limited to earth tones such as browns, tans and greens.

Water-based stains Available in a full spectrum of colors, this type of stain is used for more dramatic effects. Water-based stains are mixed — much like paint — to create more options.

Watch the video below for a guided tutorial on staining your patio.

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