The Advantages of Stained Concrete
Health benefits and durability are at the top of the list
By Kathryn Keep
Stained concrete is becoming a popular choice for floors in homes and buildings everywhere. Compared to other flooring choices, stained concrete is easier to keep clean and looking great. The beauty of stained concrete is matched only by its ability to outlast the competition.
Concrete floors almost never need to be removed or replaced. They are strong and will not buckle or warp. If installed properly, the color of acid-stained concrete does not fade or discolor.
Concrete has thermal mass, meaning it retains heat from the sun and releases the heat as the air around it cools. This means significant energy savings, but the concrete must be exposed rather than covered with carpeting or other flooring. Staining makes exposing the concrete far more desirable.
Concrete stains can be a single color or a combination of colors. Acid staining produces a unique multitonal effect. In some cases, concrete can be stained to simulate stone, marble or even a wood-grain pattern and can be scored to look like tile or cut with any other unique design.
Stained concrete doesn't attract dust, pollen or other allergens that may trigger asthma and allergies. It doesn't hold any moisture, so it can't harbor disease-causing bacteria, mold or mildew.
Stained concrete stays looking beautiful with only light dusting or vacuuming and occasional mopping, depending on how much use it gets. Repolishing a stained concrete floor can take as little as 10 to 15 minutes.
About the Author
Kathryn Keep is a regular contributor to DexKnows. She is an eco-consultant, with expertise in environmental issues, home decorating, green building, and general sustainable living.
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