One of the most popular DIY projects to do at home when it comes to concrete is acid staining. While acid staining is technically something you could do on your own, it’s also incredibly easy to make critical mistakes if you’ve never done it before, and that’s why employing the professional services of a company like Stamped Concrete Denver to do it for you can be to your benefit.
Acid stained patios are welcoming and colorful, and they can really add to the look of your home as well as boost its value. Here is the basic process that we will follow when applying it:
Analyzing Your Concrete
We will first analyze your concrete before we even think about beginning the acid staining process. The condition and age of your concrete will be the most important factors to take into consideration before any successful acid staining process.
We will ensure that your concrete is free of any dirt, oil, paint, dry wall, adhesive, sealers, and debris. This is critical, because acid stain will not react well with any of these so they will need to be removed. It’s also essential that your concrete not have been poured with a waterproofing agent either.
Choosing The Colors
This is the fun part of any acid staining project: choosing the colors! Of course, this is your decision to make and you should choose the colors that will give your home the most welcoming feel.
There are a few guidelines to follow, however. If your patio receives any sunlight during the day, do not use black or similar dark colors, as the concrete can become very hot during the day. You would also be wise to choose a stain color that compliments the rest of your property, such as your bricks or walls.
Cleaning The Concrete
Once the colors have been selected, it’s time to get down and dirty and begin the acid staining process. That begins with cleaning the concrete thoroughly. We will use a power washer on a low setting and then scrub with concrete cleaner and water solution to remove any residue present on the concrete. We will then allow the concrete to dry out before we spray on the stain.
Spraying The Stain
At that point, there’s nothing left but to saturate the concrete with the stain. After applying the stain, we will use satin finish sealers to ensure that you will not slip and fall when walking over your concrete. An anti-slip concrete sealer additive will ensure maximum safety.
As far as ongoing maintenance is concerned, you will be wise to apply acrylic sealer on the patio once every two years or so, especially if the patio is exposed to direct sunlight on a daily basis. This will help prevent peeling and flaking to give the patio a better overall look.