OLD Stained Concrete
Most stained concrete floors that you will encounter fall into the category of "conventional stained and sealed concrete." There is a significant distinction between "polished" concrete and conventional stained and sealed concrete.
With a polished concrete floor, the surface with which you actually come into contact is the actual concrete. Conventional stained concrete flooring, however, requires a "topical sealer" to protect the stained concrete surface from wear due to abrasion. Therefore, the surface with which you interact is, in fact, the clearcoat, not the concrete.
As with most products, there are applications which are inappropriate for the characteristics of the product, and this is true with regard to conventional stained concrete floors. There is a time and place for everything, however. If your budget will not allow for polishing concrete, then staining and sealing your slab can be a cost-effective yet beautiful alternative.
The durability, then, depends on the characteristics of that clear sealer. Most people have seen stained concrete floors in restaurants and other public spaces where the stained surface has been completely eroded or the clearcoat has been severely damaged in a short amount of time.
For residential applications, pricing can vary depending on the stage of construction at which the polishing process is scheduled. The most cost-effective time to polish is prior to framing. The polishing process can also begin once the frame is complete. As this requires hand-crafted edging, the cost is slightly higher and the time to completion is somewhat longer. Polishing can also begin after drywall is installed, but never after installation of trim, cabinetry, or fixtures attached to the floor. In most cases, the cost of our polished concrete is similar to, if not less than the cost of a quality ceramic tile floor.
For commercial applications where square footage is significantly higher, the same general principals apply, but as a rule of thumb, cost per square foot goes down at square footage goes up.
A typical residential new construction project will involve around 1200 square feet of polished concrete. Scheduled properly, cost to the project could range from $4.25 per square foot to $5.50 per square foot. Most commercial projects exceeding 2000 square feet of new construction could expect prices ranging from $3.25 per square foot to $4.00 per square foot, depending on total footage, condition of the slab, and finish options selected.
For a hard-copy quote on your project, call one of our representatives to review your plans. This usually takes less than ten minutes. We can confirm any necessary details with your architect, designer or builder and deliver a firm quote to your inbox the same day.
For most polished concrete projects, scheduling should be determined at least two weeks in advance. 30 days is preferable. Deposits must be received seven days prior to scheduled start date unless prior arrangements have been made. Time to completion can vary based on weather, site accessibility, available power and work performed by other trades. For residential projects which are 1200 square feet or less scheduled to start prior to framing, you should allow for 5 to 8 working days to completion. Expedited scheduling and completion times can be arranged at additional cost.
Custom samples and on-site mock-ups can be made available, but will generally require an additional week of time to complete and review, and may incur additional charges.
Selections which will need to be made prior to scheduling would include depth of cut, color and type of stain, type of densification, level of polish and type, if any, of stain repellents. Additional options are available for crack-fill, patterns, spot repairs, artwork and temporary protective coverings.
For exterior applications such as patios, porches and walkways, conventional stained concrete works extremely well and can add tremendous curb appeal to the property.
Allow us to help you determine whether the intended use of your floor would be appropriate for conventional stained concrete.