Are you staining your concrete floors, and don’t know whether to use a gloss or matte finish sealer? There are a few things you should consider when selecting the shine level of the sealer:
The first thing you should consider is how much maintenance do you want to do on the stained concrete floors. If you decide to have a gloss finish, the floors will dim down over time and will require to re-wax the floors to bring it to the same gloss level. Stained concrete with a gloss finish sealer will look great once you put it down, but if there are going to be dogs running on the floor the shiny surface will show scratches easier than a matte finish.
The other thing you should consider is the design of the house, matte finish sealer will provide a warmer feeling to the house. This type of finish gives a more natural look to the stained concrete floor than the gloss finish sealer.
You can have stained concrete floors on a second story of a house, even if it has wood subfloors. The process consists of laying building paper, nailing metal lath, filling the metal lath with a repair mortar, apply modified-polymer overlay, acid staining, and sealing.
The modified-polymer overlay will actually bend and give some without cracking; since the cement is mixed with a polymer, which is like a liquid rubber. The weight of the total process is not anymore than laying tile on the second floor. The total thickness is about 1/4 of an inch.
Below are photos of the process taken to complete this job.
Wood Floor Before Overlay
Building Paper & Metal Lath On Floor
Repair Mortar Placed In Metal Lath
Overlayed & Acid Stained
The most important part of a concrete staining project is prepping the floor; since the concrete stain is transparent any paint or glue left on the floor will show thru and typically do not add beauty to the concrete floor. If the floor is nice and clean you are more than half way from creating wonderful looking stained concrete floors.
Just like every other flooring, stained concrete floors need to be maintained. They should be able to last 10 – 20 years with the proper maintenance.
Daily and weekly maintenance should include dust mopping the stained floors removing any small pieces of dirt that has the capabilities of scratching the sealer protecting the stained floors. You should also wet mop the floors with a ph-neutral detergent to remove any caked on dirt.
The sealer protecting the stained floors will eventually wear away due the traffic eroding the sealer away. The good news is that in interior areas their can be a wax applied on top of the sealer. The wax is a very easy and cost effective way of protecting the sealer from wearing away. Waxing should be done at least once a year possibly more if it is in a commercial area.
Waxing the stained floors is not a hard task it is just like getting your carpets clean every so often. The large pieces of furniture do not need to be removed from the areas that need to be re-waxed, just small items with legs such as chairs.
For more information visit us at MVL Concrete.