Stained concrete looks great outdoors, it can enhance patios, pool decks, sidewalks, and driveways.
When staining concrete outdoors there is a couple of things to keep in mind. The first thing we always tell customers is that darker colors will show water marks more than if the concrete was stained using a lighter color.
Another thing to think about is the surface of the concrete that is going to be stained. Smooth surfaces tend to look really nice when the finish coat of sealer is applied, it will be nice and shiny, but like all shiny surfaces they must be kept cleaned to remain shiny. Dust and dirt will very quickly reduce the shine of the surface. We learned this the hard way, when we first started out; we applied a smooth overlay on a driveway, stained it, and sealed the surface. When we were done, the driveway looked just like the owner had wanted it too, smooth and shiny. After a couple of weeks when the leaves started to fall the shine on the driveway was gone and you could see everything.