Once you install a concrete deck or patio, it can stay for years before it starts showing signs of aging. If you don’t need to remove the concrete and construct a new one, giving it a new look through staining can be an ideal alternative. To achieve the best results out the staining job, hiring a concrete contractor is a better option. Depending on the size of the task, concrete staining may take a few minutes to hours to get it completed. A reliable contractor has qualified technicians with the right tools to handle the staining job.
Here Are The Basics Of Concrete Staining
Choice of Color
A concrete contractor will use the color chart to let you choose what you want. Most staining is done using opaque colors to hide the cracks and other marks completely. However, the contractor will do a test on a small portion to show you the result. This is essential to avoid unwelcoming outcome after staining the entire deck or patio. In case you are doing the job on your own, it is advisable to make use of the manufacturer’s color chart and instructions.
The concrete surface (deck or patio) should be prepared by removing all objects such as furniture. Use a broom and hose to get rid of all loose residues and particles from the concrete. Also, you can scrape the surface to remove the stuck particles to ensure the surface is thoroughly cleaned. Once the cleaning job is done, allow it to dry for about 24 hours before staining.
A concrete contractor knows all the required tools to start using a stain. In case you are doing it, pour the stain into a paint pan. Use the paintbrush to apply the stain along the perimeter of the concrete deck, ensuring all seams are taken care of. Once the edge is used, apply the stain to the rest of the surface within the perimeter using the pad. You can use seams to divide the area into sections, and then work on every section at a time. Ensure the blending is perfect by comparing every part, providing the results will not have too much different based on the level of stain darkness.
Replace The Furniture
Once you have finished staining the entire concrete, it will be dry to touch after about 4 hours. However, it is advisable to allow the stain to dry completely before replacing the furniture. This is because you can scratch off the stain if a chair is dragged over it. Therefore, allow the stain to dry for 24 hours before placing furniture.
Lastly, staining is usually done during cloudy days so that you can achieve best results. Your contractor will advise on the best time to do it, but still, you can provide shade if the concrete is not too extensive. However, if done in the sun, you will not be able to blend appropriately because the stain will dry faster.