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Concrete flooring is popping up in homes all over the Brookfield and Waukesha areas– and for good reason! Don’t let the name or reputation fool you; today’s concrete isn’t just for pool patios anymore. Concrete flooring can look stylish and modern enough that you may not have even realized that the sleek and elegant floors of that Pinterest-worthy dream kitchen were actually colored concrete. So how do they create those beautiful colors in a material we tend to stereotype as the epitome of dull? The team at Floor Coverings International Waukesha is happy to let you in on the secret.

Stains: One of the most popular ways to create beautiful coloring in your concrete floors is to use a stain. Stains produce a chemical reaction when they meet the concrete that results in gorgeous, permanent, hues. Choose an acid-based stain if you’re interested in one-of-a-kind flooring in either earth tones or blue/green shades. If you prefer more vibrant colors, consider a water-based stain, which offers slightly less unique results but more coloring options.

Dyes: Dyes are the go to for most projects geared towards adding color, and they can take your concrete flooring to the next level, too. One advantage dyes offer over stains is that the colors can be mixed together easily to create the perfect shade; staining offers many options, but dyes are truly customizable. Dyes can be less permanent than staining, but they’re a perfect fit for homeowners with a specific vision in mind.

Paint: Good, old-fashioned, paint isn’t our most recommended option for adding color to concrete floors, but it is a potential option. The perk to this method is its cost-effectiveness; but be careful–paint does have more drawbacks than either stains or dyes. Paint is applied at the surface level, so it won’t last as long as a dye or a stain. Paints are also, unfortunately, more likely to fade in the sun than other options.

Inspired to revitalize the look of your home and add color to your concrete floor? Our local Floor Cover International experts serve the Waukesha, Milwaukee, and Brookfield areas, and we’re proud to offer free consultations to help you plan your flooring needs. Give us a call today!

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