There are alternatives to your dull, aging concrete. Concrete coatings can add instant color, gloss, protection and appeal to your otherwise boring gray slab. There are several coatings to choose from with different benefits to consider. Depending on your budget, personal taste, and aesthetic goals, our experts can offer you a variety of options. Your AAA Action Painting Representative can discuss the best solutions for your unique situation.
Painting is usually the least expensive option for concrete coatings and adds instant color and a dramatic impact to your driveway, garage, walkways, patios and basement floors. This method provides a broad spectrum of bold color choices while stains offer a more subtle look that lasts longer. Painted concrete may chip or peel over time and repainting should be expected in the future.
Staining offers a more permanent solution to the issue of plain, gray concrete surfaces. This method is more expensive than painting because it is more labor intensive in preparing the surface to accept the stain. However, lower maintenance usually makes staining a good value compared to painting techniques. Stains, like paint, can be applied with a slip-resistant additive. They come in a variety of subtle colors in an earth-tone palette.
The choice of paint vs. stain will depend on the look you want, the maintenance you are willing to perform, and your budget.
Sealers, sometimes referred to as clear coats, help protect against color changes, fading, and untimely wear. Sealers also help resist stains by providing a barrier against stains penetrating the porous surface of concrete. Sealing is typically more expensive than stains due to the multi-step process but less than an epoxy coating.
Epoxy coatings have gained popularity in the last decade. They provide a cost-effective way to cover unsightly, faded or stained concrete in garages, walks, drives, patios and basements. Epoxy coatings resist shrinking and come in a variety of colors. They are slick when wet but a slip-resistant additive is available. Epoxy coatings can turn your garage floor into an extension of your living area, adding color, hiding imperfections, and improving wear resistance. A concrete coating is one of the most economical and aesthetically pleasing ways to enhance a plain concrete surface. Epoxy increases resiliency to stains and tire marks and is easy to clean. It also requires very low maintenance. Epoxy may be best suited for interior and covered exterior areas.