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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Stained Concrete-Floor Pattern

Staining Concrete floors got off to a slow start about a decade ago. This process was more often used for commercial settings such as restaurants, retail spaces, etc.  Some brave architects and designers were incorporating this look in their own homes.  Staining concrete floors was considered specialty work and not for amateurs, so this was not always feasible and if not done correctly could become very costly. Contractors became aware of the growing demand for staining concrete, some added this service and became masters in this area.  As time went on, new techniques and ideas were introduced such as, engraving and scoring techniques, stenciling, and patterns for motifs, medallions or free-hand painted designs.   This caught the attention of many homeowners and they started to look at staining concrete floors as an alternative to traditional flooring.
Just the other day I was asked to help with a project that had about 400 units.  The investors wanted to stain and pattern all the floors throughout the complex. I started to research for ideas and ran across some really cool stuff!  We have come a long way in 10 years, so if this is something you are considering, Go For It!  Just remember to use a reputable contractor, be creative and have fun!  For more ideas go to

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