If you’re looking to finish a concrete floor, you have a lot of options available to you. For those who want to add a little shine and color (as well as varying degrees of protection), two of the most popular treatments are staining and epoxy coatings.

Occasionally, you may hear someone use these terms interchangeably. That’s a great way to spot an amateur. Though their end products can look similar, these are two completely separate application methods that use different tools and materials to create unique finishes.

Concrete Staining

Concrete staining involves a chemical compound that penetrates the top surface of the concrete, “staining” it with a desired color. Stains can be mixed and patterned to create unique, vibrant finishes. Once the stain is applied and dries, a protective coating is typically added to seal in the color and create a glossy finish.

While this coating will help the floor keep its color and block against some spills and liquids, It’s not made to hold up against excessive wear and traffic. Stained floors need to be touched up periodically to keep them at their optimal appearance.

Epoxy Coating

Epoxy coatings combine a resin with a hardener to form a protective, semi-glossy layer across your concrete floor. The compound is able to fill cracks and lines and smooth rough spots to create a near seamless end product.

Epoxy coatings can also be mixed with colors and reflective coatings to form beautiful designs and finishes. They can even be used to mimic other materials like stone or marble.

In addition to improving appearance and texture, epoxy coatings create a strong, protective surface for your concrete floor. These finishes are water, chemical, and slip resistant. They also help your concrete floor to last longer.

Which is Right for Me?

While Epoxy coatings are generally the superior choice, the best option for you depends on your situation. Concrete stain can offer a very cost-effective solution for many people. The best way to decide is to talk to a pro.

Whether you’re in need of residential or commercial concrete work in Ohio, contact us today for a quote or to simply discuss your options.