Stained Concrete Cost

How much does concrete staining cost?

Stained concrete cost can range from $4.00 to $5.00 per square foot for staining clean concrete floors with little or no prep work needed other than
cleaning the concrete. As the owner of Day's Concrete Floors, Inc., I do a lot of estimates for stained concrete floors throughout the year.

I'll show you what a simple estimate looks like for staining a concrete floor, what's included in the price and some common things that increase
the cost of staining a concrete floor.


There's basically two types of concrete floor stain we use, concrete acid stain and water based concrete stain. The acid stain requires a couple
more steps and usually 2 - 3 days to finish, while the water based stain can usually be applied and finished in 1 day.

The colors for concrete acid stain are mostly earth tones and the colors for water based concrete stain are more colorful, kind of what you would
find in a box of crayons. If desired, both kinds of stains can be used together to create some unique, translucent effects on a concrete floor.

What does a stained concrete floor cost?

Here's a simple stained concrete floor estimate.

Water based concrete floor stain cost: $4.00 dollars per sq. ft.

1. Protect walls, doors, etc. with tape & poly
2. Wash and clean the concrete
3. Apply one color of water-based concrete stain
4. Apply 2nd coat of same color if desired to darken
5. Apply 2 coats of water-based concrete sealer
6. Apply 4 coats of floor wax or floor finish

The water based stain, sealer, and floor wax all dry very quickly allowing this process to be completed in one day. This estimate is assuming
the concrete floor is in very good condition. I'll go over what would increase the stained concrete cost below.

Acid based concrete floor stain cost: $5.00 dollars per sq. ft.

1. Protect walls, doors, etc. with tape & poly
2. Wash and clean the concrete
3. Apply one color of acid stain - let dry 4 hours
4. Re-apply color if darker color is desired - let dry 4 hours
5. Neutralize acid with baking soda/water mixture
6. Immediately rinse floor with clean water - vacuum up water
7. Continue to rinse (3 or 4 times) until water is clean
8. Let floor dry overnight
9. Apply 2 coats of water based concrete sealer
10. Apply 4 coats of floor wax or floor finish

Like I said before, acid based concrete stains require a few more steps and more drying time to complete, that's why the cost is more than
water based staining. Concrete acid stain is more harmful to the surroundings and yourself, you really have to use the proper equipment,
wear appropriate clothing, and tape & poly off everything that might receive overspray.

Here are some things that would add to the cost of concrete floor staining:

1. Removing paint off the concrete floor
2. Removing carpet glue off the concrete floor
3. Removing sheetrock putty off the concrete floor
4. Repairing cracks in the concrete floor
5. Applying a concrete overlay to start with a new surface
6. Using multiple concrete stain colors
7. Creating unique designs with sawed patterns

These things could add anywhere from $1.00 to $5.00 dollars per square foot to the cost of staining a concrete floor. I personally go look at
every floor that I give an estimate for to make sure I give the customer an accurate quote.

I recommend you get three estimates if you decide to stain your concrete floor. Make sure the concrete staining contractor gives you a written
estimate that includes exactly what is included in the price and what isn't included. I wouldn't hire anyone that doesn't come look at your
concrete floor to measure it and see what condition the floor is in.

You want to be able to talk to the contractor, ask them questions, tell them your expectations, and feel confident they know what they are talking about. Be sure to ask for references, I usually include 3 references right on my estimates for the customer to call if they desire.

Hiring an experienced, professional contractor will ensure you get an accurate stained concrete cost.


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