Have you ever thought about bringing the beauty of our surrounding central coast indoors? As a local company in Paso Robles of San Luis Obispo County, we get to see the beauty of our region daily as we drive from one job site to another between Monterey and Santa Barbara Counties. But if you work in an office all day or spend a lot of your time in your home, you may have thought already tried to bring in some of the colors, materials, and textures of the central coast with plants and decorative pillows. But what about your flooring? We at Pristine Concrete consider ourselves to me more than mere concrete contractors – we’re concrete artists! And we can bring the beauty of smooth river stones, twisted vines, gnarled oak bark, and tanned rodeo leather right to your concrete using a process of concrete staining with acid.
The concrete acid stain lightly etches the concrete to let the color of the stain penetrate it. This adds color to the concrete permanently, making it a great solution to beautify high traffic areas in a home or office, or areas exposed to the elements like a pool deck. We can acid stain concrete that is already there, or add it to new concrete if you’re thinking about adding a patio, walkway, garage, or more.
For existing concrete staining, it’s important to keep in mind that the acid stain penetrates the concrete by about 1/32”, so weak concrete that is already cracking and chipping may need to be reinforced first. Also, natural color variations are normal, especially in older concrete that may have been previously stained by oil. This happens because concrete acid stains are translucent. For new concrete, it’s necessary to wait 14-28 days to let the concrete cure before staining it, but on the plus side the acid stain in new concrete tends to be more vibrant in color.
As the decorative concrete experts of the central coast, we’re proud of our designs and we welcome a challenge! We’ve created sea life, flames, tribal art with 3-dimentional shading, logos, faux granite, a police badge, faux leather… we could keep the list going, but we’d rather just show you. View our some of our favorite acid concrete staining projects below and in our gallery. We also post pictures on Facebook, so be sure to follow us there if you’re looking for more creative concrete inspiration.