When choosing a color for your concrete project does not simply mean choosing between sienna and rust, or charcoal and slate blue. There are also options when it comes to how the color is applied; reactive stained concrete and dyed concrete. So what’s the difference?
Reactive Stained Concrete
Reactive concrete stains work with the existing chemical makeup of the concrete to produce variegated coloring throughout the surface. This coloring method typically produces a marbleized appearance to the concrete surface and provides coloring to floor surfaces. Reactive stain is a permanent color, it’s UV stable (which means in can be used indoors or out) and each application is a unique one of a kind look.
Dyes work the existing porosity of the concrete to penetrate into the surface layer of the concrete floor to color the surface. Dyes offer a more consistent and color matched look. This coloring method is very popular for interior concrete floor projects and commercial settings. This color option has a quicker install than reactive stain, getting you back on the floor sooner and it works very well when exposing aggregate in the concrete. Because it isn’t UV stable, this option is only possible for interior projects.
But don’t worry, you don’t need to be an expert. The Dancer Concrete team will work with you to determine not only the color, but also the best application to use for your space. And whether it’s a reactive stained concrete floor or a dyed concrete floor, we guarantee it will exceed your expectations!