If you’re looking for a way to customize your outdoor concrete patio, you’ve likely considered a variety of products, including paint, epoxy, and patio concrete stain. However, with the number of options available to you, it can be difficult to make a final decision on what is best for your concrete surface.
If you find yourself wondering how to make a decision, you should consider the benefits of each material. Let’s take a look at what these are.
Paint is perhaps the first thing that people think of when it comes to finding a way to customize a concrete surface. It’s an easy to find material and is a great option for individuals who are looking for a DIY option as opposed to hiring a concrete professional.
This is a relatively inexpensive material, which means that it is a great choice if you are on a budget. However, it is also very vulnerable to damage. It peels and flakes relatively quickly, and this timeline is hastened if you don’t ensure that the concrete surface is completely clean before it is painted.
Epoxy offers just as many colors and design options as paint does. At the same time, it is also a better alternative to paint. This is because they offer greater durability and protection.
However, keep in mind that epoxy is not as easy to apply. It is usually available in two parts when buying the mixture in hardware shops. This must be mixed properly before being applied. Due to the greater complexity when it comes to applying epoxy to concrete surfaces, it is usually recommended that you hire a concrete professional for application.
Patio concrete stain is perhaps the best choice of the three when it comes to durability. This is because patio concrete stain does not simply sit on the surface of the concrete like paint and epoxy does. Instead, it penetrates into the pores of the concrete, ensuring that the color that it imparts will not peel, chip, or flake. It will be nearly as long-lasting as the concrete surface itself.
However, keep in mind that under heavy usage, you will see some damage to the color surface. However, this will also apply to the concrete itself.
If you know that your patio will be witness to heavy usage, remember to apply concrete sealer periodically. This will help protect your concrete surface and the stain itself from damage while also providing protection from water, oil, and chemical damage as well.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that unlike paint and epoxy (which are opaque), patio concrete stain is translucent. This means that if you’re looking for a coating that can help hide damage and imperfections, this may not be the right product for you.
On the other hand, depending on the type and number of imperfections, you may feel like they add more character to your concrete surface. If this is the case, patio concrete stain is a good choice, as it will help you add depth and create tonal variations on the surface.
Choosing between paint, epoxy, and patio concrete stain is simply a matter of deciding what your budget and requirements are. If you find yourself confused or are looking for a concrete professional to help you customize your patio and other concrete surfaces, contact Xpedite Coatings at (713)365-0444 today. We are available to answer any questions that you might have and can get you started with the customization process immediately!