Acid Stained Concrete
One of KDA's specialties is cleaning, scoring and acid staining of concrete floors including commercial, residential, interior, and exterior. We can create almost any design you need. Some slabs that have been covered with tile or wood are in need of an overlay system for us to be able to stain it.
Please remember that no slab is the same. This is why every job that we do is unique and may not necessarily be the exact product of what you had expected. It is a process and an art.
Scoring and Staining (New Construction)
For interior new construction, please make sure that the slab is slick, hard, and power troweled. This allows us to achieve a marble-like and polished finish.
For exterior slip resistant new construction, please make sure that the concrete has a heavy rock salt finish.
Scoring and Staining (Existing / Remodel)
When you have a concrete slab that has had tile, carpet, vinyl, or linoleum, your concrete will most likely have stains and blemishes. When KDA Custom Floor Co. starts your remodel project, we will clean your floor with several different chemicals to remove as much of the glue, paint, and such. Please note that all of these stains will not come off. The remaining stains and blemishes give your floor its character and unique personality.
Please read our Remodel Awareness for more information+
KDA Custom Floor Co. specializes in installing decorative concrete on both new and old construction concrete floors. Old construction concrete floors are those in which the concrete was previously covered by some other type of flooring, such as carpet, wood, vinyl, tile, laminate, etc., or that have been left exposed for a considerable period of time, such as a patio, garage floor, etc. New construction concrete floors are those that have never been covered by any type of other flooring and were recently poured, or were poured sometime ago, but were substantially protected. We refer to installation of decorative concrete over old concrete floors as a Remodel Project.
Many customers have seen decorative concrete remodel projects and love the character created by existing surface variations in the concrete or variations in color as the stain takes to different areas of the floor. Some of the best stained floors are remodel projects. Old concrete floors add unique character and, together with the appropriate home décor, bring a room to life.
Other customers would prefer that their remodel project resemble new construction concrete. Because of existing variations in the concrete floor, it cannot! If you want your remodel project to resemble ceramic tile, then a Remodel Project is not for you!
The following types of character variations can exist in old construction concrete:
Floors that were previously carpeted will have tack-strip holes around the perimeter of the floor. KDA Custom Floor Co. can patch these holes (at an additional cost), but stain on the patches will take differently than stain on the rest of the floor which will make them stand out more.
The old floor might also have glue marks (particularly if the concrete was previously covered with vinyl flooring or carpet). Stain will take differently to these marks. It may show the pattern of the glue marks.
KDA Custom Floor Co. can remove most of the old paint that may exist on concrete floors. However, in some instances, small speckles of paint may remain on very rough spots of the floor. Our stain will take differently to those spots and may not take at all.
In addition, for floors that were previously covered with tile, most, if not all, grout lines will show through the stain after the floor is finished.
Also, on older slabs, we recommend a wax finish as opposed to a sealed finish. We find that the moisture barrier is not always sufficient on older homes. Any home can have a moisture problem with the concrete. If you choose a sealed finish and you have a moisture problem and the seal has to be removed, you will be charged to remove the seal and apply wax.
KDA Custom Floor Co. will protect baseboards and walls, but you will still need to touch up the baseboards with paint once we finish, due to our various cleaners and stain that on occasion will seep through the tape.
The slab is the finished floor!! It must be protected at all times. You may use masonite sheets or paper and tape.
• Do not tape directly to the floor!!
• Do not write on slab except with a pencil.
• Do not walk on slab until it is dry.
• Do not drag anything across the floor!!