PAINTING YOUR CONCRETE PATIO CAN ADD MAJOR OUTDOOR APPEAL TO BUYERS!
A major pro of paints is that they come in many different colors, not just natural tints, so you can completely customize your outdoor flooring. While sealers mainly darken a concrete patio's appearance and paints turn the surface completely opaque, stains offer a middle ground with a variety of colorful tones and textures dependent upon application. They come in two types: acid-based chemical and water-based acrylic. Both will permanently apply color to your concrete patio. Choose a fun design or just add a color for a clean new look!
An acid-based stain etches the surface of the concrete, allowing the color to penetrate so it won't fade or chip, according to The Concrete Network. These stains are limited to a color palette of earth tones, like browns, terracotta and pastel blue-green. Water-based acid stains will also permanently bond to concrete, but are available in a wider variety of colors, from black to translucent shades.
Generally, acid stains are a multi-step process and more complex than applying a sealer or paint. When paired with concrete dyes, almost any color or pattern you desire is achievable, turning your concrete patio into artwork. Dyes, which are not chemically reactive but still seep permanently into the concrete's pores, dry quicker than an acid-stain and take less clean-up. Because of this, careful application is required.
Note that one major drawback to stains is that they won't hide existing imperfections in your concrete, such as cracks. They should also be applied to clean surfaces because any existing sealers, grease or dirt on your concrete will make for a patchy application. After stains are applied, they must be sealed for further protection. Often, a sealer must be reapplied every few years for long-term color maintenance.
This is another way to add value to your home!