News | August 27, 2018
To Dye or Not to Dye
Polished concrete is one of the most durable and aesthetically pleasing flooring options to choose from but there is an option that may be even more appealing: dyed polished concrete. The dying technique turns polished concrete floors into a work of art. Extremely fine organic pigments allow deep penetration of color for beautiful and translucent designs. With hundreds of dye colors and many that are able to be mixed together, the color options are endless.
What is Dying?
Dying and staining are very different methods and produce different outcomes for polished concrete floors. Dying allows for a more controlled color addition than staining or acid staining. The dye is composed of very fine organic pigments which can be mixed together to produce any color, color intensity, or translucency level.
There are a few key benefits to dyed polished concrete, most of which revolve around the aesthetic appearance. Dying polished concrete allows for color matching to adjacent finishes which can help unify the look of a new floor to an existing floor. Adding a logo or intricate design on the floor is a huge benefit for major corporations, municipal buildings, and really any other businesses. Adding color or design to polished concrete brings next-level beauty to any space while taking advantage of the superior durability of polished concrete.
While the benefits of dyed polished concrete can easily outweigh the negatives, there are a few things to consider when choosing to dye your polished concrete. Due to the increased labor needed to dye and design the floor, installation and material costs are higher. Dyed concrete requires a topical guard to protect the dye from UV fading and requires reapplication when the sealer has worn off. There is also a likelihood that existing imperfections in the flooring may be more pronounced when using dye on your floor. When the moisture levels are checked before installation, higher moisture may lead to a failure of the dye in the floor. Touch ups can be trickier with dyed and guarded floors than with plain polished concrete.
Whether you choose the raw beauty of polished concrete or the addition of dye, the longevity of polished concrete is nearly unbeatable. With over 10 years of extensive expertise with concrete, Royale Concrete’s services also extend to restoration, coatings, maintenance, and more. For all your concrete floor needs, call Royale Concrete or visit our website to learn more.