Here at Garage Force, we know many of you are looking at options for a garage floor finish, but maybe don’t have an entirely firm grasp on the differences between some of your options available. For instance, what is the difference between a concrete stain and concrete coating? The great news is, if you know what you’d like a garage floor finish to do performance-wise, then picking the right option for you is not all that difficult at all!

So consider exactly what it is you want. If you’re looking for purely cosmetic improvements and don’t need or don’t feel interested in protecting the floor itself, then that gives you a clear direction on how to proceed. On the other hand, your primary objective might be to provide protection to the garage floor or other concrete floor surfaces, which entirely changes the options you’d consider.

For today’s blog post, we’ll take a look at the differences between the concrete coating and a concrete stain in order to help you better understand what best fits your needs. We’re confident by the end, you’ll know which route to go. And, of course, if you have any other questions, please reach out to us today!

Concrete Stain

Let’s begin with concrete stain. What is it? A concrete stain is an affordable floor coating that is easy to apply, enhances the appearance of your garage floor or other concrete flooring and is installed in a short amount of time. However, a concrete stain offers little to no protection whatsoever for your flooring, especially in the long term. It might even shorten the lifespan of your floor. So while it’s cheap and quick, it is generally not what you’re looking for in a garage floor finish. If you think a concrete stain may work for your needs, there are two basic types:

Water-Based Acidic: This is trendy and more preferred between the two. A water-based, acidic solution concrete stain contains metallic salts, which react to the lime in the concrete to “stain” it. The coloring and gradation are permanent because they chemically alter the concrete solution.

Acrylic: An acrylic concrete stain adheres to your concrete floor like paint, yet, it actually penetrates the concrete unlike paint to create a more permanent color. There is less variation in color and character.

Both are finished with a protective sealant, which protects the color but does not serve as a concrete protector. For that, you need concrete coating instead.

Concrete Coating

This is really the only option we would recommend for most anyone who is interested in a garage floor finish because it not only enhances the appearance of the concrete floor just like a concrete stain does, but a concrete coating actually protects the floor from damage and allows it to last longer! It’s best to have concrete coating professionally installed so it’s done right and lasts. There are many different kinds of concrete coating out there from traditionally epoxy flooring to more protective options such as polyurea concrete coating, which is what we install here at Garage Force because it is 20 times stronger than epoxy and provides the absolute best performance available!

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Garage Force is your No. 1 option for concrete coating and will professionally install our concrete protector so that your garage flooring looks amazing for years and years to come. Contact us today for your free quote!