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Updated On August 20, 2021

Best Concrete Staining For Patios Pool Decks and Driveways

by Joseph Scaduto

Concrete staining can be a pain because if you don’t get the right one, it will make your concrete look old and deteriorated. If the summer is coming around and you want to reseal your patio or pool deck, it’s time to get a vibrant stain and seal that will last for several years.

Let’s get right into the best concrete stains so you can make the right decision.

Concrete finishings for concrete pool decks and patios are becoming more popular. Personalizing pools and patios are a great alternative to traditional decor. Not only do they add value to your home, but they also add color and style.

For this article, we went through the best outdoor stains and decided to bring them to you just in time for summer.

Read more to find out which products we tested and found were the best stains for your pool deck, driveway or patio pavers.

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Outdoor Concrete Stain & Sealing Questions

There are a variety of stains you can choose from for your concrete pool decks, patios and driveway. The three most popular ideas for your home are antiquing concrete stain, penetrating concrete stain, and stencil staining using acid staining. Antiquing concrete stain is a finishing technique that gives colored concrete an older feel and it uses spray-on, quick-drying stains with a multitude of colors to choose from. The penetrating stain is a weather-resistant stain that gives natural stone vibrant, deep colors. For concrete pool deck decor, you can use acid-based stain color in conjunction with stencil to create personalized touches for your home. Then you have to consider if you want to seal the concrete after you have stained it.

If you are thinking about staining and sealing your concrete or pavers yourself, make sure you have the right type of stain. It is possible to DIY! In fact, applying a stain yourself can be an inexpensive way to save money- contractors will charge anywhere from $10-$25 per square ft for this service.

  • Can you stain the concrete pool deck?

    If you are thinking about staining and sealing your concrete or pavers yourself, make sure you have the right type of stain. It is possible to DIY! In fact, applying a stain yourself can be an inexpensive way to save money- contractors will charge anywhere from $10-$25 per square ft for this service.

  • Should I paint or stain my pool deck?

    There are many things to consider before you decide to paint or stain your pool deck; the porosity, the coat as well as the longevity of paints or stains. Both paint and concrete stains create beautiful variations of colored concrete but have distinct differences. Paint coats the top of the concrete making the paint susceptible to wear and tear whereas stained concrete is absorptive leaving your pool deck flawless for a longer period of time. The advantage of using paints is that it can be an inexpensive DIY contest with the family and you don’t have to outsource help. Wear and tear of the paint can be eliminated by using a concrete sealer over a stain instead of paint.








    Overall painting or staining concrete depends on what type of decorative concrete color you are looking for. Before embarking on this venture, look for trial kits design ideas that can give you a sense of what your perfect scenario and color should look like.

  • What's the difference between a water based stain and an acid stain?

    There are two types of concrete stain: acid-based and water-based. Each type of stain provides a benefit to home owners through easier application or more variety when it comes to decorative concrete ideas for concrete, patios and pool decks. Acid stains concrete create an effect that enhances the existing colors patterns and textures of concrete where as waterbased stains can be multiple colors.

    Acid stains will require an extra step of cleaning and neutralizing after 24 hours before the concrete is dry, while water-based stain requires no additional steps. Sealers can be installed one day after application on both types of the staining material.

    Water-based stains do not require any post-care procedure whereas acid-stained floors may need some special attention to ensure a quality sealant goes down well over time without compromising the integrity or look that you desire for your flooring surface.

  • What is a cool deck (kool deck)?

    Some people might think a “cool deck” is just some word that sounds good, but when you really stop and take the time to look into what it actually means; cool decks are so much more than your average pool surface. When we talk about the coolest surfaces for pools around here, there’s Pool Cool Deck coating which resists heat. However, this isn’t all too difficult of an ordeal because if you know how big your concrete will be then everything else can get done accordingly without any problems!  Kool Deck spray-on products work well due to their reasonable price and versatility in different types of material aside from being relatively cost affective.

Personalizing your pool deck and patios is a great way to add color and style to your home. If you need any more advice on concrete pool decks and patio staining please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can also call us (Floorshields) for more information.

Joseph Scaduto

Joseph is a professional floor installer that has been in the resinous and epoxy industry for many years. Joe was certified to install epoxy floors by xtreme polishing systems in Florida and runs infinity epoxy floors in long island.
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