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Everything You Need to Know about Concrete Staining: An Interview with Nick Dancer of Dancer Concrete + Design

By Nick Dancer

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Our company, Dancer Concrete Design, protects, enhances, and refinishes concrete floors in homes. In 2007 the company started by making custom architectural elements from concrete and transformed into designing and installing stained concrete floors, polished concrete, and resinous floor coatings. We are located in downtown Fort Wayne and we serve clients throughout Michigan. Our completed projects can be seen in cities such as New Buffalo, Coldwater and Sturgis.

What are the top reasons homeowners decide to get new flooring designs or styles?

One of the main reasons we see clients choose to stain concrete is for the unique characteristics concrete brings to a floor. All floor coverings hide the underlying surface. Instead of covering the floor we choose to embrace the unique characteristics of concrete and add color through staining. Many people also choose stained concrete as a healthy and low-maintenance solution for basement floors. Our installed floors will not be damaged from a moist basement or if the basement would ever take on water our floors will remain undamaged.

What is concrete staining and how long does it take for this process to be done?

Our concrete staining process will have a direct correlation with the condition of the existing concrete surface. For many projects we will use a concrete polisher to hone and polish the surface to remove any surface contamination such as carpet glue, concrete sealer or paint. We will move progressively through a diamond polishing process. Once the floor is smooth and free of debris and scratches we will stain the floor.

Reactive concrete staining, one of the most popular options for residential spaces, are applied to the concrete with a spraying and brushing process. Reactive concrete stains not only penetrate the concrete, similar to a wood stain, they also react with the chemical composition of the concrete to create permanent mottling type effects. After the staining process we seal the concrete with a concrete densifier and stain guard to protect the surface.

What are the advantages people will get from concrete staining?

When someone chooses to use stained concrete as the finished floor they get a one-of-a-kind floor. They get to repurpose their existing surface rather than bring in more material. They also have one of the most durable surfaces you can install in a home. The floor is stain resistant, scratch resistant and should last a lifetime.

How do homeowners maintain their concrete stained floors?

Our stained concrete floors are typically finished with a polishing process. This process makes for an easy to maintain and one of the longest lasting floors you can have. Maintenance is handled in a similar way to all hard surface floors. We recommend a wet mopping with a neutral cleaner.

One of the nicest things about polished concrete floors is if after a few years the floor has some dings and small surface scratches, it can be re-burnished and the entire floor will look brand new again. The homeowner can easily handle this or we can come and revitalize the floor usually within a half day.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to install concrete stained floors but with a limited budget?

    Concrete floors can range in price from $4.00 per sq. ft. - $12.00 per sq. ft. in residential spaces. There are many factors such as concrete condition, size of space and finish options. We can evaluate a space through pictures of the space or an on-site consultation. If planning to do stained concrete floors here is a list of tips to keep the price the most affordable:
  • Work with your concrete floor finisher at the beginning of the project to help plan and budget.
  • Have stained concrete completed before interior walls or before drywall.
  • Remove the current flooring.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

We can be reached in several ways, our website dancerconcrete.com, phone at 260-748-2252, email at create@dancercocnrete.com, or check us out on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dancerconcrete.

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Nick began his work with concrete right out of high school working a summer job...

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