Should I stain concrete or color it with powder?

In installing concrete floors with color, you will be faced with two choices: stain the concrete, or color it during mixing. Each method of coloring has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on factors such as cost, ease of installation, and durability.

Concrete Coloring Selection Factors

In choosing between the two coloring methods, first decide if you want only the surface colored or if you want the color permanently set in the concrete. For surface coloring that will have attractive color patterns, but can eventually appear worn from heavy traffic, staining is the best choice. If you prefer a simple coloring method, concrete mixed with colored powder would be the best option.