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Durability: Long-lasting, but somewhat prone to chipping and cracking.
Maintenance: Regular resealing, especially in kennel areas to prevent urine absorption.
Your options: Various types of sealants and treatments, including alkali-and fade-resistant pigments and stain. Beware that the colors and patterns achieved with pigment dying and staining are uneven and unpredictable, so be sure you like the look.
Where to install it: Utilitarian areas, especially the kennel. Reserve stained concrete for public and reception areas; the stain doesn't stand up to the abuse it would receive in the kennel.
Tip: If you're longing for porcelain tile but your budget won't allow it, consider installing colored or stained concrete. It's less expensive and you can easily lay tile over it later when your budget allows.