4 Ways to Achieve Concrete Color
There are many ways to color concrete, such as staining, color hardening, dyeing, and integral pigmentation. Each of these ways gives different looks and offer various benefits and disadvantages. Below are bits and pieces of relevant information on each of these ways. Check them out and decide which among them fits your needs.
Concrete staining has been gaining popularity because it can be applied to existing or new concrete. Staining creates earth-toned and subtle colors that complement well with any décor or with the home’s natural surroundings. Stained concrete usually comes in terra cotta, brown, and tan colors.
Since staining seeps through the concrete’s surface, it produces UV-stable permanent coloration. This simply means that staining can be done for outdoor surfaces without fear of fading. The only limitation of color staining is that they look semi-transparent, meaning patchwork or existing blemishes and scratches may be easily visible.
Currently, concrete staining costs between $5 to $10 for each square foot.
Another way to achieve concrete color is through color hardening. This method is commonly used when stamping concrete. They add color intensity to the concrete surface. The good thing about color hardening is that it makes the surface wear-resistant, while also making it less vulnerable to deicing chemicals and moisture.
Most contractors stay away from this material because the application process can get extremely messy. The color hardener powder can easily turn airborne, causing damage to plants, nearby structures, and even lead to breathing problems.
Of all the concrete color methods mentioned here, concrete dyeing is the best option if you want to achieve vibrant concrete colors. Currently, homeowners can choose from blue, purple, yellow, orange, or red concrete dyes. Since this kind of dye produces strong and vivid colors, it would be best is you can ask your hired contractor to try mock-up dyeing just to make sure you get the desired dye color. This option is also popular for those who want to create detailed graphics on concrete surfaces.
For those planning to color their outdoor surfaces, dyeing is, unfortunately, not too good a choice since it’s more vulnerable to fading upon exposure to direct sunlight. Then again, if you really want to use dyes in coloring your outdoor spaces, you can ask your trusted manufacturer and ask for UV-stable options and sealers that can protect dyes in outdoor spaces.
For new and fresh pours, the only viable option is the integral coloring of concrete. Here, pigments are poured into the concrete mix before it is placed on the surface. The ratio behind this is for the color to go all the way through the concrete surface. The great thing about this method is that the color can’t chip away or get worn. It also protects the color to fade.
Presently, the colors available for integral coloring are earth tones like subtle red, gray, tan, and brown. Subtle hues of green and blue are also achievable. For those looking for eye-catching and intense colors, this is not the best choice. Most contractors opt to use these colors as a base. They add dyes, stains, or color hardeners to the concrete surface to intensify the color.
To get professional advice on the right option for your concrete surfaces, contact Contractor Source, LLC today. Their team of skilled and dedicated professionals will help you decide. What are you waiting for? Make that call now.