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How To Add Color To Concrete

by Minnie Larson

There are many products and techniques that can be used to add color to concrete. The best solution for your colored concrete really depends on where it is, and how you plan to use it. For example, some concrete coloring solutions involve adding a topcoat to the concrete which changes the texture, grip and water absorption of the surface. It is also possible to buy dyed cement. This means that the entire piece slab of concrete will be the same color. The advantage of this is that, if your concrete does get scratched or chip down the line, there will not be a noticeable color change to the damaged area. This article compares some of the most popular ways to add color to concrete.

Top Coat Finishes

As mentioned, colored top coat come in different forms. Top coat finishes are generally shiny and reflective. This also means that they don't absorb as much water. Many people like this because it also makes the surface much easier to clean. On the other hand, many people don't like that these finishes can make the surface slippery, especially if it gets wet. In general, top coat finishes are the best way to add bolder and brighter colors to concrete. Some products can look kind of like solid paint, so they don't really have the natural texture of cement.

Colored Cement Mixes

When you pour concrete with a colored cement mix, it usually has the same texture and feel of raw cement. That is, the color doesn't change anything about the concrete except for the color of it. This means that the finish can look way more subtle and natural. For example, if you use a dyed cement finish with a subdued earthtone color, it can add a little bit of warmth to your property, without creating an overwhelming style. Dyed concrete, with its low matte, is going to match better with wood and other subdued textures.

Clear Glazes

It is also worth mentioning that it is possible to add a clear coat on top of your concrete, regardless of which finish you choose to apply. Adding a clear gloss coat on top of your concrete will make it even more waterproof, but also more slippery. This is traditionally only done on interior floors that don't get wet.

As you can see, there are many great ways that you can add some color and class to your concrete. Contact a company, like Azzarelli Paving & Site Development, for more help.