Colored Concrete

Simple addition of color revives concrete industry

Concrete has come a long ways in the past decade with the simple addition of color.  Businesses and residential customers can choose from over 16 color choices and no longer have to be stuck with standard gray concrete.  

Integral colored concrete enhances the beauty of your project and increases property value.  In fact, Microsoft headquarters located in Redmond, WA, used integral colored concrete exclusively in front entries for their commercial buildings.  You can find colored concrete in front of local movie theatres, shopping malls, restaurants and residential developments.  It's a nice change of scenery when your don't have to settle for gray concrete.  

Advantages To Colored Concrete

There are several advantages to ordering decorative colored concrete from the concrete company vs. broadcasting color hardener onto a gray slab.  Most stamp concrete projects have at least (2) colors involved:  a base color (color hardener or integral colored concrete) and a highlight color (also known as a release agent).

 By "broadcasting" color, it means the installer is throwing colored pigment onto gray concrete slab and troweling the pigment into the surface.  However, the color is bonding directly to the surface and lays on top of the slab -- not throughout the total thickness.  Broadcast colors can also mottle, or appear to be lighter in locations, which appeals differently to different people.  If you like a more even base color, then colored concrete is a better alternative vs. broadcasted colors.  

With integral color, the pigment is mixed within the concrete meaning the entire slab will consist of the same color.  For projects with difficult access, this allows ACDI to stamp elevated concrete decks, interior business offices, and tough - to -get - to residential slabs avoiding additional costs for scaffolding or other materials.  

Over 60% of all ACDI concrete installations involve the use of colored concrete because very few people can stand looking at bright gray concrete for a patio or driveway.  Pricing can vary from one ready mix supplier to another and you can expect to pay a small premium for the color upgrade.  However, the cost difference between gray concrete and colored concrete ranges between $20.00 - $120.00 per yard.  

Colored concrete finishes include:

Exposed Aggregate
Sandblasted (Removes trowel marks and ages surface)
Hard Trowel

Contact your local ACDI representative about integral colored concrete.

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