Color adds a deep, complex dimension to decorative concrete projects within a backyard living space or swimming pool area. There are a variety of options for incorporating color into your project.
Acid Stains react to chemical compounds in the concrete to create colors and patterns unique to each surface. Typically variegated in rich earth tones, the acid etches the surface to become a permanent part of the concrete.
Water Based Stains
Thanks to their broad color pallet, Water Based Stains allow for creative freedom. Inherently more opaque than other stains, water based stains can be applied to new concrete pours, overlays, and even existing concrete projects.
Added into the initial concrete mixture, Integral Color imparts color throughout the mix design. These uniform colors are often used in conjunction with other color techniques.
When added to the very top layer of concrete, Color Hardeners improve the strength of the finish. Offering more dramatic color and variegation than integral colors, they are often used in conjunction with Color Releases.
Commonly used when stamping concrete, Color Releases are applied as a dry material to allow for clean impressions with stamp tools. Many applications combine Integral Color with Color Hardener and a Color Release for a rich, variegated look.