With its strength, versatility and lifecycle cost advantages, concrete is the obvious solution to many building applications. But plain concrete is like an empty canvas waiting for color. Gulf Arab Crete has the widest standard and custom colors in the concrete industry. So, when it comes to coloring your world, there’s only one question that needs answering: What color will you choose?
Integral coloring admixtures are one of the simplest methods for infusing rich, uniform color into newly placed concrete floors. Integral colors are easy and economical to use because they are mixed right into the concrete before placement. Best of all, the color is permanent because it goes all the way through the floor slab.
Colored concrete combines beauty with strength producing a durable construction material. It is produced by adding mineral pigments specially designed for use in cementitious applications to the fresh concrete.
Colors can be used in many architectural concrete applications such as stamped, driveways, pavements, sidewalks, patios, vertical walls or columns. There are a range of colors available.
Advantages of colored concrete
- One of the most obvious benefits of colored concrete is that it hides stains very well. Consider the tire, dirt and oil marks left on a standard light gray concrete driveway – ugly. Now, consider how these same stains would be barely seen under the guise of a darker, mottled-color concrete. Much more attractive!
- Another advantage of coloring your concrete is that the process itself often makes the concrete more durable and stain resistant. This is a definite advantage to larger and well-used areas.
- Of course, the aesthetic properties alone make concrete a great alternative to expensive tile, stone or woodwork for inside spaces. You can mimic the beautiful textures and colors of natural materials while keeping both your installation and maintenance costs much, much lower.
- Finally, there are methods to color existing concrete installations – meaning you do not have to start over to get a completely new look. This saves a tremendous amount of time, effort and money.