Vibrant and Alive: Colored Polished Concrete

by Mikkan Drane

There are a number of ways on how you could provide color to your concrete polished slab. This ranges from the addition of a colored pigment on to the concrete mix or topping, to the application of chemical or acid stains, dyes, or tints to the surface. These coloring choices, add in a design pattern could really create a wonderful end concrete polished result.

The color pigmentation option used to be the most common application used popularly before. Its process includes mixing the pigment to the thickness of the concrete and its topping layer. This is often used in conjunction with the honing process except that during honing, the pigment quantity needs to be lesser than when it is used on normal mixing. Pigmented colors are available in powder, liquid and granule form.

Color pigmentation works when these ultra fine pigment particles which are fine solids, disperse throughout the matrix of the concrete. It is featured in the dry shake feature and can be applied as a cement and sand hand cast onto the pre-hardened concrete surface. The process where the color comes off is through a monolithic topping formation.

The chemical staining, more commonly known as the concrete acid staining, is lately becoming more popular than the pigmenting option. The material or component in this option includes metallic salts mixed with a slightly acidic, water based solution. The acid is responsible in opening up the dense concrete surface, which allows the metallic salts to seep into the slab and react with the hydrated lime found in concretes compounds.

The dyes and tints for concrete polish coloring are a bit off with what we would normally imagine about it. Unlike tie dyed cloths, the effects of dyes and tints on concrete polished floor are actually more opaqued and usually remains on the surface of the concrete. This quality makes controlling the coloring compound very easy to handle, thus achieving the desired design and flow becomes trouble free. Its colors are more vibrant than the rest of the coloring solutions mentioned.

Painting or surface coating the concrete polished floor is probably the simplest concrete coloring method offered for the process. In this option, the contractor is only required to paint over the concrete slab’s surface after it had been sealed with a sealer completely. The output of your concrete polished floor will all come down to how well you can maximize the different methods given as suggestions.

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