Integral Color and Color Hardener Buyer's Guide
Weighing the Options: Cost vs Labor Savings, Desired Color Effects, Creating Samples, and More
Understanding Colored Concrete: Common Problems, Why They Occur, and How to Avoid and Fix Them
Two popular methods for coloring fresh poured concrete are integral coloring admixtures and dry-shake color hardeners. The rich, long-lsating, fade-resistant color they impart is one of their biggest selling points. In addition, color hardeners can even improve the surface hardness and durability of concrete.
So which is the best method to use to take your next project from bland to color? Here's a primer on the differences between integral color and shake-on color hardener and some of the advantages and limitations of each. We also give you tips for buying and using these products as well as pointers for achieving consistent color.
Author Anne Balogh, ConcreteNetwork.com Columnist and Senior Editor of Concrete Network Magazine