Integrally colored concrete is not different or mysterious; it is simply normal concrete with a coloring agent added. Working with integrally colored concrete, therefore, requires no special tools or skills. What it does require is:

  • The use of a high-quality color-conditioning admixture
  • Cooperation between the designer, contractor, admixture supplier, and ready mix supplier
  • The use of good concreting techniques
  • Close attention to quality control

Factors that can affect concrete color include:

  • The coloring agent
  • Color variations in the cement or aggregates, especially the fine aggregates
  • Variations in the water-cement ratio
  • Concrete placing, consolidating, finishing, and texturing techniques
  • Curing methods
  • The timing of placement, finishing and curing