The many ways to color concrete range from simply covering the surface with paint to coloring the entire placement (integral coloring) using pigments and special aggregates. Color effects can work two ways: they can mask surface blemishes or accent special features. Coloring materials and methods include:

  • Integral color through use of pigments, color admixtures, or colored cement
  • Integral color through use of color-controlled sand and coarse aggregate
  • Surface color through various methods of exposing aggregate in integrally colored or conventional concrete
  • Surface color with dry-shake color toppings
  • Surface color with penetrating stains
  • Surface color with opaque paints and other barrier coatings