COLOURING CONCRETE AND OTHER CONCRETE FLOORING OPTIONS
Make a Statement with your Concrete Flooring Options
No matter what appearance or surface profile is required, there’s a concrete treatment that can provide it.
In the last several years, concrete has been increasingly chosen for all types of finished flooring. Whether it’s for a high-end supermarket, an upscale boutique shop, or even an artsy residence, designers, architects, and homeowners are realizing the benefits of concrete over other materials. Concrete is long-wearing, infinitely customizable, low maintenance, and relatively inexpensive. Also, because concrete is a green building material, environmentally conscious consumers like using it. Below are a few options for your customers.
1. INTEGRALLY COLOURED CONCRETE: THE ULTIMATE IN FAST-FINISHED FLOORING
Looking for a little more than the plain, hard-trowelled grey surface we’ve known for years.
The simple addition of integral colour provides a surface that is identical in terms of placement, wear, and upkeep, but yields an entirely different appearance. For a tiny fraction of the cost of other flooring options, a trowelled, coloured concrete floor offers a unique appeal that is beautiful to behold.
When the concrete is placed and finished, the immediately resulting surface is the final floor. This makes integral colour the ultimate in fast-track flooring.
Best of all, the colour will endure despite the floor’s exposure to wear and tear. The disadvantage to integral colouring is that the entire slab is coloured, even if some of it will be hidden by other flooring materials later. Depending on the size of the slab, this could significantly raise the project’s concrete budget.
2. DRY SHAKE COLOURING: MORE CONTROL PLUS HARDENING
During the installation process one of the wide range of colours of DRY SHAKE power can be applied [by machine or hand] and trowelled in.
In addition to attractive and controllable colouring the inbuilt hardeners will also increase surface strength against bth impact & abrasion.
Adseal colour hardeners are one of the very few to have been independently tested to a standard suitable for commercial and industrial use and offer excellent value
3. STAINED OR DYED CONCRETE: A LESS COSTLY OPTION
If you are looking for something unique, stains and dyes can transform ordinary grey concrete into something spectacular.
Stains and dyes are economical because they allow for certain areas of a floor to be coloured while leaving the rest grey. They also offer extremely vivid colours, such as blues, greens, yellows, and reds that either may not be available or may be too expensive when using integral colour or dry-shake. But downsides to stains and dyes are that the floor must generally be cured before application and well-protected both before and after the colourant is applied. Protection during the building process can sometimes cause logistical problems.
Protecting with a coat of maintainable sealer is advisable.
4. POLISHED CONCRETE: LOW MAINTENANCE AND HIGH-END LOOK
Polished concrete is ideal for high-end flooring and produces a smooth, dense surface.
Cleaning and maintenance is simplified, and light is reflected to greatly enhance the brightness of the area.
Polishing can also be used in conjunction with integral colouring, stains, dyes, and stencils to create interesting designs. It can be done to newly cured concrete, very old concrete, or as a polished overlay on worn or damaged concrete.
Supermarkets, restaurants, shopping malls, airports, and international stores have all opted for polished concrete as a less costly and easily maintainable way to enhance their properties’ appearance.
5. STAMPED OR STENCILED CONCRETE: FOR AN OLD WORLD FEEL
If smoothness of the floor is not an issue, then printed stamped concrete can make a bold statement. These processes can mimic the look of hand-laid stones, tile, brick, or even wood planking, but are much more affordable than the real thing. Also, stamped concrete is easier to maintain.
Stamped textures and surface profiles can range from relatively smooth to rough and aggressive. Stamping or stencilling can be done as the concrete is being placed and finished, or as an overlay over existing concrete. Many car showrooms, indoor pools, themed bars and restaurants use stamped or stencilled concrete to cr