You might have heard about coloured concrete. You might have been fascinated with painting the boring grey concrete with different colours to give it a more interesting look. But do you know there are different ways in which you can decorate this coloured concrete? Let us find out those ways from the article here and see why colouring your concreted space is a good idea.
Benefits of Using Coloured Concrete
Coloured concrete is primarily used for aesthetic purposes to render the space a more interesting look. However, you can also derive other benefits from it:
- It is a permanent and cost-effective solution to increase the longevity of your concrete space.
- It allows you to design it with many architectural elements and textural finishes.
- There is consistency in the way all batches of dyed concrete look.
- It is weatherproof and resistant to fading.
Ways to Design Your Coloured Concrete Driveway
When selecting the colour for your concrete, there is a range of options you can choose from. Boral Concrete offers you a range of full-depth colours which are mostly natural. Hanson Concrete offers 50 options. One can match 20 of those options to Colourbond products. Concrete Colour systems come in a range of colours along with stencils that are custom-made and predesigned. If you are a beginner at this, it may not be easy to decide which colour to choose. Therefore before colouring the driveway, consider the following:
- Check the existing colours at your home.
- Take inspiration from there. You can take help from professionals to help you with your coloured concrete driveway.
- You may consider choosing to paint your driveway with an integral colour that will look the same for years to come as the day that you painted it, no matter how harsh the weather condition it endures. The integral colour painting will save you money by providing a minimum effort.
- Know that the appearance of the concrete colours in the brochure or on the screen will be different from how it will look when painted on your driveway. To test how it will look on your driveway, get a sample product and check it under different levels of light at your home.
- You can replicate the look of different paving materials without spending on the materials and yet ensure longevity by using stamping and stencilling to add patterns to the concrete and the colour.
You can stamp your concrete floor by pouring a layer of concrete and embossing a design into it while it has not completely dried up. Stamping and embossing floors will give your concrete the look of tiles or pavers without any gaps. To stencil your concrete, you will have to lay down a stencil over an existing plain concrete area and then spray or spread the coloured concrete on top of it. After removing the stencil, the underlying plain concrete will look like grout between pavers or tiles. Combining coloured concrete with elements such as sand, blue metal, or gravel will provide different finishes and surface textures.
The usage of coloured concrete dates back to the history of ancient Egypt. Since then, it has been used for various industrial purposes, for instance, building bridges, streets, and high-rise buildings. From the 1920s to the 1940s, The professionals in the field used it to colour luxury homes and public buildings. Now that it has reached your affordability, why not use it for your home and give it a luxurious look? Without any further delay, go ahead and make way to live your life king size!