Integral Color Concrete
One of the most popular methods for coloring the newly laid concrete is the blend of integral dye. These compounds bring cement with a rich and lasting color and constantly fade. Concrete companies often use this dyeing medium to create a background to contrast accentuated colors, as pigmented detachment agents and dyes. This color stratification allows them to reproduce the varied and multi-layered appearance of natural stone in such a precise way.
For integral concrete, coloring of entire batch of concrete is done , just like adding food coloring to the cake’s icing. The full colors are available in powder, granular and liquid form. All types are typically a mixture of synthetic or natural iron oxide pigments formulated to distribute evenly mixed with fresh concrete, both in the precast concrete plant and in the workplace. The series of integral colors consists mostly of soft tones that blend well with most land topography and building framework.
Where to use Integral Color ?
The integral pigments can be added to almost any type of new concrete. The most common applications include exterior works, floors, walls and countertops. The integrated color is ideal for obtaining uniform color shades without variations. It is also suitable as a contrast base color for the creation of color layers. For example, concrete companies often start with monochromatic concrete and then reinforce it with hardeners, stains and other surface treatments. Inside, the integral paint is a good alternative to the agitation of color hardeners when disorder and cleanliness play a role.
Before pouring, adding color pigments with the concrete mix is important. The pigments color the concrete, so that the color remains the same, even if it is worn.
The integral color is a mixture of synthetic iron oxide pigment and surfactants or wetting agents. The integral color is in three forms, powder, liquid and granules. The most common types are powder and liquid.
The advantage of integral color is the speed of placement and the color that we see throughout the concrete. When introducing integral color concrete, pay attention to the amount of water used. Adding pigment to the final mixing plant is also preferable . Thus, the contractor can commence the texture or stamping process earlier in comparison to other processes. Integral colored concrete also minimizes the chances of cracking and crusting on the concrete surface.