Contractor’s Guide to Colored Concrete
Change the Color of Concrete and Earn More
Contractors who place and finish colored concrete
typically earn more per square foot than contractors who
place and finish plain gray. This guide is designed to
provide you with the helpful tips you need to produce
quality colored concrete and start earning more today.
concrete supplier is now using a liquid pigment
dosing system provided by Grace Construction
Products. This fully automated system accurately
doses liquid pigments directly into the ready-mix
truck for consistent color, load after load. This
new system produces a range of hues as it blends
four pigments to provide you with any color, any
time, no waiting.
can now work with your customer to choose a color by
name from the color selector brochure and the
colored concrete sample kit. You can also create a
custom color with a representative from your
Always refer to a sample created with local
materials to ensure color of the final product meets
the customer’s expectations.
Set Expectations at the Beginning
is made from naturally occurring materials. As with
stone, concrete colored or uncolored has variation. It
is important to plan for variation from the beginning.
Patterns from stamping, brooming or exposed aggregate
can diffuse light and minimize variations in the final
product. Educate your customer about textures by
visiting similar jobs in the area, preferably ones that
you have already finished.
project photographs also provides an excellent
opportunity to discuss expectations, promote your
services and additional finishing options. Remember, on
large or complex jobs always create a mock-up for
customer approval before beginning the project.
The Golden Rule: Consistency – Consistency – Consistency
Consistency is the rule for colored concrete. Plan the
process in advance to ensure a consistent quality
product. Consistency with producing, placing, and
finishing of the concrete will enhance the quality and
look of the final project.