A lot of people believe that the Romans invented concrete, but it was actually Nabataean traders over 8,500 years ago!
The best concrete products for your current job might not be the best products for your next or previous jobs. Every job has different requirements, and that means different product mixtures.
How can you make sure that your products are high-quality and meet the requirements of the job? Keep reading to learn more.

Color Additives

If you thought adding color to concrete only to make it look pretty, you’d be wrong. Integral color products can affect the LEED points and rating of a structure.

How? Integral color products, especially reflective pigments, change solar reflectance indices and therefore how a building captures and retains heat. In some situations, you might want to capture heat and in others, you might want to reflect it.

Architects may also call for certain colors in exterior faces though. We recommend the Soloman QuickColor Granular system. Color matching has never been simpler and neither has pricing your project, thanks to fixed pricing.

Although integrated coloring is the most popular form of coloring concrete, there are other options as well, like stains and dyes.

Concrete Stains and Dyes

Concrete stains and dyes are two different methods of achieving patinas, marbling, or other unique appearances. This makes them different from the printed tiles you often see.

Dyes

Dyes produce a slightly translucent appearance to your concrete by having coloring agents penetrate the porous surface. They accomplish this in a water-based or solvent-based formula.

Dyes have a wide color range and tend to be more predictable than stains. They also tend to be more uniform, resembling integrated color. One of the bonuses of dyes, stains, and the integrated color is that the color won’t chip, peel, or wear away.

Stains

Stains, on the other hand, do react with minerals in the concrete to form unique patterns. It’s less forgiving than dyeing as well. Where a stain will bond with the minerals in the concrete’s surface, dyes fill the pores within concrete.

Acid-based stains are corrosive and require eye and skin protection at all times. Proper ventilation is always essential, so it isn’t preferred or possible in some situations or places. In those situations, you can use water-based stains or dyes.

Regardless of which stain you use, you should use a sealer afterward.

Concrete Sealers

Before sealing, remove any residues from the acid-staining process using ammonia, baking soda, or T.S.P. For indoor surfaces, there are water-based polyurethane concrete floor sealers and solvent-based ones. Clear or colored sealants can also be used.

As well, there are outdoor-use sealers, and it should be rated to withstand to the North and South Carolina freeze and thaw cycles. Outdoor sealer and indoor sealer are two different beasts, and it’s important to use the right one in the right situation.

Concrete sealers come in clear or colored options and often contain acrylics.

Now You Know: The Best Concrete Products

This isn’t the most expansive guide on choosing concrete products. It is, though, a good introduction to choosing the best concrete products for your job. There are hundreds of products in the stain, dye, sealer, and coloring range.

Knowing the general uses, strengths, and weaknesses of the products make you all the more sure you’re choosing the right one for your project.

Now that you know how to choose the best product for your job, make sure you have the best concrete products you can get in North Carolina and South Carolina, along with the best tools and training for your crew.

Get in touch with Turning Point Supply today!