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Old 12-30-2013, 08:02 PM   #1
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Adding color to your concrete

We poured the first phase of three today (Phase 1 = 2400 sq ft) I knew we would use 31-35 yards of concrete at $91/yd. We also knew we would add color so that would be an additional cost. I knew adding color was "alot" more but in this particular part of our building we wanted color. The final concrete poured was 35 yards. The final bill was $7,200.00. (Not including labor) It's a good thing they didn't tell me the cost for the color because I would not have chosen for color! That being said I am glad I did it. It's awesome! Yes, my bad for not asking, but who ever would have thought!!
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:29 PM   #2
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Looks Great!!!! Cost here for concrete in Maryland is around $120 yard.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:05 PM   #3
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When I worked for the WA DOT (before I retired in 1998 after 30 years) I inspected hundreds of yards of both imprinted and colored mud. Never looked at the unit (bid price) though.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:32 AM   #4
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I work part time delivering concrete. Alot of the trend now for driveways and walkways and patios is colored concrete ans then they stamp in a pattern. It is expensive but the result is awesome. After all you have to look at it for a long time so why not enjoy.
Yours looks great.
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Looks fantastic. As long as your happy with it then it was worth the cost.
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Is that a heated floor?
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11 degrees here today and no heat in the building yet so my buddy and I put the heat tubes on top of the concrete and covered with visqueen. The heater operates on a diesel generator and boiler and will heat the tubes up (I believe 80 degrees) This should help the concrete cure properly without having to run portable heaters in the building. Tomorrow we cut expansion joints. After about three weeks I am having the floors burnished so it creates a mirror and skid free finish. This finish will require no maintenance except cleaning! I'll post pictures of the finished product. Here's a picture of a couple of floors he just did...

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Heat for top of concrete while curing...
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I had my driveway totally redone colored and stamped looks good now I have another honey do keeping it sealed and shiney.
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The only thing bad about stamped concrete is it can be very slippery when wet. Depending on the pattern that is. You can coat it with a product called shark grip. My son stamped his driveway and it looks fantastic. He coated it with the shark grip stuff and it is not so slippery now.
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When it was time for my floor I asked about making it dark gray it was going to cost more to tint it than the cost of the concrete. I went natural.
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When it was time for my floor I asked about making it dark gray it was going to cost more to tint it than the cost of the concrete. I went natural.

When I had my concrete tinted it added about 10% to the cost. All that is done is the needed number of bags of color powder is tossed into the ready mix truck at the concrete yard. It mixes in while on the way to you.

Even my local u tote it small batch trailer via the local equipment rental has the powder available. I bought it and used it with a concrete topper I mixed in a rented power mixer used on my rear patio.
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