Concrete kerbing has grown significantly over recent years in both the residential and commercial space. Property owners are beginning to realize the numerous benefits that an attractive concrete kerb can have. Not only are they excellent barriers, they also add aesthetic appeal and durability to any outdoor space. When concrete kerbing is carried out with attention to shape, texture, and color, the result is added value to the property.
Adding color to a concrete kerb is one of the best ways of boosting overall appearance. There are two popular methods that are used to add color to concrete kerbing.
The Integral color method
During the integral color method, color pigments are mixed in with the concrete before it is installed on the kerb. This saves a step in the coloring process as compared to installing plain concrete and applying coloring during a later process. Integral coloring is also more durable and allows for less staining and removal of the colored surface.
After the pigment of the desired color is mixed in with the concrete, it is applied on the kerb using special application techniques. The concrete is then allowed to dry as it is applied on the kerb.
The Slurry method
The slurry method is also referred to as the kerb hardener method. As opposed to fusing the concrete mixture with the desired color pigment, the slurry method involves applying the layer of color after the kerb has been installed. The secret lies in adding the color before the concrete actually dries.
At this stage, the concrete is still wet and able to bind with various pigments to induce the desired color. The slurry that is added is often thick and sturdy, especially after the entire surface has dried.
The slurry method produces smooth colored concrete kerbing that looks great and lasts for longer periods. The surface is smooth and reflects well against the sun. This draws attention to your kerb and will have your neighbors completely envious.
The slurry method is also highly flexible, allowing property owners to select multiple colors for various areas of the premises.
A combination of both
A clever technique that is used to add color to concrete kerbing is to use a combination of both techniques. In this case, pigments of neutral colors are added to the concrete mixture at the initial stage. When the concrete kerbing is applied, the slurry method can be used to apply the final color.
The advantage of this method is that if the surface color is chipped off, the underlying concrete still maintains a colored surface. For more information, contact a local concrete contractor.