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Comparing Glazed And Tinted Concrete Finishes

by Kyle Carpenter

Adding color to your concrete foundation can it look a lot better. Even a very subtle, neutral color tint can add warmth and style to the surface. There are quite a few ways you can add color and texture to a concrete surface. This article looks at some of the best ways to add color to concrete that is already poured and dried.

Clean Your Foundation First

First of all, it is important to  thoroughly clean your concrete before adding any finish to it. Whether you are going to add a tint or glaze finish, you want the concrete to be as clean as possible so the color will absorb evenly and you'll end up with a more consistent finish. Using a pressure washer is the best way to clean concrete and removed dirt deep within the pores.

Tinted Concrete Finishes

Tinted finishes are the cheapest and easiest way to add color to existing concrete. Basically, they come in liquid form and they can be poured directly on to the concrete. A tint will basically dye the concrete pores, giving them a subtle color. It will not alter the texture of the surface or make your concrete any more waterproof.

Glazed Concrete Finishes

One of the biggest perks of glazed finishes is that they can make your concrete more water resistant and add a smoother texture to your surface. That is, a glaze finish is going to be more comfortable to walk on with bare feet. It is also worth mentioning that a glaze finish can be slippery when wet, so you need to think about this. If you have a steep driveway, and live somewhere rainy, a glazed finish can be dangerous. The actual labor required to apply glazed finishes is very simple. It basically needs to be poured on to the concrete and spread around evenly.

Apply a Tint and a Glaze

Most people will either apply a glaze or tint finish. However, you cannot apply both. For instance, you could tint your concrete a certain color, and then add a clear glaze on top of it.This is great if you can't find a glaze color that you like as much as one of the available tint colors.

Adding color to your concrete can be a great DIY project for homeowners who want to save more money on the project. The labor is not tiring and the supplies are accessible. For more information, contact a local foundation repair expert.