Pouring Two Samples of Integral Colored Concrete

We decided that we wanted to have an integral color in our concrete, and not have it stained after being poured.  We prefer to have a homogeneous color and not a ‘mottled’ look, which staining often yields.  The concrete will then be ground lightly into the ‘cream’ and then polished to a high grit count.

After reviewing the Grace color chart, we narrowed the choices to either Harvest Gold or Baja Red.  We were looking for a color to match with the Madrone hardwood flooring and trim, and Jo-Anne wanted to see what a ‘brick’ color would be like.

Granite Rock was very accomodating to our request and agreed to send us two trucks, each with two cubic yards of colored concrete.  We planned to pour the concrete at the front of the house over the hollow core concrete panels under the Master Suite where the concrete will be covered with hardwood flooring.  This allowed us to test the mix design of the concrete and see how it would be with the two colors.  Then, we could make a decision on the color for the larger pour that is scheduled for Thursday.

The hollow core concrete panels are soaked with water prior to pouring the concrete. This helps the 3 inch topping bond to the hollow core concrete panels.

The hollow core concrete panels are soaked thoroughly with water prior to pouring the concrete. This helps the 3 inch topping bond to the hollow core concrete panels.

The first truck from Graniterock arrives with 2 yards of Baja Red. We are going to 'tailgate' the pour, since it is within reach of the truck.

The first truck from Graniterock arrives with 2 yards of Baja Red. We are going to ‘tailgate’ the pour, since it is within reach of the truck. 

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