Decorative concrete

4 Elements That Cause the Color on Your Decorative Concrete to Fade and How to Protect Yourself

The versatility of decorative concrete puts it head and shoulders above any other construction material.

It is durable, strong, and can be poured in straight lines or curves to blend with the existing landscaping. Finishes include everything from a soft matte up to high gloss. The coloring used in decorative concrete is a major attractant; subtle shadings to bright, bold, and vivid are available.

Typically, the color in decorative concrete comes from pigments, not dyes or stains, which makes the chosen colors stand out better and last longer. As long-lasting as these colors are, though, there are a few things that will eventually cause the color to appear worn and faded. The experts at Concrete Designs can inspect your concrete and offer solutions for whatever issues you may have.


Moisture can be a real problem if the decorative concrete or overlay is not given sufficient time to cure and thoroughly dry before applying a finish sealer. Any moisture in the concrete will cause the colors to look drab and dull.


When moisture is present in the concrete, it may cause a condition known as efflorescence. This occurs when water evaporates and leaves behind a whitish powdery deposit on the surface. These deposits are actually a salty residue. The degree of residue depends on the amount of natural salts in the water and will give the colors a dull or smoky appearance. The powdery residue is easily removed but will reoccur if the underlying issue of moisture is not resolved.

High Traffic

High traffic areas may begin to show spots that look worn. This is usually a sure sign that a fresh coat of sealant is needed. Properly applied, a coat of sealant will bring the colors back to life and make the whole area look like new. Most sealers last for up to five years but may need to be reapplied more often in traffic locations.


Weather is a factor we can’t control. Harsh UV rays in the summer, or freeze/thaw cycles in the winter will all have an effect on how your decorative concrete colors appear. The color is still there, just not as bright. Again, a fresh coat of a quality sealer will do the trick in bringing the color back to its original glory.

The best protection for your decorative concrete if you are having issues is to consult with someone who is knowledgeable and knows the area. Concrete Designs are expert at everything concrete.

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