color of natural concrete

by shelly
(pa)

Q. I am having a new home constructed. The porches are concrete and have a nice tan/creamy color. The steps however are a gray color not at all like the porch tops. Does this indicate an inferior concrete mixture?

A. The natural color of concrete is a light gray/white color. If the color of the porches is tan/cream, then it sounds like a color was added to the concrete mix or a color was broadcast onto the surface of the concrete.

Concrete that is gray does not indicate it is inferior, that is the normal color without any coloring agent added to it.

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