Project Focus

Victoria on the river – Hamilton

Permacolour is proud to be associated with the Victoria on the River project in Hamilton which opened to the public at the beginning of February 2018.

This new public space in the Hamilton City Centre is a terraced recreation space that connects the city with the Waikato river, providing a place to relax with friends or co-workers or for a lunch break with a view.

Auckland based AECOM architects specified a Rocksalt finish in 4% dosed black concrete and sealed with Permacolour concrete sealer.

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Colourmix precast paneling

Colourmix precast panelling

Permacolour’s Colourmix is a versatile colouring system suited for both residential, commercial and manufacture applications.  Colourmix is of top quality, UV Stable and cost-effective. Colouring concrete at the time of pouring is still the most cost-effective way of achieving the coloured concrete look. Below we take a look at some of the many uses of colouring and the sectors in which it is used.

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As they say, the kitchen is the heart of the home and an integral part of any kitchen is the benchtop, which needs to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Choosing a finish can be a daunting process as there is a range of options on the market to create your concrete benchtop.

Permacolour has a  versatile range of products suited to create stunning concrete benchtops, as well as a range of sealers to provide the ultimate protection, ensuring the surface is protected and easily cleanable. For sealing benchtops it is important to select a sealer that is resistant to heat and chemicals and that is food grade safe. Other considerations will include the finished appearance of the sealer as well as the gloss factor.Continue reading

Industry Information

Will my concrete crack?

One of the most common questions asked when it comes to decorative concrete finishes is “Will it crack?”. The simple answer is yes,  hairline cracking is normal and should be expected. Having said this it is not always the case with Cracked Concrete. There are different types of cracks and to varying degrees and due to varying factors. Understanding these factors and taking certain measures or precautions in both the planning and execution phases, the risk of cracking can be reduced. Continue reading

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Decorative concrete floor maintenance

Decorative concrete floor maintenance is an important factor when choosing a floor covering. No flooring material is truly maintenance free, and the same holds true for decorative concrete. Concrete floors are relatively easy to care for when compared with other types of flooring (especially carpet), however, they do require regular attention. Continue reading

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Choosing the most suitable floor finish for a new build or renovation can be a tough one considering all the options available as well as the associated pros and cons of each. Coloured concrete floors used to be synonymous with a  “cold” or industrial” feel, however, due to its versatility as well as advances in the industry, concrete and cement based coatings can be used to create warm, inviting and elegant spaces.Continue reading

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Decorative Concrete – What should I know?

The purpose of this guideline is to highlight the characteristics of decorative concrete and to avoid disappointment due to unrealistic expectations. All information should be considered, regardless of concrete supply company, plant location or installer or contractor used. This would include Coloured concrete, exposed aggregate, stamped concrete, honed concrete.Continue reading

Cleaning & Maintenance

Why does concrete need to be acid washed?

The acid washing of concrete is a requirement after the concrete has cured sufficiently, in order to remove surface efflorescence and to open the pores before sealing. This will help the sealer to penetrate and result in a superior bond between the sealer and the surface. Floors that are acid washed before sealing will have greater colour enhancement and will appear darker than floors that have not been acid washed.Continue reading