Should we choose light or dark colored concrete?

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We are putting in a 5000+ sq ft driveway in a desert setting. Should we use a light or dark color in the concrete?

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  • Mad29883817 Mad29883817 on May 06, 2019

    Dark attracts sun and heat

  • Gk Gk on May 06, 2019

    Lighter would be better.

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on May 06, 2019

    Jannea...It's just a matter of opinion...which would look better with your house?

  • Dfm Dfm on May 06, 2019

    lighter the better.

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on May 06, 2019

    I totally had the same question when we decided to paint our patio. Dark concrete will be hot to walk on for your feet if you are barefoot. Probably not a problem if it is a driveway though and not a pool deck. Light concrete will get dirtier!! You might want an In-between color or if you don't care about how hot it could get, go on the darker side rather than lighter.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on May 06, 2019

    The dark color would absorb the heat and you would not want that in a hot desert setting. I would use the light color unless you live in the coldest desert on earth, Gobi, ha.


  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on May 06, 2019

    white reflects heat; black absorbs increases heat