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Acid or Water-based Stains to Color Concrete are a Matter of Personal Preference

The choice of acid or water-based stains to color concrete is near equally divided.What's the difference between concrete and decorative concrete? One of the first indicators is whether it has the dull gray color of … well, concrete, or if it incorporates a natural or even not-so-natural hue, tone or shade. Of course, there are also several ways to add color to concrete, depending on the needs and desires of the client.

K. Schipper
Mar 17, 2018
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Finding the Sweet Spot Among Acrylic Sealers and Acrylic Urethanes

Retailers, restaurants, shopping centers and entertainment venues can lose significant revenue if their facilities or walkways need to be shut down and revamped.Contractors have relied on acrylic sealers for decades to protect concrete flooring systems, and for good reason. In the right conditions, these sealers offer optimal durability, stain resistance and a desirable “wet look” finish. However, they have their limitations too and aren’t always the ideal option for high-traffic areas and environments with extreme hazards.

Solid Branding: Tips on Video and Content

Context, in other words, is engagement. It's scaling interactions and associations with your company or product to a point where trust is developed with your brand. Decorative concrete can be complicated, and there is a lot that goes into a successful installation. But at each project’s finale, you move onto the next job where you’ll save the day for another customer.

Brandon Farmer
Mar 21, 2018
Concrete Table Tops Talk at Pasadena Showcase

The 16-by-5-foot table -- commissioned by Terry Morrill of Pacific Outdoor Living, a landscape design-build company in Sun Valley -- serves as the centerpiece of a space that garnered national honors.A real conversation starter, the concrete table designed and cast by Dominic Boinich of 5 Feet from the Moon kept the table talk flowing freely at the unveiling of the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design in California.

K. Schipper
Mar 28, 2018
Restoring High Traffic Areas Using Concrete Overlays

The floors of this 80,000-square-foot outdoor mall on the island of Kauai were patchy, cracked and worn out. One sweeping restoration changed everything.

Amy Johnson
Apr 12, 2007
How To Take Jobs Beyond Decorative Concrete

concrete contractors installing water features

Karen Van Heukelem
Differences Between Integral Colors and Color Hardeners

Bart Sacco
Jan 24, 2013
7 Tips to Take Your Concrete Countertops to the Next Level

Decorative concrete countertops - Clay caulk from an extruder will bring your edges to the next level. With silicone caulk, the clock starts ticking as soon as the caulk hits the open air.Turn your little concrete countertop shop into a that big business by getting your projects out the door sooner.

Mark Celebuski
Jul 18, 2014
Crowning the Top Brawler at the 2014 Concrete Decor Show

cast and carved concrete fireplace

Vanessa Salvia
The Comfort of Radiant Heat in Concrete

For a snow-melt system, the designer specifies tubing embedded in outdoor or garage slabs.Bob “Hot Rod” Rohr isn’t your everyday installer of heating systems. The Rogersville, Mo., heating expert got turned on to radiant heat about 15 years ago and dove, well, toes-first into the technology.

John Vastyan
Feb 17, 2007
the concretist: Using Brass and Glass to Create Concrete Poetry

As concretists, each of us defines ourselves as “one who practices concrete poetry.” As we craft this material, we are crafting a poem. At the most basic level, that poem can be a haiku — deceptively simple.

Michael Miller
Oct 9, 2011
Western Specialty Contractors Restores, Protects Historic Mazza Castle for Next 100 Years

Mazza Castle restoration projectEmily McCloskey, the young wife of attorney and Irish immigrant Henry Harrison McCloskey, had grown deathly afraid of earthquakes after the “great earthquake” of San Francisco and the subsequent fire that killed 500 people and left 220,000 homeless in 1906.

Tony Lieder Jr.
7 Basic Steps to Consider Before Starting any Concrete Project

The basic steps are as follows. Male lead in first bar: left foot forward step, right foot replace weight at same point, left foot back again to step beside from is where the seven steps to success before you start come into play. Problems with architectural concrete projects, real or perceived, can all be traced back to a breakdown of one or more of these seven steps.

Chris Sullivan
Feb 8, 2010
3 Tips: Using Tape with Decorative Concrete Overlays

Tape marks left on an concrete overlay after coloring with concrete stain and how to removed the tape marks.After painstakingly laying out a grout pattern for your acrylic overlay, meticulously masking and re-masking surrounding areas, and then spraying or troweling in just the right color and texture scheme, you stand back and admire your handiwork, and the job looks great.

Brian Anderson and Cory Christensen
Oct 9, 2011
Texas Bomanite, High-end Decorative Concrete

Celebrating its silver anniversary this year, Texas Bomanite has been performing high-end decorative concrete work across much of Texas since 1987.Celebrating its silver anniversary this year, Texas Bomanite has been performing high-end decorative concrete work across much of Texas since 1987.

Chris Mayo
Oct 21, 2012
Warm Water Pressure Washing Used to Remove Concrete Sealer

Upscale your pressure washing service by using warm water to remove concrete sealers.Dive deeper into the use of the warm-water pressure washing method of removing old concrete sealer.

Doug Carlton
ASCC's Decorative Concrete Council Names Winners of 2015 Competition

Award Winning Decorative Concrete

Manufacturer Profile: Rafco Products, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Laying down ornate stencils on a concrete surfaceIn 1971, Robert Freis was working as a buyer for a California building supply company when a customer asked to buy a set of aluminum stamps for a concrete design application.

Bruce Hackett
Aug 8, 2004
How to use GFRC after the Batch is Mixed

Glass-fiber reinforced concrete, how to mix and use GFRCIn the June/July issue of Concrete Decor magazine, we covered how to put together three kinds of mixes of glass-fiber reinforced concrete. This time, we’re going to show you how to apply the GFRC after you’ve prepared it.

Brandon Gore
Aug 11, 2008
The Toy Box, Modesto, Calif.

A checkerboard-patterned floor was a natural choice for sprucing up the private garage of a racing enthusiast.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 8, 2010
Controlled Erosion

Intended to mimic the look of travertine, this microexposure finish leaves the surface with a subtle texture that complements integrally colored exteriors beautifully.

Kelly O'Brien
Feb 11, 2011
Carlton's Corner: Three Ways to Drum Up New Work

Eight times per year I look at this magazine from cover to cover, amazed at how our industry has been hijacked by true artists. This level of skill, along with a few creative marketing ideas, should keep fresh money coming into your bank account.


Doug Carlton
Aug 9, 2011