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ACI's Spring 2018 Convention Slated for March 25-29 in Salt Lake City

ACI's Spring 2018 Convention Slated for March 25-29 in Salt Lake CityRegistration is open for the American Concrete Institute’s Spring 2018 Convention and Exposition March 25-29 at the Grand America and Little America hotels in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. This year’s theme is Concrete Elevated.

Editors
Feb 2, 2018
Terrazzo Artistry Delivers Glitz to McCarran Terminal

Not Just Another Skate in the ParkLas Vegas’ McCarran Airport put its money down in a bet on a vibrant, colorful and imaginative new look for the airport’s Terminal 1 ticketing and baggage claim area.

Joe Maty
Jan 22, 2018
How can we help the concrete industry thrive?

How can we help the concrete industry thrive?Years ago, there was a Kevin Costner movie, “Field of Dreams,” which has now become a classic. While this movie was full of overarching plots and subplots, the main takeaway was: “If you build it, they will come.”

Greg Iannone
Jan 29, 2018
Concrete Countertop Polishing Tips and Tricks

Grinder that is used for polishing concrete countertopsConcrete countertops are a very hot item these days, and fabricating them can be much easier than you think — when you use the right tools and technique. This is the key to eliminating frustration and ultimately producing a quality product.

Nick Bertram
Apr 2, 2007
Concrete Placement (Part 3 of 3): Mix Designs

David Stephenson
Backyard Patio Sports Acid Stained Vines

Beautify your backyard concrete patio with versatile concrete acid stains.A concrete contractor working with acid stain enjoys the challenge of layering colors when there is only one shot at the job and a limited color palette. Learn how to achieve more color variations than clients expect.

Rick Lobdell
ASCC Council Honors Winners of 2017 Decorative Concrete Awards

swirly floor with with rock formation pathThe Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, recognized the winners of its ninth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition Jan. 17 at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

Editors
Elegant Fireplace Surrounds - Concrete takes its place at the heart of the home

Interior decorative concrete is all the rage for countertops, floors and bathtubs, but nowhere does it pack more design punch than in fireplace surrounds and hearths.Winter’s on its way! It’s time to think about adding hearths and fireplace surrounds to your decorative concrete offerings

Amy Johnson
Nov 3, 2005
Tips on Brushed or Broomed Finishes for Concrete

Try out a broom finish technique for concrete in sand.Brushing or brooming a non-skid texture onto concrete is a standard finishing method. But with a little imagination, the right equipment and a skilled technique, a contractor can turn that finish into an inexpensive decoration that will please his client and boost his company’s reputation.

Loretta Hall
Dec 10, 2005
Color Makes The World Go 'Round: Using the Color Wheel to Make Concrete Color Choices

color wheelA color wheel is a wonderful tool to help make color choices because it allows you to see the relationship between colors, and to mix and match them at a glance.

Editors
Dec 4, 2001
Adding Color to Polished Concrete Floors

Medical clinic with polished concrete floors that have been colored using acid stains which gives a more muted color to the concrete.Color and concrete have evolved. When considering adding color in conjunction with polishing, first it was integral colors or dry shake hardeners, then acid stains crept to the forefront as it became viable to combine densifying and acid stains.

Peter Wagner
Feb 8, 2006
Artistic Solution Prevents Skateboard Damage

Close up of a solution to the ever growing concrete damage caused by skateboardsAfter Tom Ralston Concrete recently finished a handsome concrete wall for the Pacific Gardens Chapel in Santa Cruz, Calif., local skateboarders promptly began to destroy it while practicing their “railing” and jumping techniques. Tom Ralston got to work creating a unique and and attractive solution.

Editors
Oct 23, 2003
Taking the Big Leap into Concrete Color Restoration

Our world is awash in decorative concrete. That's the good news. The bad news is some of it is looking haggard or worn. This decorative trend can work in favor of those willing to tap a vast and growing market.Our world is awash in decorative concrete. That’s the good news. The bad news is some of it is looking haggard or worn. This decorative trend can work in favor of those willing to tap a vast and growing market.

Doug Carlton
Apr 16, 2013
Acrylic Stains for Concrete: A Colorful Alternative to Acid Etch

Acrylic stained concrete with blue hues in a GM showroomContractors choose acrylic stains over chemical stains for a variety of reasons. Acrylic stains offer an array of colors that chemical stains cannot. Designers and applicators are no longer limited to the eight colors commonly available with acid-based stains. 

Denise Wendt
May 1, 2003
Recognize and Respect the Value of a Good Concrete Worker

Keep a good concrete crew going

David Stephenson
Colored Pervious Concrete Used in Award-Winning Park

Water dripping through pervious concrete sample.With the addition of color and increased attention to texture and detail, pervious concrete is now being specified for public parks, fine residences, and other hardscapes where appearance is as important to the environment as drainage.

Michael Chusind
Dec 24, 2005
Stamped Concrete Overlays Easier to Install, Less Costly than Conventional Way

If a concrete foundation is in good shape, it's less costly and less labor intensive to install a concrete overlay and stamp it than to start from scratch with a new concrete slab.If a concrete foundation is in good shape, it’s less costly and less labor intensive to install a concrete overlay and stamp it than to start from scratch with a new concrete slab.

David Searls
May 26, 2017
Alfalfa's Market Boulder, Colo.

There was plenty of flooring to do before Alfalfa’s Market, a new natural foods store, could open on Earth Day 2011 in a former Whole Foods space in Boulder, Colo.

David Searls
Aug 9, 2011
the concretist: Freehand Means Freedom for You and Your Customer

Whether more utilitarian or more exotic, these are forms that every general contractor and every concrete guy is familiar with. We all have the tools and the formulae to produce these lines, angles and shapes.

Michael Miller
Nov 10, 2010
Concrete Treehouse, Warren, Vt.

No, it’s not built into the fork of a tree. It’s the grown-up version, with a breathtaking mountain view and lots of decorative concrete.

David Searls
Feb 13, 2008
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