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Testing Decorative Concrete Overlays: Compression Strength vs. Adhesion

A case can be made that any test result can help better define how a product will perform, but when it comes to decorative overlays some tests are more meaningful than others.What is the most important test when it comes to evaluating decorative concrete overlays? A case can be made that any test result can help better define how a product will perform, but when it comes to decorative overlays some tests are more meaningful than others.

Chris Sullivan
Nov 29, 2018
Technology Will Improve Job Site Safety

When it comes to safety in the construction industry, technological advances will make the workplace of the future more connected.When it comes to safety in the construction industry, technological advances will make the workplace of the future more connected.

K. Schipper
Nov 28, 2018
Museum Blends History with Multiple Processes and New Concrete Products

To commemorate a colony that contributed much to Texas, the Texas Historical Commission had a museum built that uses decorative concrete to capture history.To commemorate a colony that contributed much to Texas, the Texas Historical Commission had a museum built that uses decorative concrete to capture history.

Jeff Bonkiewicz
Nov 22, 2018
How to Achieve Natural Looking Stamped Concrete with Color Hardeners

Broadcasting color hardener onto a curing slab of concrete prior to placing a stamping mat.Experts share their knowledge on everything from preparation to application — including how to achieve the most natural-looking colors.

Amy Johnson
Feb 1, 2006
Quality Polishing Diamonds: A Polisher's Best Friend

Husqvarna floor grinder sitting back so the bottom pads are show.Although a good grinder/polisher will take other types of pads besides diamonds, the industrial version of the gemstone is a must for a wide range of tasks. And, there’s the rub: just as with jewelry, these diamonds are seen as being expensive.

K. Schipper
Dec 2, 2016
The Right Mix of Digital Tools for Decorative Concrete

decorative concrete roadwayWhether you are a paleo-pencil-pusher or digital native, in today’s market you have to ask, what are the best digital tools for my business?

Amy Johnson
Feb 13, 2014
11 Proven Concrete Color Recipes

11 ways to color your concrete, step by step how-tosStep-by-step instructions and useful tips from people in the industry who have experimented enough to know what works.

Editors
May 1, 2007
The Church of Decorative Concrete

This stencil was laid down in the walkway leading up to this church.Many of history’s most beautiful works of art were created for places of worship. These days, decorative concrete is doing its part to beautify churches across the country.

Emily Dixon
Aug 8, 2010
Stamping Concrete in Hot Weather

Hot sun can affect your stamping projectStamping concrete in hot weather requires advanced planning and close attention. Here, industry pro George Lee shares his secrets for a successful outcome.

George Lee
Jun 21, 2004
Roller System make Texturing Concrete Easy

Thanks to a new roller system from Kraft Tool Co., contractors no longer have to rock around the clock to get texturing projects done in half the time.Thanks to a new roller system from Kraft Tool Co., contractors no longer have to rock around the clock to get texturing projects done in half the time.

Editors
Jul 9, 2005
Repair Concrete Cracks in the Substrate to Avoid Cracks in your Overlay

Before attempting to cover concrete with any type of product you must repair the cracks in the surface or they will show through.Most cracks in a substrate will telegraph through overlays if not prepared properly, so spend the extra time and dollars to prep the area correctly. If you repair problem areas prior to installing an overlay you will minimize the chances of cracks in your overlay.

Brian Vicari
Nov 5, 2005
Decorative Concrete Techniques: Stencils and Acid Etching

Close up view of stencil application with Profiler from Surface Gel TekA surface-preparation product called The Profiler from Surface Gel Tek can be used to create an etched effect with stencils. In these photos, Dane Hantz of Dane Concrete Design in Prescott, Arizona, demonstrates the technique. The surface was a steel-troweled concrete floor in a home. Hantz wanted to create a 60-linear-foot border around the room.

Editors
Feb 18, 2002
A Look Back at Polished Concrete's First Decade

The autoscrubbers were used on this concrete floor.Polishing concrete, not unlike other new industries, begged, borrowed and stole from others in its infancy. Equipment came from the surface prep, stone restoration and cleaning industries, and as one can imagine, nothing was a perfect fit. It is still evolving today, but here is a look at where it came from.

Peter Wagner, CSI
Dec 5, 2007
Decorative Concrete Acts as a North Star for this Artisan

Cory Hanneman Element 7 ConcreteDecorative concrete is more than an occupation or a career for Cory Hanneman. It gave him direction at a time when he needed a compass.

Joe Maty
Oct 8, 2013
Mechanical, Chemical or Water: Which Prep is Right For the Job?

With today's ever-changing technology, it's critical to stay on top of your options to achieve the concrete surface profile (CSP) recommended by coating manufacturers and to choose the right equipment for surface preparation.With today’s ever-changing technology, it’s critical to stay on top of your options to achieve the concrete surface profile (CSP) recommended by coating manufacturers and to choose the right equipment for surface preparation.

K. Schipper
Understanding Our Rocky Relationship with Concrete Overlays

Rocks on the shore of the ocean.Ever notice the broad range of opinions that exist regarding concrete overlays and how they work? Take color hardener, for example — not everyone uses the product, but most agree that it is good and provides excellent results. Why then with overlays does such a spectrum of opinion and emotion exist?

Chris Sullivan
Jul 9, 2011
New Paladiano "Wonders of the World" Stamp Line

Paladino stamp pattern stained with various brown colors in alternating secession.

There is something that could be said about the connection between wine and the invention of a great idea.

This certainly holds true for Bob Harris, president of the Decorative Concrete Institute.

Editors
Feb 13, 2009
Color Repairs Explained in Black and White

shiny brown polished floorOver the last few months I’ve had multiple projects with issues related to color. I feel it will benefit Concrete Decorreaders to understand the process for corrections as well as some simple tips and tricks for achieving desired results.

David Stephenson
Jan 27, 2017
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