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The Mall of Concrete is Open for Business!

The Mall of Concrete is Open for Business!If you were impressed with last year’s Decorative Concrete LIVE! debut, have we got more in store for you! World of Concrete attendees will look at vertical applications of decorative concrete in a whole new way after this year’s take on retail spaces inside and out.

Jan 22, 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
2017 Concrete Decor Show

2017 Concrete Decor ShowHeld at the sprawling Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club just north of Tampa in Palm Harbor, Florida, it drew participants from around the world to partake in workshops held on the resort premises, a full roster of educational seminars and panels, and a two-day exposition that featured power trowel polishing and artisans demonstrating decorative vertical applications.

Jan 22, 2018
Easy to use Breathable Epoxy Coatings

Large roller applicator for concrete overlays. Vexcon Chemicals PowerCoat OneVexcon Chemicals Inc., which has manufactured epoxies under the PowerCoat brand for more than 15 years, has become the first company to introduce breathable epoxies to the market.

Jan 14, 2007
Land of 10,000 Lakes Inspires Carved Concrete Mural

carved concrete mural

Vanessa Salvia
How to Seal Concrete for a Uniform Appearance

Sealing concrete with a consistent coverage is important for the overall finish of the decorative concrete project.This issue of blotchy and inconsistent color and gloss created by a sealer is not that uncommon. There are multiple factors that can create this appearance, but the two most common are application — how the sealer was applied — and surface — what the sealer is being applied to in regard to density and porosity.

Chris Sullivan
Mark Donaldson and Rebecca Meyers, Skookum Floors, USA

Contrasting colors makes for a very sharp design of light and dark gray concrete in a circular pattern.When Mark Donaldson and partner Rebecca Meyers saw a decorative concrete floor they knew instantly this was the product they were seeking. Impressed with decorative concrete's cost-efficiency, durability and unlimited design potential they were quick to recognize its commercial possibilities. 

Robert Simpson
Oct 6, 2001
5 Things Decorative Concrete Contractors Wish Architects Would Do

things decorative concrete contractors wish architects would doAll joking aside, the designer-contractor experience very often does prove to be positive and stimulating. But contractors can have hopes and dreams for a world where they are more in sync with designers.

Joe Maty
May 1, 2014
CIM College Program Graduates Can Land Good-Paying Construction Jobs

students working on a concrete block - Collaboration between industry and academia has created a mix of in-class learning and hands-on experience that is helping to solve an ongoing challenge for the concrete sector -- adding youth to the workforce.Collaboration between industry and academia has created a mix of in-class learning and hands-on experience that is helping to solve an ongoing challenge for the concrete sector — adding youth to the workforce.

Erik Pisor
Oct 1, 2015
How to Correctly Apply Concrete Sealer

How to Correctly Apply Concrete Sealer with directionsApplying concrete sealer is not rocket science, but it is a complicated process, says Jim Glessner of GST International LLC in Sparks, Nev.

Sue Poremba
May 15, 2007
10 Influential People in the Decorative Concrete Industry

Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame: The 2011 Inductees

Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame 2011 Inductees

The Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame announced its first group of honorees at the 2010 Concrete Decor Show & Spring Training, in Phoenix, Ariz.  It was only fitting that the Hall of Fame welcome its 2011 inductees at the 2011 Concrete Decor Show, held last March in Nashville, Tenn.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Apr 9, 2011
Concrete Overlay with Hand Painted Flora at SAY Sí's Front Entrance

Concrete overlay in sea blue by Butterfield Color guides visitors to the entrance of an after school program in San Antonio, Texas.In order to complete the nearly 2,000 square feet of surface area in just one week, workers from Butterfield and Miracote teamed up with local contractors to take on the massive overhaul.

Emily Dixon
Feb 19, 2012
Lokahi Stone: Decorative Concrete with Hawaiian Spirit

Camp style concrete countertop on a Hawaiian beach with a sunset in the background over the ocean.This company’s founders left careers in an international construction firm to offer decorative concrete with the spirit of Aloha.

Jun 1, 2005
Manufacturer Profile: Solomon Colors

Concrete steps colored with Solomon Colors poroductsSolomon Colors is the largest U.S.-owned producer of iron oxide pigments. Based in Springfield, Ill., the company got its start in the 1920s. Robert C. Solomon, the operator of the Panther Creek Coal Mine Co., decided that the black, carboniferous slate that lies above the coal seams would make a good color by-product.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Dec 10, 2001
What is Proline's "The Billy Banger"

The Billy Banger a hand tamping tool for stamped concrete mats and skins.Among the quirkier success stories of World Of Concrete 2006 is a little texture-mat tamper that manufacturer Proline Concrete Tools dubbed "The Billy Banger."

Feb 18, 2006
Polished Concrete Industry is not Sheltered from the Effects of Politics

As a consultant who works with contractors and manufacturers alike, I sometimes see things that aren’t typically discussed that I feel are important to share. So I’m going to attempt to tie together the various strings of thought on tax updates and how these will affect our industry specifically.

David Stephenson
Apr 11, 2017
A Peelable Concrete Stain Block

A product that stops the migration of stain and moisture in concrete.LesCoat is a concrete stain block with a surprise ending — it’s peelable.

Sep 8, 2006
Great Countertops

Our magazine salutes some of the world’s best work in this hot interior design trend.

Rob Spiegel
Feb 13, 2008
Glass-fiber Reinforced Concrete

Thanks to its incorporation of glass fibers into mix design, GFRC is thinner, lighter, stronger and offers more design flexibility.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 8, 2009
Artisan in Concrete: Klassen Concrete, Winnipeg, Manitoba

From quirky flights of fancy to classic looks, this Canadian contractor can handle it all even landscaping.

Christina Camara
Feb 13, 2009