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You Owe It to Yourself to Make Time for Training

training course at the Solomon decorative concrete fairGrowth, increased profits, value and quality are a few words I hear thrown around in the decorative concrete industry these days. It seems, and rightly so, many want to grow their business and increase their value and sustainability in the marketplace by providing quality work.

Greg Iannone
Wine Caves Built with Bridge System

In the heart of northern Michigan wine country near Traverse City, Mari Vineyards opened for business in May 2016.In the heart of northern Michigan wine country near Traverse City, Mari Vineyards opened for business in May 2016. The 31,000-square-foot facility was equipped with the usual amenities of a first-rate winery as well as an extensive underground barrel-aging area that has the qualities of a cave.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 16, 2018
Discover the Power of Concrete at Decorative Concrete LIVE!

Keefe Duhon applies wood stamp to wall.Located in the Silver Lot, in front of the South Hall, the third annual Decorative Concrete LIVE! will showcase the power of concrete through innovative construction applications Jan. 22-25 at World of Concrete 2019 in Las Vegas.

Editors
Oct 18, 2018
Ron Garamendi of Las Vegas, Nevada, Performs Magic with Concrete

Magical stained concrete in Las Vegas transforms many spaces.In Las Vegas the tendency might be to look up at all the bright lights. But if that's all you do, you're likely to miss some exceptional magic right under your feet. In the glitzy theme world of Las Vegas, concrete is everywhere.

Susan M. Brimo-Cox
Jul 5, 2001
Match the Concrete Mix with the Right Equipment

Match the Mix with the Right EquipmentToo often mixing decorative overlays becomes an afterthought or path of least resistance process. This is the drill and paddle I have used for years, so it must be OK. Worse yet, and I am guilty of this, those of us on the training and manufacturing side default to whatever mixer is provided when we show up for a product demonstration.

Chris Sullivan
Oct 27, 2017
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
Mar 5, 2017
Faux Finished Illusions on Concrete

Faux finished concrete creates an illusion of multiple dimensionsBob Harris is probably best known as founder and president of the Decorative Concrete Institute. But one of his side passions is faux finishing.

Editors
May 14, 2007
The Upside of Concrete Overlays

This deck was given an overlay treatment that included Sand-Rich from Specialty Solutions Inc. Sand-Rich is a noncementitious, aggregate-containing overlay.For contractors and clients looking to improve an existing slab, fix failing concrete or just put some extra decorative oomph onto a surface, cementitious overlays are tops.

Elizabeth Gillette
Feb 13, 2009
Concrete Floors to Dye For

Dyes can broaden your color palette, create subtle effects not possible with other coloring agents, and fix problems with acid stain applications.On their own or combined with acid stains, dyes offer color options that allow the imagination to soar. Plus, they can be a lifesaver when your acid staining job goes south.

David Thompson
Feb 6, 2005
Transform Your World of Concrete with Metal Plating

Transform ordinary decorative concrete into an amazing piece of art with PlateAll metal coating.Amidst a myriad of decorative coatings for concrete, PlateAll Metal Coating emerges. PlateAll can transform a rather ordinary concrete surface into one that resembles solid cast metal with many of its attributes.  

Editors
Feb 12, 2001
Botanic Garden Receives Concrete Makeover

Compass rose stained into the concrete with reds, oranges and greens.The project was a lot simpler than the one Baltz ended up with. “I was first approached to do some hardscape and subbase for a network of brick or paver stone terraces,” he recalls. “The connecting walkways were going to be asphalt.” He can’t hide the disdain in his voice when he makes that last statement.

David Searls
Aug 6, 2011
Former Intel Employee Traded Semiconductors for Concrete Stains and an Airbrush

This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils -- and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils — and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.

David Searls
May 17, 2010
Decorative Concrete Products That Help Control Heat

Thermometer outside on a stake.Here are a few products designed specifically to help cool down exterior concrete surfaces.

Editors
Jul 5, 2011
Which Concrete Countertop Casting Method is Best for the Job?

Casting concrete countertopsConcrete is a fantastic material with which to work and design. It is one of the few building materials we can create and control to suit our wants and needs. Mix design, reinforcing technique and casting method are interrelated and influence everything from performance, cost and ease of fabrication to aesthetics and transportability.

Jeffrey Girard
Jan 1, 2015
How to Make Troweling Concrete Easier on the Job Site

power trowel on concreteLet’s face it, working concrete is a hard job. It’s hard on the hands, the back and especially the knees. Fortunately, for some contractors there’s an option that allows them to stand upright and still complete their jobs.

K. Schipper
Oct 20, 2016
Be a Salesman not a Talesman and Sell More Concrete

There are many stereotypes associated with sales professionals. There's the slick-dealing used-car salesman type who makes people feel suspicious. There's the natural-born salesman who walks into the room and is instantly everyone's new best friend, with talents in every area and the best jokes. Then, there's the talesman, the unknowingly annoying salesman.There are many stereotypes associated with sales professionals. There's the slick-dealing used-car salesman type who makes people feel suspicious. There's the natural-born salesman who walks into the room and is instantly everyone's new best friend, with talents in every area and the best jokes. Then, there's the talesman, the unknowingly annoying salesman.

Joshua Lemon
May 13, 2015
How to Build Concrete Fire Pits Safely

Concrete fire pit displays in front of a smooth as glass swimming pool during a sunset.As a contractor with extensive experience with all types of outdoor fire features, and as an expert witness in situations where something’s gone terribly wrong, I’d like to share some of the basic guidelines I use to maximize both safety and enjoyment of buidling concrete fire pits.

Scott Cohen
Oct 1, 2014
When to Test Your Polished Concrete Job

Person sitting at a computer with a yellow pen and paper taking notes.Know what you are defining with your tests and work descriptions. Your intent is that the architect/owner/GC will be taking you at your word as a professional, an expert.

Editors
May 1, 2008
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