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Upgrade to Lavina propane and electric concrete grinders If you're doing anything with polishing, drilling or sawing concrete these days, you're likely already using water in your processes. Those hedging on not using wet processes are staring straight at a mandate from OSHA that requires contractors to reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica.

20-foot carved concrete fireplace stands out in 2017 Parade of Homes

A Matter of the HearthWhen Troy Lemon the concrete sculptor met up with Troy Wolfiss the home builder, a fireplace of great proportions ensued. Wolfiss, owner of Artisan Craft Homes, busily designed his new home which would be part of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids’ Spring Parade of Homes.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Nov 3, 2017
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Mechanical engineer chooses concrete over current job

Joshua Thiel, Thiel Studios, Palm Beach, FloridaFor as long as he can remember, Joshua Thiel has had a passion for creating and building while also finding innovative solutions to problems. After going to school for mechanical engineering and spending years fabricating and learning how to work with different materials, it seemed like a natural fit to dive into concrete.

Jacqueline Valle
Oct 10, 2017
Lead Generation SaaS: A new method to find customers

Lead Generation SaaS: A new method to find customersFinding potential customers and successfully reaching them is a long and difficult process for most companies. Marketing actions businesses can take to create and build interest in a product or service make up lead-generation strategies.

Mathieu Picard
Oct 9, 2017
Recognize and Respect the Value of a Good Concrete Worker

Keep a good concrete crew going

David Stephenson
Four-Dimensional Stain Cube Stamp Pattern for Concrete

Four dimensional cube stamp for concrete.It sounds just a little bit like a pulp science fiction story: While packing up their warehouse to move, workers at a concrete stamp company discover a long-forgotten design for a concrete stamp that is three-dimensional.

Dec 19, 2006
The Concrete Decor Show's Legacy of Giving Back at The Julian Center

concrete sidewalk that looks like racetrack at a daycare center in IndianaSince the first Concrete Decor Show in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2010, the goal has been to provide world-class training opportunities for decorative concrete professionals while also leaving behind something tangible for the hosting community.

Vanessa Salvia
Concrete Countertop Overlays are Finding Favor with Homeowners

Applying a countertop overlayDecorative concrete has become increasingly popular with every passing year, and has evolved from primarily flooring products to use in walls, showers and countertops. Because of the increased popularity in decorative concrete, the used of overlays has grown as well and they have a lot of advantages. 

Mike Besse
How to Compete with DIY Garage Floor Kits and Win

If you want to install garage floor coatings properly and create a profit, you must understand that not everyone is your customer. The price tag on the kit in the box store has already created a perceived value or cost to complete the job in many customers' mind.If you want to install garage floor coatings properly and create a profit, you must understand that not everyone is your customer. The price tag on the kit in the box store has already created a perceived value or cost to complete the job in many customers’ mind.

Nick Dancer
Jan 24, 2013
Kia Ricchi of Centerline Production: Concrete in Public Works

Large colorful concrete reef made by Kia Ricchi Kia Ricchi of Centerline Productions takes her love of sculpting to new heights with the use of concrete.

Ester Brody
Aug 20, 2002
A Guide to Unique Concrete Casting Surfaces

cast concrete water fountain

Jeremy French
Arcon, Las Vegas, Nevada: Innovative Leader in Decorative Concrete

Concrete floor in a high traffic retail spaceArcon is an innovative industry leader of new technology in cementitious, decorative, architectural flooring. Using structural concrete and overlayment, the company has provided an alternate to tile, stone, asphalt, Kool Deck, terrazzo, marble and other hard-surface flooring materials on many different projects.

Oct 25, 2003
Concrete Countertop Casting: Which 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
A Makeover in a Mall Covers Outdated Tile

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Recipes: Terrific Terrazzo

Inspired by the rotors of the helicopters the client manufactures, this intricate, precise design shows off not only the contractor's technical aptitude but also terrazzo's design versatility.Our regular feature offers two step-by-step descriptions of unique floors that were created with good old terrazzo.

Kelly O'Brien
Jul 8, 2010
Polishing Concrete: Putting a High Shine on an Old Mix

Walk-behind concrete polisher works on the inside of a garage floor to achieve the best look for this project.Super smooth concrete, buffed to a gloss, seems too nice for a hardware store, much less a warehouse place. Don't be fooled. The near-mirror finish not only looks good and is tough, it also saves money by dramatically cutting the labor and materials needed to clean and maintain it.

Dave Cagle
Oct 5, 2001
The Polishing Consultant: Cold-Weather Pours and Early Polishes

Pouring concrete in cold weather

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
Resolving Moisture Problems in Concrete

What is white stuff coming out of my concrete.Don't let moisture problems put a wet blanket on your concrete work. Here are some solutions.

Christina Camara
Dec 17, 2003
Tournament Players Club Sawgrass Staging Area, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

This golf course was going to be on national TV, and its owners wanted it to look good. Decorative concrete helped get it ready for its closeup.

Kelly O'Brien
May 7, 2008
Pigment Peculiarities

Any time you’re dealing with integral color, the key to success is getting a nice, even distribution of pigment. The key to that, in turn, is managing the water-to-cement ratio in your mix.

Kelly O'Brien
Feb 11, 2011
J&M Lifestyles, Randolph, N.J.

With a history in decorative concrete stretching back to the 1930s, J&M Lifestyles brings generations of experience and expertise to all of its projects.

Erin F. Ansley
Mar 12, 2008