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Transforming Wood Decks with Decorative Concrete

Building owners are asking contractors around the country to create decorative outdoor concrete features on areas not normally associated with concrete surfaces such as decks and roofs.Building owners are asking contractors around the country to create decorative outdoor concrete features on areas not normally associated with concrete surfaces such as decks and roofs.

Rick Yelton
May 26, 2018
California Artisan Focuses on Concrete Restoration and Repair

Concrete Restoration by Kevin BrownKevin Brown is a soft-spoken, humble-yet-accomplished man who got into the business of concrete work through his family. As he describes it, he knew from a young age that he wanted to follow in the family footsteps.

Vanessa Salvia
May 29, 2018
Gray Scheme Dominant Choice for Decorative Concrete

Gray seems to be dominating current color schemes for everything. As I'm not a fan, I hope this trend ends soon. Forcing me to work in gray almost makes me turn down jobs. But work is better than being idle so if gray is your prospect's preferred hue, here are a couple of important points to think about when talking to clients. Gray seems to be dominating current color schemes for everything. As I’m not a fan, I hope this trend ends soon. Forcing me to work in gray almost makes me turn down jobs. But work is better than being idle so if gray is your prospect’s preferred hue, here are a couple of important points to think about when talking to clients.

Rick Lobdell
May 31, 2018
Long Overdue Concrete Overlay Install at McCarran International Airport

Concrete overlays installed at McCarran Airport give a much needed upgrade.For years, officials with the Clark County Department of Aviation knew Terminal 1 at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas was in need of a fresh concrete overlay job. Wide, deep expansion joints placed long ago posed dangers for travelers, and the airport was paying for it.

Natasha Chilingerian
Jan 16, 2013
Concrete Adventures One Small Town at a Time

Concrete room with fireplace and countertops made of concrete. As the concretist, we’ve worked both internationally and nationwide. But some of the jobs are in the smallest, quaintest towns. They might not be major population centers, but the concrete in those places are that much more sweet, The people are warm even while the weather often isn't.

Michael Miller
Jan 7, 2011
How to Store Partially-used Concrete Sealers

Two men using a concrete sealer to finish off a beautiful outdoor decorative concrete patio.One-part concrete sealer products are easily stored for reuse in the future. Of course, you want to avoid foreign contaminants, so don’t pour back into the container what you may have portioned off unless you strain the used material first.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Jul 3, 2005
Concrete Countertop Reinforcement System

Concrete countertop carbon-fiber reinforcement, stop concrete cracks from the beginning.A carbon-fiber-reinforced, epoxy-resin-based grid design. It can be used in place of, or along with, steel wire mesh and light rebar. Unlike steel, carbon grid can be placed just below the finished surface.

Editors
Feb 4, 2004
Why is My Concrete Deck Overlay Failing, But Only Where It's Exposed to the Elements?

I have an exterior raised wooden deck that has a cement-based overlay applied to the top. The area that is under roof is fine, but the area that is outside is failing.I have an exterior raised wooden deck that has a cement-based overlay applied to the top. The area that is under roof is fine, but the area that is outside is failing.

Chris Sullivan
Jan 15, 2014
Quick Draw Design & Layout Tool for Concrete

Using the quick draw design tool for creating decorative concrete design.Artists can use Quick Draw to create large and highly detailed designs comfortably from a standing position. For detailed drawing, the chalk-holder piece of the assembly, called simply Quick Draw, can be removed and used alone.

Editors
Aug 1, 2007
Improve Your Sales and Customer Relations with a Decorative Concrete Design Center

Colorado Hardscape's Concrete Design Center Showroom - In 2001, Colorado Hardscapes made a move that forever changed its approach to sales and marketing. The company moved into a new concrete design center, the first of its kind in Colorado.In 2001, Colorado Hardscapes made a move that forever changed its approach to sales and marketing. The company moved into a new concrete design center, the first of its kind in Colorado.

Karen Van Heukelem
May 1, 2015
Ten Tips for Concrete Countertop Manufacturers

A man moves a countertop by machines so he doesn't have to lift heavy things with his own strength.Mark Celebuski, general manager of Pinnacle Cast Concrete, wants to share some of his hard-earned wisdom with the readers of Concrete Decor. He has developed a list of 10 tips he thinks will help concrete countertop makers in particular improve their businesses.

Mark Celebuski
May 31, 2009
Water-blasting: A Clean Way to Prep Concrete

Water flowing over cliff.Cleanliness is a definite selling point with water-blasting. Unlike shot blasting or grinding, it can be done in occupied spaces because a high- volume vacuum almost instantly removes the water and debris.

K. Schipper
Feb 8, 2017
Out, Damned Spot! Tips for Cleaning Concrete

While it isn't necessarily an issue with every coating job -- think quarter-inch urethane -- Young says there are several options once a problem is recognized.While a mechanical — or other — method of preparing concrete for an overlay will generally remove whatever is on the existing surface and open it up for the new application, it’s not always enough.

Editors
Feb 20, 2017
Five Pieces of Advice on Working with Retailers and Decorative Concrete

Five hands holding up one two three four five fingersIn recent years the decorative concrete and coatings market has made its way over to the retail market. Retailers have unique needs that they have to address, and decorative concrete and coatings are becoming a more and more popular method for filling those needs.

Brandon Carpenter
Aug 12, 2008
Recipe: Rich Swirling Out-of-this World Floor Finish

Reminiscent of nothing so much as the surface of Jupiter, this rich swirling effect is guaranteed to take any epoxy floor up a notch.Reminiscent of nothing so much as the surface of Jupiter, this rich swirling effect is guaranteed to take any floor up a notch.

Ryan Neal
May 14, 2010
Lifelong Flatwork Finisher Finds Talent in Decorative Concrete

Gold accented fleur de lis on a white concrete floor.Starting a business is a challenging process no matter what the circumstances, but starting a business at 19 years old, while holding down two other jobs and working on a degree? Now that’s a challenge.

Kelly O'Brien
Jan 7, 2011
Hot Trends: Concrete Repair & Restoration

Hot new brush for concreteAre you in decorative concrete and looking for more work? I bet you are, and if so, I have some good news. Let's listen to Dan’s auto repair business.

Doug Carlton
Sep 6, 2012
Concrete Artisan Prides Himself in Jobs Done Right, No Matter the Cost

Outdoor fireplace complete with patio furniture. The president of Artistic Concrete Surfaces, an award-winning company in Olathe, Kan., Mike Denny says that his commitment to quality sometimes drags on the business. “I’d rather lose money on a job instead of doing a job that didn’t look right. I have a good reputation for making sure everything is done above and beyond what people expect."

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Dec 19, 2012
From the Publisher's Desk Feb/March 2015

Each new edition of Concrete Decor provides invaluable insights and perspective from our industry columnists. The magazine also contains focuses on projects that constantly aim to unlock the best practices for turning ordinary concrete into finishes that challenge traditional building and finishing methods.

Bent Mikkelsen
Feb 2, 2015
JW Marriott Art Plaza Becomes A City Landmark

Catty-cornered northwest of the Indiana Convention Center, the JW Marriott Art Plaza has become a city landmark and a tribute to Hoosiers statewide since its grand unveiling in March 2010.

Editors
Decorative Concrete in the Greater Indianapolis Area: Automobile Museum in Auburn Replaces Waxed Floor with Polished System

Dancer’s company, Dancer Concrete Design, offered another solution to waxing the scuffed-up floor in the events center — polished concrete.

Vanessa Salvia
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