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Hand Brush Details on Concrete Borders

Rick Lobdell applies acid stain with chip brushOver the last couple of years, I’ve written articles on how I use math to break down design layout and my views of color theory. This time, I’m going to share one of the little details that help my projects look amazing — how to properly use a brush.

Rick Lobdell
Jan 9, 2019
Polishing Contractors Should Address Pour-Backs, Trenches and Cutouts

Measuring moisture on a polished slab.For both new construction and remodel projects, polishing contractors face similar issues when trying to get concrete not poured at the same time to aesthetically match. This is a major problem in the world of construction.

David Stephenson
Jan 15, 2019
The Art, Science and Strategy of Concrete Color Restoration

Lap pool that has a restored concrete pool deck.Stained, integrally colored or other decorative concrete treatments will eventually need a freshening up if not a total do-over.

Editors
Jan 18, 2019
Smart Cement Revolutionizes Well Casings

concrete in borhole drillingsA researcher is trying to give cement sensing properties with applications in the oil industry.

Editors
May 1, 2015
Customizing a Polished Concrete Hangar Floor for the Military's New Fighter Jets

Luke Air Force Base polished concrete is underway with a significant prep job.

Who would have thought polished concrete would come to the aid of the U.S. Air Force's newest fighter jet?

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 14, 2014
Concrete Saw Cut Artistry - Precision is paramount

Game of Millimeters: Precision is paramountIt’s a game of inches. That’s the cliché heard about baseball, and often about other sports as well. And why not? It’s a saying that rings true and also applies to decorative concrete and polished concrete, where precision matters down to the millimeter, let alone the inch.

Joe Maty
Sep 1, 2017
Maintaining a Maintenance Program

In some cases, people were in fact looking to get a free application of sealer on their driveway, or a buff and wax on an interior floor within the warranty period of our work. In some cases, people were in fact looking to get a free application of sealer on their driveway, or a buff and wax on an interior floor within the warranty period of our work. However most were just interested in protecting the investment that they made, and wanted our help to ensure that the right products and procedures were in place.

Chris Becker
Jul 16, 2010
Techniques for Stamping an Overlay

Where walls or adjoining slabs are not in alignment, an applicator should also consider more random stamping patterns as a way to avoid layout problems.Concrete Decor‘s Technique section is designed to offer readers helpful information on methods for properly preparing concrete surfaces and installing decorative concrete products. This month, we’ll focus on techniques for stamping an overlay

Scott Wyatt
Apr 30, 2006
Recipe: Mottled Look on Polshed Concrete

Dye, butcher paper and creativity are the winning combinationA few colors of dye, some common butcher paper and a little creativity are all it takes to get this handsome mottled finish.

Editors
Nov 15, 2010
A Leather-look Concrete Fireplace

Leather look fireplace reflecting lightTwelve feet high when stacked and installed, the black panels on either side of the center were poured against fabric. They look somewhat like roughened metal or steel.

Liz Schick
Sep 4, 2012
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.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.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 1, 2015
Concrete Memories Brought to Life by the Concretist

A blueprint of the garage that was added to this custom homeMike Miller reminicses about the times he was asked to help complete a complex concrete projects from his past.

Michael Miller
Aug 8, 2010
A Formed Concrete Circle Made for Wedding Ceremonies

Seeing a finished construction project put to good use is something any contractor welcomes.Seeing a finished construction project put to good use is something any contractor welcomes.

Natasha Chilingerian
Dec 19, 2012
Cutting-edge Decorative Concrete Takes Center Stage in Las Vegas

wo recent decorative concrete projects on the Strip -- for two very high-profile ventures, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the CityCenter Las Vegas development -- illustrate why working in Las Vegas is a unique undertaking.Two recent decorative concrete projects on the Strip — for two very high-profile ventures, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the CityCenter Las Vegas development — illustrate why working in Las Vegas is a unique undertaking.

Kelly O'Brien
Dec 31, 2011
Choosing the Right Roller Sleeve or Roller Cover

The perfect roller sleeve for use with floor finishes, sealers, paints, stains, epoxies and waxes.A roller sleeve or cover is commonly thought of as something found in a painter’s toolbox rather than a concrete contractor’s. However, rolling sealants and colors onto (and into) concrete has become an increasingly popular option in decorative concrete applications.

Chris Mayo
Oct 6, 2010
Hand-Shaped Faux Stones Made to Look Like Tin Foil

The end result was a floor made with hand-shaped rectangular stones, each individually colored so that no two would look exactly the same.Ryan Neal of SBR Concrete was hired by a former client to create a basement floor that had to be not only easy to clean, but also unique. The end result was a floor made with hand-shaped rectangular "stones," each individually colored so that no two would look exactly the same.

Editors
Feb 19, 2010
Manufacturer Profile: Custom Rock International

Concrete in Cabela's stores has become a trademark.When decorative concrete is mentioned, typically we’re referring to the booming market in flat concrete. However, there are additional, more specialized niches in the decorative concrete arena: simulated rock formations, typically found in zoos, theme parks and more. Check out some examples in this article.

Bruce Hackett
Aug 21, 2002
Acid or Water-based Stains to Color Concrete are a Matter of Personal Preference

The choice of acid or water-based stains to color concrete is near equally divided.What's the difference between concrete and decorative concrete? One of the first indicators is whether it has the dull gray color of … well, concrete, or if it incorporates a natural or even not-so-natural hue, tone or shade. Of course, there are also several ways to add color to concrete, depending on the needs and desires of the client.

K. Schipper
Mar 17, 2018
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