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How Much Color Should I Use in My Concrete?

Solomon integrally colored samples showing color loading.Integral colors are calculated by loadings based on total cementitious materials used per yard of concrete. Common loadings are 1 percent, 2 percent, 3 percent and 4 percent.

Steve Johnson
Jul 5, 2018
Concrete Hardscape Contractor Gets Creative With Glass

Glass is a fabulous way to introduce various colors, textures and even fiber-optic lighting, he says. Sometimes he even uses glass to incorporate a client's hobby or interest.Scott Cohen, owner of Green Scene Landscaping & Pools in the Los Angeles area, has been designing and building concrete countertops for more than 20 years.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 14, 2018
Here's the Inside Scoop on Integral Color for Concrete

Pigment sample scoops for concreteGreg Hurst still recalls the first time he used integral color for a concrete installation project. It was 2010 and the founder/owner of Alabama Decorative Concrete in Birmingham had been hired to install a 12,000-square-foot driveway that would be stamped throughout.

Erin Ansley
Jul 3, 2018
Introducing Carlos Perez of Custom Concrete Designs

Stained concrete floor in a color burst of rays coming out of a star.At just 34 years old, Perez is the owner and manager of Custom Concrete Designs Florida, in West Palm Beach, Florida. The relatively new business is making its mark in South Florida and beyond.

Joe Maty
Aug 2, 2013
Adding Color and Texture to Concrete Skateparks

Skate board rider using a large concrete tube in an Oregon, skate park. Concrete has been colored and textured.Airspeed Skateparks’ work was featured on the cover of last year’s World of Concrete issue. Since that time they have started incorporating both color and texture into their work, and decorative concrete has become a valuable extension of their skate park design services.

Dec 2, 2003
Use Aggregate Add Pizzazz to Concrete Projects

Sparkle grain aggregate for concrete to make it shine.Beautiful, durable and nonslip … what more could you want from a concrete surface that dazzles its beholders?

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Sep 8, 2016
Take Another Look at Form Liners for Concrete

Form liners are essentially molds for giving texture and design to vertical concrete surfaces.As an old technology finds new applications, walls take on shape and texture.

Amy Johnson
Apr 28, 2006
Why Finding the Right Grinder can Make a Difference

Smaller concrete grinding machines, easy to transport to the job site.There’s a grinder/polisher model available for just about every task, whether it’s prepping the floor of a big-box store or finishing a basement or small office. Finding the right tool for the job can make a big difference in speed and efficiency, so know what you want before you go shopping.

K. Schipper
Dec 3, 2016
Why Search Engine Algorithms Change and How to Capitalize on the Changes

How Google paved the way for UX-based algorithm changes.In the early days of social media marketing, you could post virtually any piece of content and, realistically, expect to see engagement from about 15 to 20 percent of your followers, fans or friends — depending on the day and just how many were online at that time.

Stephan Reed
Aug 4, 2017
New Ways to Sell Decorative Concrete

A sealed pool deck can be sold to a customer with a proper explanation of the process and outcome.As adults we learn to communicate using our words when we want and need something. The use of certain words can change the entire intention of what someone is trying to say. For those who sell and install decorative concrete, when was the last time you thought about how words influence your client's thought process regarding their decision to buy your products or services?

Chris Sullivan
Apr 9, 2010
The Science of Setting the Right Price for Your Services

A line graph showing cost vs productionThere’s a lot riding on your price. It’s a reflection of your brand value and the perceived quality of your work. Customers will even use heuristics to determine if your price per square foot is consistent with what they would expect to gain from hiring you. 

Jacob Webb
Dec 20, 2012
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.

Feb 4, 2004
From Concrete Mountains to Concrete Mine Shafts, Lakeland Makes it all

Maintenance is minimal on outdoor concrete waterfalls. The UV light is the most damaging.Near Lake Tahoe, a 24-foot tall mountain gushing numerous waterfalls, pools, and a meandering stream winding through the grounds. On the side of the mountain you can see an old, abandoned mineshaft with a rusted railcar on the siding. Birds fly from tree branch to streamside as water gently splashes over rocks. It certainly looks and sounds real, but it's not.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Jul 7, 2003
Self-Leveling Concrete Toppings Provide a Shortcut to a Sharp Look

Self-Leveling Concrete Toppings Provide a Shortcut to a Sharp LookYou've seen concrete interior floors in such bad shape that your first thought was to rip them out and start over. But there’s an easier approach. Self-leveling toppings or overlayments can be poured over concrete surfaces you didn’t think were salvageable, saving time and money.

David Searls
Feb 5, 2018
Solid-Color Concrete Stains: The Ideal Way to Recolor Aging Flatwork

A solid-color stain might be described as a cross between a coating and a stain, with the opaque solid color reminding one of a coating and the penetrating properties being more like a stain.A solid-color concrete stain might be described as a cross between a coating and a stain, with the opaque solid color reminding one of a coating and the penetrating properties being more like a stain.

Chris Sullivan
Mar 5, 2013
Use of Penetrating Sealers on Concrete is on the Rise

dull concrete surface being enhanced with penetrating sealerThe decorative industry grew up on the “one size fits all” high-gloss sealer which was the go-to coating for decades. While high gloss is still widely used, low-gloss and natural finishes in the decorative concrete industry have been gaining momentum as homeowners, architects and designers seek more ecofriendly, green and natural-looking sealing options.

Chris Sullivan
Jan 28, 2017
Cheng Design Awards

Fu Tung Cheng announces the winners of the Cheng awards at World of Concrete in front of a large crowd.Cheng Concrete announced the winners of its fourth annual Members’ Circle of Distinction Design Challenge at the 2008 World of Concrete show in Las Vegas last January. More than 100 entries were received for the contest from 25 states as well as Canada, Mexico, and England.

Feb 13, 2008
The New Trend Towards Green Concrete

Green was a hot topic at this year's World of Concrete show. It seemed that every exhibitor had some mention of green in their displays.Green was a hot topic at this year's World of Concrete show. It seemed that every exhibitor had some mention of green in their displays. In some cases this seemed to be little more than lip service, but in other cases, some very real steps are being taken towards greener concrete.

William D. Palmer Jr.
Mar 18, 2009