Vol. 18 No. 1 - January 2018
Registration is open for the American Concrete Institute’s Spring 2018 Convention and Exposition March 25-29 at the Grand America and Little America hotels in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. This year’s theme is Concrete Elevated.
Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport put its money down in a bet on a vibrant, colorful and imaginative new look for the airport’s Terminal 1 ticketing and baggage claim area.
Years ago, there was a Kevin Costner movie, “Field of Dreams,” which has now become a classic. While this movie was full of overarching plots and subplots, the main takeaway was: “If you build it, they will come.”
Concrete countertops are a very hot item these days, and fabricating them can be much easier than you think — when you use the right tools and technique. This is the key to eliminating frustration and ultimately producing a quality product.
A concrete contractor working with acid stain enjoys the challenge of layering colors when there is only one shot at the job and a limited color palette. Learn how to achieve more color variations than clients expect.
The Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, recognized the winners of its ninth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition Jan. 17 at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas.
Winter’s on its way! It’s time to think about adding hearths and fireplace surrounds to your decorative concrete offerings
Brushing or brooming a non-skid texture onto concrete is a standard finishing method. But with a little imagination, the right equipment and a skilled technique, a contractor can turn that finish into an inexpensive decoration that will please his client and boost his company’s reputation.
A color wheel is a wonderful tool to help make color choices because it allows you to see the relationship between colors, and to mix and match them at a glance.
Color and concrete have evolved. When considering adding color in conjunction with polishing, first it was integral colors or dry shake hardeners, then acid stains crept to the forefront as it became viable to combine densifying and acid stains.
After Tom Ralston Concrete recently finished a handsome concrete wall for the Pacific Gardens Chapel in Santa Cruz, Calif., local skateboarders promptly began to destroy it while practicing their “railing” and jumping techniques. Tom Ralston got to work creating a unique and and attractive solution.
Our world is awash in decorative concrete. That’s the good news. The bad news is some of it is looking haggard or worn. This decorative trend can work in favor of those willing to tap a vast and growing market.
Contractors choose acrylic stains over chemical stains for a variety of reasons. Acrylic stains offer an array of colors that chemical stains cannot. Designers and applicators are no longer limited to the eight colors commonly available with acid-based stains.
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.
If a concrete foundation is in good shape, it’s less costly and less labor intensive to install a concrete overlay and stamp it than to start from scratch with a new concrete slab.
There was plenty of flooring to do before Alfalfa’s Market, a new natural foods store, could open on Earth Day 2011 in a former Whole Foods space in Boulder, Colo.
Whether more utilitarian or more exotic, these are forms that every general contractor and every concrete guy is familiar with. We all have the tools and the formulae to produce these lines, angles and shapes.
No, it’s not built into the fork of a tree. It’s the grown-up version, with a breathtaking mountain view and lots of decorative concrete.