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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
International Decorative Concrete Industry Evolves

For those of us who work in the U.S., Canada and Western Europe, we take for granted the quality of our everyday materials, let alone how easy they are to obtain. In developing countries, the amount of time and cost involved in getting everything needed for a job can be staggering. But staggering to who?For those of us who work in the U.S., Canada and Western Europe, we take for granted the quality of our everyday materials, let alone how easy they are to obtain. In developing countries, the amount of time and cost involved in getting everything needed for a job can be staggering. But staggering to who?

Chris Sullivan
Jun 11, 2018
Seeding Aggregate in Concrete

Before there was stamping, before the emergence of acid staining, an exposed aggregate finish was the decorative concrete choice by many.Before there was stamping, before the emergence of acid staining, an exposed aggregate finish was the decorative concrete choice by many.

Joe Maty
Jun 4, 2018
Floating Color-Hardened Concrete

Tossing red color hardener onto a slab of concrete.There's more to color hardener than color. The material inspires a chemical reaction, and it works best when worked in with a float. Timing is essential, and so are the right tools.

Loretta Hall
Aug 11, 2007
Broadcast vs. Troweled Quartz Systems

When it comes to resinous quartz flooring, there are two basic ways to approach the installation. You can broadcast the quartz onto a floor coated with wet epoxy, or you can mix the epoxy and quartz together -- making what is often called epoxy mortar -- then trowel it on.When it comes to resinous quartz flooring, there are two basic ways to approach the installation. You can broadcast the quartz onto a floor coated with wet epoxy, or you can mix the epoxy and quartz together -- making what is often called epoxy mortar -- then trowel it on.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Retroplate: Moving from Experience to Technology in Polished Concrete

Highly-reflective floor in a main lobby of a building.Each slab of concrete is unique, polishing it can require a lot of experience and often involves the attendant mistakes. Advanced Floor Products in Provo, Utah, decided to develop a concrete-polishing technology to eliminate some of the guesswork.

David Cagle
Oct 12, 2001
Kansas City Concrete Trade Group Celebrates Great Work

The Concrete Promotional Group of Greater Kansas City has announced its annual Excellence in Concrete Awards. The Concrete Promotional Group of Greater Kansas City has announced its annual Excellence in Concrete Awards. The awards recognize outstanding work in concrete construction in the greater Kansas City area, comprised of parts of Missouri and Kansas.

Editors
Nov 20, 2012
An Alternate Countertop Forming Method Now Available

Concrete Countertop Solutions has developed an alternative countertop form that will help create cast-in-place countertops with a variety of edge styles.Concrete Countertop Solutions has developed an alternative countertop form that will help create cast-in-place countertops with a variety of edge styles. Z-Counterform reduces labor time and doesn't require any double-sided tape or drilling into kitchen cabinets.

Emily Dixon
Sep 4, 2009
Putting a New Stamp on Concrete

Rope stamp by butterfield color placed on integrally colored concrete.A number of new technological innovations give today’s contractors more choices when they’re looking to make an impression.

Matt Robinson
Feb 13, 2008
Using a Color Wheel for Your Concrete Work

using a Color Wheel for Your Concrete Work

There is a famous paperback called “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. Many writers treasure it as a guide to writing clearly and succinctly while avoiding common grammatical errors. The handbook itself is a model of clarity.

Gaye Goodman
Going From Good to Great using Overlays and Microtoppings

Let me start by being blunt. Almost anyone can squeegee down a couple of coats of topping. But overlays and microtoppings are handcrafted, not generic flooring you buy on a roll.Let me start by being blunt. Almost anyone can squeegee down a couple of coats of topping. But overlays and microtoppings are handcrafted, not generic flooring you buy on a roll. How do you go from doing what anyone can do to creating your own distinctive look and giving customers exceptional projects?

Trevor A. Foster, with Amy Johnson
Feb 25, 2011
The Science of Thin, Polymer-Modified Toppings

Polymers aren't as colorful as pigments, acids and other raw materials used in decorative concrete. But because they help thin cemetitious toppings hold together, they are just as important.Polymers aren’t as colorful as pigments, acids and other raw materials used in decorative concrete. But because they help thin cemetitious toppings hold together, they are just as important.

Amy Johnson
Nov 16, 2008
How To Make Maintenance Work For You To Increase Profitability

guy on ride on polishing machineConsumers, often blown away with the low prices of desktop inkjet printers, forget to consider the additional cost of ink cartridges which put many of them on a first name basis with the folks at the office supply store. If you’re selling decorative concrete as no-maintenance, you could be missing out on tapping into the same sort of profit center those cartridges represent, either through selling products or providing maintenance services— or both.

K. Schipper
Stripping Concrete Tips and Tricks

Concrete that has been stripped - but ghost lines are still visible.We sat down with some experts in concrete and ask them for advice on stripping concrete as well as their best tips and tricks.

Editors
Feb 13, 2009
Comparing Radiant Heat Floor Coverings

Radiant floors are a welcome edition to a living room.Radiant heat floor coverings at-a-glance Here’s an overview of typical radiant-heat floor covering products and how they compare to decorative concrete.

Editors
Mar 1, 2003
An Epoxy Chip Garage Done Right

Jeff Bach epoxy chip garage floor coating by Westcoat.Hats off to Jeff Bach of Bach Custom Coatings of Oregon City, Oregon, for being the concrete highlight of the recent Street of Dreams, an annual showcase of new luxury homes in Portland that was held this past summer. This was the third Street of Dreams Bach has participated in.

Editors
Oct 2, 2017
Sculpted Hillside is Home to a Serene Pool Deck

High end pool deck lit by night lights and a glowing fire pit.When we think of sculpting, most of us probably picture statues or abstract artistic shapes, not a combination of walls and steps and terraces that enhance the natural surroundings. Yet that is what the sculpting of a hillside is … shaping the landscape into an attractive blend of man-made and natural elements.

Chris Mayo
Dec 31, 2011
Choosing the Right Vacuum Cleaner

Pulse-bac vacuum cleaner.For many contractors, a shop or industrial vacuum may be an afterthought. At the very least, you may not put a whole lot of time into choosing the vacuum that specifically fits your company's needs.

Chris Mayo
Nov 10, 2010
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: Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, IUPUI

The hardscape around the Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center at 535 Barnhill Drive is a beautiful addition to the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus.

Editors
Concrete Streetscapes in Carmel Improve Safety

In 2011, the city of Carmel, Indiana, revamped its major roadway, the Keystone Parkway, as part of a multiphase project to lower the grade under six major intersections. This created new interchanges and no traffic lights for north-south traffic over a five-mile stretch, while six new roundabouts managed east-west traffic.

Vanessa Salvia
Aug 6, 2015
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