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Where Have All the (Skilled) Workers Gone?

Where Have All the (Skilled) Workers Gone?Having had the opportunity to travel this great nation from coast to coast and visiting many places in between, I’ve heard a common statement about the current state of the construction marketplace in general and the decorative marketplace in particular. Sometimes it is uttered as a rhetorical question.

Greg Iannone
Dec 8, 2017
WOC 2018: Mall of Concrete is Shaping Up

WOC 2018: Mall of Concrete is Shaping UpVisitors to World of Concrete 2018 in Las Vegas Jan. 23-26 will have a chance to get better acquainted with a unique form of, well … concrete forms. The Omaha, Nebraska-based Fox Blocks, a division of Airlite Plastics Co., will provide the wall system for the Mall of Concrete at Decorative Concrete LIVE!

K. Schipper
Dec 8, 2017
Dan Lynch Concrete Floors Marrero, Louisiana

Dan Lynch Concrete Floors Marrero, LouisianaDan Lynch, a concrete artisan known for his concrete floors that look like wood, grew up in Southern Louisiana, near New Orleans, with five sisters, three brothers and a father who did concrete work. In his N’awlins drawl, Lynch says he’s “53 years young,” and he’s the only one of his siblings who still does concrete work.

Vanessa Salvia
Dec 11, 2017
Artisan in Concrete: Mike Denny, Artistic Concrete Surfaces

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Dec 19, 2012
The Institute for American Craftsmanship

Peeling up a stencil of a company logo on concrete.A new training school in Oregon joins others around the country in promoting excellence in the trades.

Rosemary Camozzi
Dec 1, 2003
Cookie Cutter type Aluminum Stamps for Concrete

Cookie cutter type aluminum stamps for concrete maintain precise joint lines.“Cookie Cutters”  stamps offer unique characteristics and advantages not found among other stamping systems. In talking to various contractors who use aluminum stamps regularly, Concrete Decor found several valid reasons today’s concrete contractors should consider the aluminum stamps as a valuable tool for decorative concrete applications.

Gil Santistevan, a Master in Crafting Decorative Concrete

Stamping integrally colored concrete driveway apron.It’s more dainty, more elegant, like between silk and cloth with hard-eners. The grays and browns last forever. He also likes to sprinkle color on top of the concrete with a brush to create freckles, just like real stones offer. 

Bob Graham
Feb 6, 2001
Geo-illusions: Synthetic Rock Features

GFRC rock made from panels that were molded from natural stone.Glass-fiber reinforced concrete and other materials can be molded to make rock structures so natural-looking, even Mother Nature will be fooled.

Amy Johnson
Dec 10, 2007
It's Time to CARE About Sales Silence

The sound of silence represents the ability to truly hear what prospects are saying. Small child drawing a chart with chalk on a blackboard.

Shhhh… Close your eyes and don’t make a sound. The sound of silence is the sound of sales increasing substantially for you and your company. The sound of silence represents the ability to truly hear what prospects are saying, before worrying about your next statement. It also represents the lack of time salespeople spend honing their sales skills

Ken Lundin
Going Vertical with Cementitious Overlays

Vertically carved concrete overlay that takes on the look of soft brick in muted earth tone colors.Overlays aren’t just for floors anymore. Take your stamping, stenciling and other artistic techniques and put ‘em on the wall.

David Thompson
Mar 7, 2004
Moisture and its Effect on Polished Concrete Finishes

Moisture and its Effects on Polished Concrete

All things in polished concrete relate to physics and chemistry. With that in mind, let’s look at how moisture interacts with concrete and polishing chemicals, with an additional focus on efflorescence.

Jennifer A. Faller
Best in Color: A university dining center impresses in L. M. Scofield's annual contest

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Concrete Veneer Panels Make ICFs Rock

A concrete stone like veneer being placed on the outside of an old brick fireplace. For contractors who want a rock finish on the exterior of an ICF structure, M a variety of panelized stone veneer systems and interlocking structural insulated home-building panel systems are available.

K. Schipper
Apr 1, 2015
The Basic Principles of Crack Repair on Concrete Slabs

Cracked concrete walkA how-to guide on fixing or repairing cracks in concrete.

Dec 23, 2004
Choosing a Nonslip Additive for Your Floor Coating

Don't Slip,
Get a Grip

Choosing a nonslip additive for your floor coating


Peter Collins
Apr 30, 2013
A Look at Concrete Power Trowels

The 24-inch Stone Smooth Operator Trowel is an edger trowel that features a Reader Service 47 rotating edger ring to finish along walls or other obstructions without scuffing or gouging.Learn how walk-behind trowels can improve an operator's comfort, control and flat finishes.

Sep 9, 2006
Preventative Concrete Coatings Contractors Can Use to Avoid Graffiti

If graffiti will be a common threat to a decorative wall, a special anti-graffiti sealer will protect the work, both from spray paint and from the removers that dissolve it.Protective coatings may not deter graffiti artists, but they’ll make cleanup a lot easier.

John Strieder
May 4, 2005
Concrete Color Maintenance System by NewLook Coatings and Stains

Concrete Color Maintenance System by NewLook penetrates the surface to stain almost any surfaceThe Concrete Color Maintenance System, from Newlook Coatings and Stains, is a solid-color, water-based stain that penetrates the surface of porous concrete to stain it to almost any color desired. “It’s like integralcolored concrete, only more perfectly colored,” says Sonny Baird, a partner in Newlook.

Jun 28, 2004
Artisan in Concrete: Brian Olson, Cemrock Landscapes Inc., Tucson, Ariz.

You might think that rappelling from cliffs, learning about orangutan habitats and studying the prehistoric skeleton of a triceratops are activities without much relevance to decorative concrete.

Kelly O'Brien
Feb 11, 2011
Artisan in Concrete: Concrete Oasis, Malvern, Pa.

In the Main Line region of suburban Philadelphia, Jim Bernardine and his staff have been satisfying residents’ thirst for quality decorative concrete over the last decade and a half.

Kelly O'Brien
Sep 15, 2009
The Upside of Overlays

For contractors and clients looking to improve an existing slab, fix failing concrete or just put some extra decorative oomph onto a surface, cementitious overlays are tops.

Elizabeth Gillette
Feb 13, 2009