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The Power of Diamond Grit

Upgrade to Lavina propane and electric concrete grinders One of the largest lighting manufacturers in North America has recently moved its product development to a 132,000-square-foot building in Atlanta, Georgia, and the company chose polished concrete as the most cost-efficient and easy to maintain flooring option.

How to gauge grinders for polished concrete jobs

Before purchasing a grinding/polishing machine, polished concrete contractors must determine what types of jobs they are seeking -- smaller custom-design projects or larger-volume ones.Before purchasing a grinding/polishing machine, polished concrete contractors must determine what types of jobs they are seeking — smaller custom-design projects or larger-volume ones.

Joe Maty
May 26, 2017
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Got Slurry?

Upgrade to Lavina propane and electric concrete grinders If you're doing anything with polishing, drilling or sawing concrete these days, you're likely already using water in your processes. Those hedging on not using wet processes are staring straight at a mandate from OSHA that requires contractors to reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica.

Concrete Polishing & Grinding Equipment Specification Report

Best concrete polishing machine to buy or purchase. How to pick the best machine.Know your business and you’ll know what kind of equipment fits your needs. Find the information you need to know in Concrete Decor's Polishing & Grinding Specification Report.

Jun 13, 2017
OSHA's New Respirable Crystalline Silica Regulations Do Not Impact All Decorative Concrete Products

OSHA standards for silica dust protection has changed and not all concrete contractors will be effected. - Photo from Concrete Decor archivesChris Sullivan discusses the new OSHA respirable crystalline silica regulation and how it may not impact all decorative concrete products.

Chris Sullivan
May 26, 2017
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Geostrata Terraces at Pleasure Point Park

Santa Cruz rock feature with fossils made from concrete.In 2008, the California Coastal Commission approved the beautification of Pleasure Point Park, a surfing and ocean-watching spot near Santa Cruz. The project required collaboration between various government and private entities — designers, engineers and consultants.

Chris Mayo
Project Profile
Oct 21, 2012
Adding Integral Color to Concrete on the Job Site

Integrally colored concrete with an impurity makes an unattractive slab.Achieving color consistency requires careful planning and attention. Here are some tips.

Gail Elber
Dec 2, 2003
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High-Octane Vibe: Polished Concrete in Harley Davidson Dealership

Polished Concrete in Harley Davidson Dealership

Joe Maty
Project Profile
The Four Types of Overlays and How to Choose One

David Blasdel
Dec 31, 2011
Precast Concrete with Curiosity, Artistry and Innovation

Green precast concrete fireplace mantle in a beautiful living room with light woodwork.Curiosity: Stay eternally curious about better methods, collaborative opportunities and advances in sustainability.
Artistry: Remember that concrete is an artisan’s canvas.
Innovation: Employ state-of-the-art techniques to achieve a very dense and reliable concrete product.

Chris Mayo
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Jul 9, 2012
Don't Let Ghosting Haunt Your Concrete Work

discolored concrete after applying acrylic finishMy contractor placed blue painter’s tape on the concrete for a few days to mark the placement of cabinetry. The tape was removed and the concrete was sealed with two coats of 25 percent solids acrylic sealer and two coats of acrylic finish. A few days later the concrete was discolored and had evidence of where the tape had been placed. No surface damage to the concrete was evident.

Chris Sullivan
Concrete Questions
How to Choose a Concrete Casting Surface

Corian concrete casting surfaces.

Jeremy French
Concrete Casting
Tip: Repair cracks in the substrate first to avoid cracks in your overlay

Before attempting to cover concrete with any type of product you must repair the cracks in the surface or they will show through.Most cracks in a substrate will telegraph through overlays if not prepared properly, so spend the extra time and dollars to prep the area correctly. If you repair problem areas prior to installing an overlay you will minimize the chances of cracks in your overlay.

Brian Vicari
Nov 5, 2005
Overlay Tops Gypcrete at Alex and Ani Jewelry Store

overlay a concrete floor over gypcrete

Chris Mayo
Project Profile
Slip Resistance for Concrete Flooring

Slip resistant concrete pool deckMake your concrete surfaces not only beautiful but safe to walk on as well.

Gareth Fenley
Aug 18, 2002
Beyond the Kit: Outdoor Kitchens in Cold Climates

An inviting outdoor kitchen with concrete countertops and a stamped concrete patio in a cold climate.Outdoor kitchens are a popular request no matter where you live, but typically when you read a book or see a television show featuring outdoor kitchens, the contractor is doing them in a warm climate.

Jason Geiser
Apr 19, 2012
Prepping Your Finished Concrete Surface for a Sealer

How to fix cloudy sealer on concrete surfaces.

Surface preparation is a commonly used term in the decorative concrete industry. An argument can be made that it might even just be the most used term in the industry. We hear or read about it most often when dealing with overlays and stains. Grind, scarify, acid etch, etc.

Chris Sullivan
Trowel & Error
Apr 9, 2011
Decorative Concrete Tips: Hand-held Pump Garden Sprayer

Using a garden sprayer from a local hardware store takes staining to the next levelHere’s a great garden sprayer that Marvin Dodson at Rare Earth Labs was recently using while demonstrating the use of his acid etch stain products.

Marvin Dodson
Oct 15, 2001
Stamping Concrete the Old-Fashioned Way

How to stamp concrete without texture mats or texture skins.

Unique Concrete, a family-run business out of West Milford, N.J., stamps concrete without the stamp and texture mats of today. Instead, they use old-fashioned tools to create a layer of what they call “cast-in-place concrete tile or stone.”

Todd Fisher
Sep 4, 2012
Decorative Applications for Pervious Concrete

A street curb backing up to pervious concrete in a brick red color.Pervious concrete, increasingly in demand for its environmental benefits, takes on color.

Michael Chusid and Nick Paris
Jan 23, 2006
Concrete Restorations 2006

From indoor pools to backyard fountains, the winners of Concrete Decor's first annual Concrete Restoration contest gave faded concrete a new lease on life.

Potawot Health Village

Is it redwood or is it concrete? A Sacramento contractor creates a Native American health center with reactive-stained walls

John Strieder
Commercial Projects

The new horizon for decorative concrete.