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Stripping Concrete Before Resealing Yields the Best Results

There are several common approaches to removing acrylic sealer and none of them are easy. Each of these options will work -- eventually -- but there are pros and cons to weigh.Anything worth doing is worth doing right. Don’t cut corners and expect quality results. These may sound like clichés designed to get folks to toe the line but more often than not, I’ve found them to be absolutely true.

Craig Coppersmith, P.E.
Apr 23, 2018
Concrete: Guaranteed to Crack

concrete does crackConcrete is going to crack and contractors should be prepared to handle certain issues when they happen.

David Stephenson
Apr 16, 2018
Choosing the Best Blade for the Concrete Task

Engrave a crete saw grooving concreteDiamonds may be forever in jewelry and James Bond movies, but when it comes to the workaday world, not so much. If they were, a good diamond saw blade could be passed on from father to son.

K. Schipper
Apr 13, 2018
Concrete helps architect Fu-Tung Cheng make a perfect cup of tea

Purple concrete countertop in a Berkeley, California, tea house made by Fu-Tung Cheng.Berkeley architect Fu-Tung Cheng combines ancient custom with modern design.

John Strieder
Mar 4, 2003
How You Can Grow Your Concrete Business Beyond Your Local Area

Muted yellow stained concrete overlay in a long hallway with a black swirl design prominently down the center.Veteran contractor Rick Smith shares his expertise on how you can grow your business beyond your local area.

Richard Smith
May 6, 2005
A Concrete Tree Celebrates the Branches of a Family-Owned Business

Steven Ochs Smith Paints concrete treeBeing next door to the Artistry in Concrete competition at the World of Concrete 2015, Steven Ochs knew he had to bring his A game to the Smith Paint Products booth. Ochs, a decorative concrete artisan and chairman of the department of art and design for Southern Arkansas University, presented several designs to the Brunners, owners of the family-run business. 

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
How to Store Partially-used Concrete Sealers

Two men using a concrete sealer to finish off a beautiful outdoor decorative concrete patio.One-part concrete sealer products are easily stored for reuse in the future. Of course, you want to avoid foreign contaminants, so don’t pour back into the container what you may have portioned off unless you strain the used material first.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Jul 3, 2005
A Concrete Bench in the Shape of a Whale's Tail

A Concrete Bench in the Shape of a Whale's Tail.Jenkins offered a rock bench as a gesture of friendship, but the biologist wouldn’t accept it without his wife’s approval. Turns out, the wife desired a bench in the shape of a whale’s tail.

Vanessa Salvia
Apr 1, 2015
Long Range Planning: A Challenging but Essential Task for Business Owners

A man looking through binoculars at a pink skyline.Preparing for one, two or ten years down the road is equally important as your plans for today, tomorrow, or next week's jobs.

Bruce Hackett
Feb 5, 2002
A Decorative Concrete Supply Store Dazzles With Its New Showroom

The front entrance of The Rental Branch has been transformed with decorative concrete.Mike Branch, owner of The Rental Branch in St. Joseph, Mich., had a vision to create the most concentrated display of decorative concrete anywhere. Mission accomplished. Mostly finished as of late 2010, it’s been nearly a year in the making, though it felt more like 10 years.

Lori Zecca
Jan 7, 2011
Polyurea Floor Coatings: Quick, Tough and Beautiful

Motorcycle sits upon a polyurea coated floor in a showroom.Tough, quick to set, and low in solvents, polyureas require only one coat and get the job done fast.

Loretta Hall
Nov 5, 2005
Create Unique Designs by Seeding Concrete Floors

Place decorative aggregate by hand instead of mixing it in, and beauty is just a stone's throw away.Place decorative aggregate by hand instead of mixing it in, and beauty is just a stone’s throw away.

Sue Marquette Poremba
Apr 9, 2010
Cutting Pictures in Concrete with Diamonds - Colorado Hardscapes

Colorado Hardscapes cut this design in concrete with a diamond blade and ground it down for the desired affectShown is integrally colored concrete with brass letters placed in the surface. Work done by Coloradao Hardscapes.

Editors
Aug 18, 2003
Sorting Out Responsibility When New Work Fails

Problems with stamped concrete can be a challenge for contractors.When a problem occurs with a recently installed decorative concrete job, who is responsible? I understand that this is a loaded question, and there are lots of factors to consider, but the question still stands.

Chris Sullivan
May 31, 2009
Starting Small: Building Concrete Rails and Doors

If a contractor is intimidated by the leap from slabs and tops to entire decorative concrete houses, he or she might try Steve Kornher's techniques on architectural details such as railings or doors.If a contractor is intimidated by the leap from slabs and tops to entire decorative concrete houses, he or she might try Steve Kornher’s techniques on architectural details such as railings or doors.

Editors
Nov 2, 2009
Carved Vertical Concrete Old-World Wine Cellar

Old world wine cellar made of concrete that was carved out of concreteMost cellars consist of pretty straightforward temperature control and wine-racking systems but Nathan Giffin, owner of Creative Rock Forming and the creative powerhouse behind a recent wine cellar project in Naperville, Ill., has rather a different idea of what a private wine cellar can be.

Kelly O'Brien
Oct 9, 2011
Shotcrete Design Tips: Getting it Right

There are a number of principles that come into play when designing a landscape, including proportion, unity, balance and rhythm. These principles should also be considered when incorporating faux rock into a landscape setting.There are a number of principles that come into play when designing a landscape, including proportion, unity, balance and rhythm. These principles should also be considered when incorporating faux rock into a landscape setting.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Apr 21, 2006
Why You Should Integrate Infographics Into Your Marketing

Lately, it seems that you can’t read an online article or browse social media without coming across an infographic. Considered one of the most powerful marketing tools in use today, is it just a trend that will soon be on the way out or is there more than meets the eye to this form of visual media?

Lindsay Chelf
Nov 15, 2016
Decorative Concrete in the Greater Indianapolis Area: Automobile Museum in Auburn Replaces Waxed Floor with Polished System

Dancer’s company, Dancer Concrete Design, offered another solution to waxing the scuffed-up floor in the events center — polished concrete.

Vanessa Salvia
From the Publisher's Desk Feb/March 2015

Each new edition of Concrete Decor provides invaluable insights and perspective from our industry columnists. The magazine also contains focuses on projects that constantly aim to unlock the best practices for turning ordinary concrete into finishes that challenge traditional building and finishing methods.

Bent Mikkelsen
Feb 2, 2015
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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