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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.

Lead Generation SaaS: A new method to find customers

Lead Generation SaaS: A new method to find customersFinding potential customers and successfully reaching them is a long and difficult process for most companies. Marketing actions businesses can take to create and build interest in a product or service make up lead-generation strategies.

Mathieu Picard
Oct 9, 2017
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Follow the Duck and You'll Find Lunch

French kindergarten features concrete paths with wayfinding paw printsAs part of a public kindergarten renovation project in Villemomble, France, the town approached Eqiom Bétons to present samples of finishing possibilities for the Joseph Gallieni School’s outside pathways. And, in the end, the project turned out just ducky.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 10, 2017
Mechanical engineer chooses concrete over current job

Joshua Thiel, Thiel Studios, Palm Beach, FloridaFor as long as he can remember, Joshua Thiel has had a passion for creating and building while also finding innovative solutions to problems. After going to school for mechanical engineering and spending years fabricating and learning how to work with different materials, it seemed like a natural fit to dive into concrete.

Jacqueline Valle
Oct 10, 2017
Decorative Concrete Tips: The Inside Scoop on Concrete Countertops

Kitchen concrete countertop creates a unique look around a stoveConcrete countertop tips and tricks shared with you from the experts.

Editors
Oct 13, 2003
Faux Rock Features Roll Out Exciting New Opportunities for Concrete

Custom faux rock water feature takes this pool scene to the next level.Synthetic rock is commonplace at theme parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, resorts, hotels and many other places — and there’s a growing demand for residential applications.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Aug 15, 2001
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
Decorative Concrete Restoration Contest Winners

Polished Concrete Images, a division of K. Johnson Construction Inc., Sauk Rapids, Minn., for the Eich Motor Co. luxury auto dealership showroom in St. Cloud, Minn.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.

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From Concrete Mountains to Concrete Mine Shafts, Lakeland Makes it all

Maintenance is minimal on outdoor concrete waterfalls. The UV light is the most damaging.Near Lake Tahoe, a 24-foot tall mountain gushing numerous waterfalls, pools, and a meandering stream winding through the grounds. On the side of the mountain you can see an old, abandoned mineshaft with a rusted railcar on the siding. Birds fly from tree branch to streamside as water gently splashes over rocks. It certainly looks and sounds real, but it's not.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Jul 7, 2003
Adding Color and Texture to Concrete Skateparks

Skate board rider using a large concrete tube in a Waldport, Oregon, skate park. Concrete has been colored and textured.Airspeed Skateparks’ work was featured on the cover of last year’s World of Concrete issue. Since that time they have started incorporating both color and texture into their work, and decorative concrete has become a valuable extension of their skate park design services.

Editors
Dec 2, 2003
Fundamentals of Business: Giving Your Business the Flexibility It Needs to Thrive

Contractor using a power trowel to finish a concrete slab.In the free enterprise system, competition selects out businesses that don’t adapt to change or events they can’t plan on. To thrive within this system, your decorative concrete business must maintain a high degree of flexibility.

Jacob Webb
Oct 21, 2012
Choosing the Best Mixer for Your Countertop Concrete

Choosing the right mixer for casting countertops, sinks and the like is an important element of getting the results you want. The mixer must deliver a workable and consistent mix, in the quantity you need, at a speed that allows you to work profitably.Choosing the right mixer for casting countertops, sinks and the like is an important element of getting the results you want. The mixer must deliver a workable and consistent mix, in the quantity you need, at a speed that allows you to work profitably.

Steven Miller
Aug 2, 2013
Contractor Works His Magic While Facility Conducts Business as Usual

contractors pouring concrete near pool

K. Schipper
Acid Stain Jobs Don't Get Much Bigger Than This

terracotta stained concrete high rise residential development in Zapopan Photos courtesy of Joe Maty Rinconada Margaritas, Zapopan, Mexico larger architectural concrete exterior

Massive, huge, humongous— pick your superlative, as any or all can be applied to the Rinconada Margaritas high-rise residential development in Zapopan, Mexico.

Joe Maty
Jan 10, 2017
How Do Concrete Stamping Contractors Handle Maintenance

Sealing a stamped concrete slab with an O logo from Ohio State acrylic stained in red.Throughout my years as a contractor, we made it mandatory at the end of each project to send a care sheet with the final bill and receipt. In this care sheet we included the following information on formal letterhead:

Jason Geiser
Dec 31, 2011
The Case of the Disappearing Color: Troubleshooting Topically Colored Polished Concrete

I was recently asked to troubleshoot issues on a polished concrete floor that failed to show vivid color, even after all the usual right steps were taken.I was recently asked to troubleshoot issues on a polished concrete floor that failed to show vivid color, even after all the usual right steps were taken. It was “The Case of the Disappearing Color.”

Jennifer A. Faller
Jul 1, 2013
Soy-based Concrete Stains an Alternative to Acid Stain

SoyCrete is also used in vertical applications, as seen on this exterior concrete wall.SoyCrete is also used in vertical applications, as seen on this exterior wall.

Editors
Jan 25, 2007
How an Elegant Radius Staircase Was Created Step by Step

A play by play on an exquisite set of radius steps that was connected to a 3,000 square foot veranda outside a 21,000 square foot home.

Bart Sacco
Feb 12, 2002
11 Proven Concrete Color Recipes

Oyster White/Sandstone Color-Texture Combination concrete color recipeStep-by-step instructions and useful tips from people in the industry who have experimented enough to know what works.

Editors
May 1, 2007
Successful Resurfacing: Going From Good to Great

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 11, 2011
Feature Stories: Seeding Floors

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
The Science of Slim: 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.

Amy Johnson
Nov 16, 2008
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