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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.

Vertical Carving Artist Creates Themed Spaces

Vertical Concrete Creations from Nampa, IdahoBeing in the construction industry his whole life, Dion Battles made the unsurprising leap to decorative concrete, specifically the vertical carving and theming part of the industry, after the nationwide recession hit the residential building industry hard in 2007. 

Jacqueline Valle
Jul 24, 2017
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Why Metallic Floors Continue to be Popular

Why Metallic Floors Continue to be PopularAs metallic coatings grow in popularity, the competition is heating up. Bear in mind that the key to a mesmerizing metallic floor is the artist behind it.

Jon Kopp
Jul 24, 2017
Concrete Flooring Restoration Highlights Sanctuary's Conversion

The First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, University City, MissouriBuilt in Missouri in 1927, the First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis’ sanctuary was recently renovated to modernize its look and feel, while preserving its historic Gothic style. Improvements to the sanctuary’s floor, specifically two rectangular sections under the pews, were vital to this upgrade. 

Erik Pisor
Jul 24, 2017
New Elephant Armor Overlay is Touted as Being Crack-Free

Elephant ArmorGST International Inc. is best known for its concrete cleaners and sealers, but the company has been working on developing the ultimate cementitious overlay for a decade and a half. They think they’ve finally cracked the case.

John Strieder
Jan 1, 2014
A Leader in Decorative Concrete: Bomanite Corporation

Early in the imprinting concrete era, Brad Bowman walks on an early concrete stamp made of metal.Bomanite Corporation has been a leader in the decorative concrete industry for more than half a century. What began as a small company with a single vision has now grown into a worldwide organization that offers its franchise partners five separate licensing programs: Imprint, Toppings, Polishing, Precast and Grasscrete.

Aug 27, 2005
Manufacturer Profile: Super Stone Inc. Opa-locka, Fla.

Wood grain concrete stain created here to look like actual wood.John Buhler started a business in 1961 with a tiny office, a modest warehouse and terrazzo flooring as his business lifeblood. More than 40 years later, his wife and daughter are carrying out his legacy in the form of the widely-renowned decorative concrete operation known as Super Stone, Inc.

Jeff Woodard
Jun 5, 2004
Quick Draw Design & Layout Tool for Concrete

Tool that holds concrete so that a concrete contractor can design onto the surface that will be engraved.Artists can use Quick Draw to create large and highly detailed designs comfortably from a standing position. For detailed drawing, the chalk-holder piece of the assembly, called simply Quick Draw, can be removed and used alone.

Aug 1, 2007
Tsunami-inspired concrete art

Empowering Children a piece of concrete art created by Steven Ochs and Gerald Taylor at the World of Concrete 2005Steven Ochs and Gerald Taylor, hoping to inspire others to lend a helping hand to tsunami victims, created this concrete composition that shows the power and determination of children everywhere.

May 10, 2005
Cheng Concrete announces 2013 winners of kitchen and bath sink contest

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
Can Concrete Fly? The Concrete Frisbee Put to the Test

Concrete frisbee was put to the test at the ASCE ConferenceAt a recent symposium sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, students from 17 universities took part in a contest to see which team could come up with the best flying disc — made of concrete.

Jun 3, 2004
Colormaker Workshop Lights Creative Fires

Colormaker workshop in Eugene, Oregon, group photo of class.Check out the photos from Colormaker Floors’ workshop at the Institute for American Craftsmanship.

Jan 6, 2005
How to Learn the Basics of Stamping Concrete

A concrete construction worker apply concrete stamping mats and using a concrete tamper to make sure the stamp impression is perfect.Want to get in on the action of stamping concrete? Here’s what you need to know to get started.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Mar 2, 2004
Ask Concrete Decor: Acid Staining, Powder Release Agents and More

Ask Concrete Decor a question, have it answered.Need to have a decorative concrete question answered? Ask it!

I am new to acid staining and would like to know the best floor prep for staining on old and new concrete?

Feb 11, 2001
Marketing Budgeting: Identify goals and tactics to set up success for 2017

yellow and black target with bullseyeIt’s time to plan for 2017 and put together the marketing plan and budget. While you may be trained in the latest technologies, processes and equipment, chances are you don’t have any formal education in the latest marketing trends and techniques. 

Kimberly Kayler, CPSM
Color Makes The World Go 'Round: Using the Color Wheel to Make Concrete Color Choices

color wheelA color wheel is a wonderful tool to help make color choices because it allows you to see the relationship between colors, and to mix and match them at a glance.

Dec 4, 2001
Decorative concrete makeover at SAY Sí earns a resounding 'Yes!'

The transformative projects were part of the 2012 Concrete Decor Show — which also featured the creation of a colossal concrete dinosaur.

Emily Dixon
Apr 19, 2012
Flattooing: The Art of "Tattooing" Images to a Concrete Surface

Flattoo design available from Surface Gel TekSurface Gel Tek (SGT) has introduced a new process called Flattooing, the art of tattooing images into flat concrete surfaces. The Flattoo process uses Flattoos — vinyl adhesive designs — and Tek Gel for Stenciling Micro Etch.

Oct 3, 2003
Artisan in Concrete: Dominick Cardone, The Concrete Impressionist Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y.

Starting a business is a challenging process no matter what the circumstances.

Kelly O'Brien
Jan 7, 2011
Artisan in Concrete: Todd Rose Decorative Concrete Inc., Lincoln, Neb.

Only a couple of years old, this upstart is already attracting attention to its colorful work in the Cornhusker State. 

Kelly O'Brien
Oct 6, 2010
Art and Design Concrete, Clovis, Calif.

It took a serious automobile accident to steer these contractors in the right direction for their business. But once they found the way, they were off.

David Searls