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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.

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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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.

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Jun 13, 2017
Concrete Contractor Installs Wall-to-Wall Penny Floor

A floor covered in pennies and then sealed with epoxy.After installing a stamped and colored concrete driveway in Minnesota, Concrete Science was approached by his client’s neighbor and complimented on a job well done. As luck would have it, during the conversation the man asked if Villella did epoxy work. He said yes and the talk turned to something the man had always wanted: a wall-to-wall penny floor.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 26, 2017
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Creating Color Designs with Rachel Knigge-Bruce's Stencils
Steven H. Miller, CDT
Feb 19, 2012
School's Courtyard Maps Provide a Decorative Concrete Perspective

Stenciled concrete map of the United States

Large maps in the school’s three outdoor courtyards give the elementary students some perspective of the world, our country and their state.

Vanessa Salvia
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Fast Install in Old Building Pushes Contractor to the Limit Weight Watchers International Corporate Offices, Manhattan, N.Y.

Concrete floor with cementitious overlays

Joe Maty
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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
A Polished Look

Adding metal machine gears to a concrete slab prior to polishing can reveal amazing effects in the final polished concrete floor project.Polishing colored concrete creates an easy-care, lustrous floor.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Polished, Stamped And Stained Concrete for Microbrewery Facilities

Polished concrete brewery floor

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
How to Avoid Streaks on Concrete When Using Colored Release Powder

streaks on grey concrete floor

Chris Sullivan
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Perseverance Pays Off: Concrete Innovations by Hallack, Turlock, Calif.

Concrete floor stained and etched with a rising sun and grapes.As the owner of Concrete Innovations by Hallack, a small company that specializes in restoring concrete floors, Julio Hallack is a dedicated student of what’s underfoot.

David Thompson
Oct 3, 2004
Meet 3 Concrete Inspired Artists

Meet three Concrete Inspired Artists who love working with concrete.Check out what these folks have done with “boring old concrete.” A new stamping pattern, a really cool countertop or an unusual color effect always draws an excited crowd at a concrete training school or trade show.

Rosemary Camozzi
Jun 2, 2003
Concrete Inspired Art by Carole Vincent

Carole Vincent sculpted a piece of concrete into an artistic expression for a garden. Round bottomed piece with two people rising from the outside.Carole Vincent lives in Cornwall, England, in a house overlooking the sea. Her father was a concrete contractor and she grew up around the trade, originally working with concrete as a building material and then turning to more artistic uses for her favorite medium.

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Jun 1, 2003
The Elements of Design: The Vitality of Line

Concrete in Louisianna State Museum - Concrete Decor MagazineThere is a famous paperback called “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. Many writers treasure it as a guide to writing clearly and succinctly while avoiding common grammatical errors. The handbook itself is a model of clarity.

Gaye Goodman
Helping Decorative Concrete Survive the Winter

 

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Fundamentals of Business: The Science of Setting the Right Price for Your Services

Jacob Webb
Fundamentals of Business
Dec 20, 2012
Architectural Bridge Honors Native Americans

Gold Line Light-Rail Bridge, Arcadia, California

Joe Maty
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Action at the World of Concrete 2003

Example of a cementitious topping on a concrete slab that was then polished.World of Concrete 2003 delighted the attendees with all aspects of decorative concrete from polishing to stamping and everything in between.

Editors
Mar 1, 2003
Recognizing Artistry: The 2011 ASCC DCC Awards

The Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, St. Louis, Mo., has announced the winners of its third annual decorative concrete awards competition.

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Feb 11, 2011
Carlton's Corner: Getting an Early Start on a Profitable Spring

For some in the decorative concrete industry, this spring can’t come too early. The doldrums of winter take a toll not only on the pocketbook, but also on our creative juices as artists and promoters.

Doug Carlton
Feb 19, 2012
Customer Service

Contractors share customer-service tips that help make their businesses successful.

Wendy Ardolino
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