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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.

Remediating Moisture in Concrete Doesn't have to be Complicated

Water Problem?Moisture problems in concrete slabs old and new can play havoc with decorative concrete projects and other flooring strata in several ways, including bubbling, blistering and blushing of color. It’s commonly an interior problem because breathable products that reduce the threat are more commonly used in exterior applications.

David Searls
Jul 31, 2017
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Schools and Public Facilities Weigh the Benefits of Polished Concrete

Schools and Public Facilities Weigh the Benefits of Polished ConcreteEvery year, schools and municipalities spend millions of dollars replacing old worn-out carpet and vinyl composite tiles. The cost of replacing these traditional flooring materials is quite expensive and in most cases not at all green. For the past several years facilities are looking at polished concrete as an option.

David Swindle II
Aug 7, 2017
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
Reactive Stain Effects on Concrete Using Household Items

Ironite is a brand of fertilizer that is composed of primarily iron sulfate in a clay granule.In fact, it was recommended that we avoid promoting this product and, if we had to sell it, that the variegated results should be disguised by buffing with a colored wax.

Michael Miller
Jun 5, 2012
Consider a Pressure Washer for Concrete

Pressure washers are an excellent choice for the tool box to clean concrete efficiently.The pressure washer is one of the most useful and versatile tools available to the decorative concrete contractor. As with most tools of the trade, a pressure washer in the hands of a pro becomes a magic wand, while in the hands of a novice it can ruin your newly created surface.

Andy Fulton
Jan 12, 2006
10 Tips to Have a More Successful Concrete Business

Concrete Decor magazine 100th issueIf your business is operating smoothly, you may not think some of the things you do every day have contributed to your success because they seem so basic. But when you encounter a business that doesn’t do some of these fundamental things, you may discover how important simple day-to-day acts and decisions are.

Jul 5, 2015
Color Repairs Explained in Black and White

shiny brown polished floorOver the last few months I’ve had multiple projects with issues related to color. I feel it will benefit Concrete Decor readers to understand the process for corrections as well as some simple tips and tricks for achieving desired results.

David Stephenson
The Torpedo Groover for Concrete Control Joints

Torpedo Groover for concrete slab control joints.The Torpedo Groover from SLIP INDUSTRIES is a 56” long, machine tooled, high grade aluminum groover. This groover cuts an initial straight control joint 1½” deep in freshly placed concrete every time. 

Feb 1, 2001
How Using Admixtures in Concrete Work Saves Time and Money

Admixtures are an important part of a concrete mix design here a ready mix truck driver is adding an admixture to his load.Discover ways admixtures can improve concrete's ultimate durability and strength and make it easier to work with.

Cindy Grawl
Apr 1, 2002
Favorite Photos from World of Concrete 2005

Staining and coloring concrete making an image of a concrete contractor using a grinder at World of Concrete 2005A few of Concrete Decor's favortie photos from World of Concrete 2005

Mar 11, 2005
Concrete Veneer Panels Make ICFs Rock

A concrete stone like veneer being placed on the outside of an old brick fireplace. For contractors who want a rock finish on the exterior of an ICF structure, M a variety of panelized stone veneer systems and interlocking structural insulated home-building panel systems are available.

K. Schipper
Apr 1, 2015
Concrete Overlays are Limited Only by the Boundaries We Create

Step by step process of an overlay concrete floor with acid etch stainA step by step process of an overlay concrete floor with an acid etch stain process.

Mar 17, 2003
Densifiers for Moisture Management: Letter to the Editor

Densified concrete that has been polished to a beautiful finish.Your article, “Densifiers: Moisture management and a whole lot more” (Aug/Sept 2005), by Susan Brimo-Cox, is informative and brings to your audience useful information on the fastest-growing treatment for concrete flooring.

Darryl Manuel
Dec 2, 2005
How to use GFRC after the Batch is Mixed

Glass-fiber reinforced concrete, how to mix and use GFRCIn the June/July issue of Concrete Decor magazine, we covered how to put together three kinds of mixes of glass-fiber reinforced concrete. This time, we’re going to show you how to apply the GFRC after you’ve prepared it.

Brandon Gore
Aug 11, 2008
Decorative concrete booms across the Atlantic

Colored concrete medusa sculpture vertical placement on wallThe interest for decorative concrete is reaching new heights all over the world, and with this comes a need for education and training. Many countries are looking to the United States for products, information and support.

John Anderson
Feb 13, 2009
Grow Your Concrete Business with Customer Service

Referrals from satisfied customers will propel you to the top.

Richard Nutthall
Aug 10, 2005
Artisan in Concrete: Amedeo Cilli, Concrete Concepts of New Jersey Inc.

Hackensack, N.J.

Natasha Chilingerian
Jun 5, 2012
How to Measure RH in Concrete

RH measurements in concrete

Jason Spangler
Carlton's Corner: Sealers On The Brain

We have been hitting this sealer problem head on in this column because this is what your feedback has asked for. I recently had the chance to visit with Bert Adams of Glaze 'N Seal to get his input on what is happening with this industry.

Doug Carlton
Aug 8, 2009
Rockview House, Santa Cruz, Calif.

Take an older home on the beach in need of radical change. Add a designer and a concrete contractor, both of whom are comfortable thinking outside the box. Give them carte blanche and as much time as they need. Allow their creative juices to simmer. What do you get? A dramatic award-winning remodel project that screams individuality.

Chris Mayo
Feb 11, 2011
What to Do When Decorative Concrete Cracks

Grout it, fill it or design around it? In decorative concrete, every crack presents a contractor with a unique set of problems.

Sue Marquette Poremba
May 11, 2009