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How to Use Sponges to Color Concrete

Applying an overlay to concrete with a rollerI’m not a fan of overlays unless they’re necessary, I continually compete against knockdown finish companies that prefer them. Most of my competition uses overlays on pool decks and patios no matter what. This gives me a unique spin to compete against them.

Rick Lobdell
Oct 16, 2018
Wine Caves Built with Bridge System

In the heart of northern Michigan wine country near Traverse City, Mari Vineyards opened for business in May 2016.In the heart of northern Michigan wine country near Traverse City, Mari Vineyards opened for business in May 2016. The 31,000-square-foot facility was equipped with the usual amenities of a first-rate winery as well as an extensive underground barrel-aging area that has the qualities of a cave.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 16, 2018
Former Preschool Teacher Now Masters the Trowel

Carved concrete by Cindee LundinAbout 25 years ago, Cindee Lundin took a leave of absence from her job as a preschool teacher and enrolled at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota to work on her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She already had two associate degrees — one in art and the other in child development — but state laws were changing back then and she needed a more advanced degree to continue to teach in public schools.

Vanessa Salvia and Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 16, 2018
An Overview on Some of the Newest Concrete Grinders on the Market

Eagle Solutions -- SP13A look at the various grinders on the market and their benefits for you and your decorative concrete polishing business.

Editors
Feb 13, 2009
How to Create Concrete Walls and Caps with Form Liners

Concrete that looks like stone can be seen at subdivision entrances to shopping malls. Form liner used with concrete creates this mystical yard surround.From the look of stone to fanciful murals, these concrete structures are more than just walls.

Christina Camara
Dec 6, 2002
Manufacturer Profile: Solomon Colors

Concrete steps colored with Solomon Colors poroductsSolomon Colors is the largest U.S.-owned producer of iron oxide pigments. Based in Springfield, Ill., the company got its start in the 1920s. Robert C. Solomon, the operator of the Panther Creek Coal Mine Co., decided that the black, carboniferous slate that lies above the coal seams would make a good color by-product.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Dec 10, 2001
Performance Hall in Texas Features Concrete Both Indoors and Out

Decorative concrete use in Dallas Performance HallLocated at the intersection of Routh and Flora streets in the Dallas Arts District, the Dallas City Performance Hall (DCPH) opened in September 2012. Concrete played a major role in its construction and as the interior and exterior finish.

Vanessa Salvia
Aug 17, 2014
Joints: Control Your Concrete Cracks

After determining how far apart you should place the concrete control joints, how deep should you cut them? Well, that all depends on whom you ask.Tips for mastering the art of joint placement in a concrete slab.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 4, 2006
Decorative Concrete Techniques - Cleaning & Re-Sealing Exposed Aggregate

How to clean exposed aggregateExposed aggregate is a common theme around many backyard swimming pools, and it's often a gorgeous accent to poolside appeal. How to clean exposed aggregate concrete.

Editors
Feb 4, 2001
The Elements of Design From Line into Shape

Shape and Line in Decorative Concrete PatternsThere 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
Apr 2, 2015
Concrete Apartment Building Emphasizes 'Square Frame as a Whole'

S ituated in the Otowa district of Tokyo's Bunkyo ward, the Modelia Days apartment building is very close to the Gokokuji temple, which was established in the Edo era (1603-1868) as a place of prayer for members of the shogunate, a feudal regime of Japan.Situated in the Otowa district of Tokyo’s Bunkyo ward, the Modelia Days apartment building is very close to the Gokokuji temple, which was established in the Edo era (1603-1868) as a place of prayer for members of the shogunate, a feudal regime of Japan.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Apr 27, 2018
Transforming Wood Decks with Decorative Concrete

Building owners are asking contractors around the country to create decorative outdoor concrete features on areas not normally associated with concrete surfaces such as decks and roofs.Building owners are asking contractors around the country to create decorative outdoor concrete features on areas not normally associated with concrete surfaces such as decks and roofs.

Rick Yelton
May 26, 2018
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
Concrete Table by Architect Bjorn Ollner

s.Architect Bjorn Ollner created this navy blue outlined concrete table with the help of Gary JoneArchitect Bjorn Ollner met Gary Jones while they were both working on a pirate museum in the Bahamas (and if you know Gary, that doesn't seem like an odd place to find him). Ollner started his career in Sweden designing free-form concrete houses.

Editors
Nov 20, 2005
Brawl in the Fall Competition has Both Serious and Fun Sides

Brawl in the Fall San Diego at the Concrete Decor Show bright blue colored concrete. Everything about the Brawl in the Fall at the 2016 Concrete Decor Show in San Diego was hot, hot, hot— from the record-breaking 100+ degree heat to the sizzling entries that shaped up in the outside lot during show time.

Editors
Jan 16, 2017
Protecting your Concrete Finishing Brush or Broom

The shallow, grooved texture left on the surface by a concrete broom or brush will help keep shoes and tires from slipping or skidding on a wet or icy concrete slab.A concrete finishing broom is an artist’s tool, and like any important tool, it needs to be treated with care.

John Strieder
May 6, 2005
The Drive is On to Optimize Power Trowel Concrete Polishing

The Drive is On to Optimize Power Trowel PolishingBrad Obbink went all-in as a polished concrete contractor a few years ago, discarding the paint pot and brush and hitching his fortunes to the concrete grinder/polisher, for better or worse.

Joe Maty
Feb 26, 2018
OSU Further Polishes its Image with Expansion Project

Ohio State University experienced a growth spurt this past summer with campus-wide new construction and renovations that continued well into 2016. Ohio State University experienced a growth spurt this past summer with campus-wide new construction and renovations that continued well into 2016.

Vanessa Salvia
May 26, 2016
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