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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
How to Build Concrete Fire Pits Safely

Concrete fire pit displays in front of a smooth as glass swimming pool during a sunset.As a contractor with extensive experience with all types of outdoor fire features, and as an expert witness in situations where something’s gone terribly wrong, I’d like to share some of the basic guidelines I use to maximize both safety and enjoyment of buidling concrete fire pits.

Scott Cohen
Oct 1, 2014
Reactive Stain on Concrete

Concrete floor that has been colored using reactive stain.It’s possible for concrete to have stone-like qualities without trying to be stone. It’s possible for concrete to be random and variegated like the knots and grain in wood without trying to be that wood. It’s possible for concrete to develop a visually active graphic patina like copper without it being, you guessed it, copper.

Michael Miller
May 7, 2008
The Importance of Managing Expectations in Polished Concrete

An ipad and a piece of paper tracking business progress.Possibly one of the most-discussed topics in the concrete polishing industry today is managing the customer’s expectations. Many an instance has occurred in which the floor has been ground, honed and polished within a hair’s thickness of perfection in the contractor’s eyes, only for him to be informed at collection time that it isn’t what the customer had in mind.

Josh Vander Veen
Jul 19, 2010
10 Noteworthy Products in the Decorative Concrete Industry

pervious concrete - Decorative concrete artisans are not only a creative bunch. They also are quick to figure out if there's a better way to do something. Some of our top 10 noteworthy products from recent years are about more-efficient production while others involve cool technology that we hope will soon make its way into the forefront of daily work.Decorative concrete artisans are not only a creative bunch. They also are quick to figure out if there’s a better way to do something. Some of our top 10 noteworthy products from recent years are about more-efficient production while others involve cool technology that we hope will soon make its way into the forefront of daily work.

Editors
Jul 1, 2015
Fiery, Overflowing Concrete Martini Glass is the Toast of Las Vegas

A larger than life martini glass made of concrete at twilight in Las Vegas.This concrete martini glass, tricked out with real fire, flowing water and concrete casino kitsch, was the toast of the Artistry in Decorative Concrete exhibition at the 2012 World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas.

Editors
Jan 30, 2012
Decorative Surface Solutions Group is First Buying Group for Flooring Industry

grey concrete floor in corridorSuppose your little decorative concrete flooring business suddenly could make deals as if it were a coast-to-coast firm? 

Gail Elber
Oct 1, 2015
Dana Boyer, ConcretiZen: Turning Art Into Concrete Profit

Geometric concrete creates a 3 dimensional affect on this driveway.Boyer is the owner of ConcretiZen, based in Apache Junction, Ariz. She does it all — art pieces, driveways, pool decks, countertops, floors. She takes residential and commercial jobs, coloring, texturing, stamping, polishing, sandblasting or engraving concrete.

Christina Camara
Jun 4, 2004
Concrete Silicate Colorant That Can Withstand Mother Nature

ColorJuice Concrete Silicate Colorant, the newest product from Arkansas-based American Decorative Concrete Supply Co., is not only inspired by Mother Nature - it's designed to withstand Mother Nature.ColorJuice Concrete Silicate Colorant, the newest product from Arkansas-based American Decorative Concrete Supply Co., is not only inspired by Mother Nature - it's designed to withstand Mother Nature.

Editors
Aug 8, 2009
What Is In A Concrete Stamping Toolkit

Stamping mats for concrete come in a various sizes and shapes but make sure you have all of the ingredients in your toolkit before attempting a concrete stamping job.

Your Stamping Concrete Toolkit needs to contain basic concrete finishing tools as well as tools for stamping concrete. Look at what you should have on hand when doing a stamping concrete job.

Editors
Feb 1, 2004
Resurfacing Brings a New Dimension to Concrete

Concrete resurfacing is a way to put a new face on an existing concrete surface without removing it first.Similar to texturing walls and ceilings, texturing concrete adds color, texture and a lot of new business opportunity.

Ester Brody
Apr 16, 2002
Researcher Uses Microwave to 'Bake' Concrete

Concrete thermography is a way to "bake" concrete with MicrowavesAn electrical engineer at Missouri University of Science and Technology is using microwave energy to test concrete and rehabilitated aluminum, and in the future her work could lead to safer bridges and aircraft parts.

Editors
Sep 14, 2015
20-foot Carved Concrete Fireplace Stands Out in Parade of Homes

A Matter of the HearthWhen Troy Lemon the concrete sculptor met up with Troy Wolfiss the home builder, a fireplace of great proportions ensued. Wolfiss, owner of Artisan Craft Homes, busily designed his new home which would be part of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids’ Spring Parade of Homes.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Nov 3, 2017
How to Maintain Decorative Concrete

How to maintain a stamped concrete patio with new sealer.You've created something beautiful. Here's how to keep it that way. While maintenance of concrete is minimal — that's the beauty of it — decorative concrete does require regular cleaning and resealing to extend its life and eye appeal for years into the future.

Christina Camara
Mar 1, 2003
Learning the Ins and Outs of Polishable Overlays

he topping is designed to be applied wet on wet between 1/2 inch and 5/8 inch thick on freshly poured concrete slabs. Thin coatings that can be polished work wonders on new and old floors, but applying them requires knowledge and skill.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Nov 10, 2010
First Images of Finished Concrete Art at SAY Si in San Antonio

A work of art placed on the front patio of the Say Si facility using Miracote and Butterfield concrete products.SAY Si, a teen art center in San Antonio, Texas, is getting a decorative concrete makeover courtesy of the Concrete Decor Show, a trade event affiliated with Concrete Decor magazine. The trade show is more than a month away, but work is already underway — and here's your first look at some finished concrete art at the center.

Editors
Jan 10, 2012
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