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Mobile Mixers Give Decorative Concrete Contractors More Control

een here are samples of concrete with a portland cement content that have been color loaded in the mobile mixer. Mobile mixers, sometimes called volumetric mixers or metered concrete, offer a variety of benefits to decorative concrete contractors, including only paying for what is used, eliminating hot loads, readily allowing mix design changes on-site, labor savings, admixture additions and color batching.

Todd Rose
Jan 19, 2019
Hand Brush Details on Concrete Borders

Rick Lobdell applies acid stain with chip brushOver the last couple of years, I’ve written articles on how I use math to break down design layout and my views of color theory. This time, I’m going to share one of the little details that help my projects look amazing — how to properly use a brush.

Rick Lobdell
Jan 9, 2019
Campout Centers on Concrete Boat Building

group boating on a concrete boat created at the Mendo MiniAbout 20 people gathered together Sept. 27-30 in Manchester, California, a town about three hours north of San Francisco, for the third annual Mendo Mini Campout and Boat Build.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 9, 2019
Stenciled logo for Fort Meade

Ft Meade stencil logoBart Sacco of Kingdom Products and Rachel Knigge, a stencil artist with FloorMaps Inc., collaborated to produce a logo on a floor at a new Army/Air Force main exchange at Fort George G. Meade in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

May 20, 2016
Concrete Coatings Offer Better Living Through Chemistry

Epoxy coated gym floor.When it comes to concrete, it isn’t necessarily easy to define what a coating is. In its broadest sense it can be a general term for any chemical that’s applied to a surface to seal or protect it.

K. Schipper
Jul 2, 2018
Recipe: Rich Swirling Out-of-this World Floor Finish

Reminiscent of nothing so much as the surface of Jupiter, this rich swirling effect is guaranteed to take any epoxy floor up a notch.Reminiscent of nothing so much as the surface of Jupiter, this rich swirling effect is guaranteed to take any floor up a notch.

Ryan Neal
May 14, 2010
What Makes Symons a Leader in the Industry?

To upgrade plain, damaged or stained concrete, Symons offers its Spray-Rite system, a polymermodified cement system that provides a thinset surface in a variety of colors and pattern templates.A commitment to quality, innovation and exemplary customer service make Symons a leader in the industry.

Mike Dawson
May 7, 2005
Concrete Overlay is a Big Part of College's New Design

concrete overlay, CTS Rapid SetAt World of Concrete 2015, CTS Cement Manufacturing introduced Rapid Set Tru PC, a new product that can quickly and easily simulate the appearance of polished concrete without the time and cost of installing a new concrete floor.

Vanessa Salvia
Feb 3, 2016
How to Find the Right Salesperson

Silhouette of two businessmen with brightly colored ties in orange and red.A few in the decorative concrete industry are good at the trade and great salespeople as well, but not many. If sales are not your thing, then now is the time to push ahead of the competition and find the right person.

Doug Carlton
Nov 10, 2010
Joint Ventures: Deciding to Use Fillers or Sealants to Finish a Concrete Job

Joint fillers and sealants are prevalent on commercial concrete floorsCall them fillers or call them sealants (people often use the terms interchangeably), but it’s a good bet if you’re involved with concrete work, you’ve run into determining what to do with the joints.

K. Schipper
Oct 16, 2017
How Polished Concrete Changed the Trajectory of One Contractor's Company

A sun with rays in rainbow colors has been dyed into this concete floor.David Stephenson’s story encompasses everything from AmeriPolish to Wal-Mart to the Cincinnati Reds and Indianapolis Colts and it all began when he discovered polished concrete.

Kelly O'Brien
Nov 11, 2009 Everything You Wanted to Know About Concrete, But Didn't Know Who To Ask

concrete network websiteBack in 1999 when Jim Peterson was attending his umpteenth World of Concrete showcase, he was intrigued with the array of new concrete-related products that he saw in Las Vegas. Yet he was even more amazed that there wasn’t a central clearinghouse that building industry types could tap into to learn more about these new products and techniques once the show was over.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 3, 2002
Concrete Contractors Warm up to Radiant Heating Systems

Hydronic heat tubes added to a concrete floor - in wintry areas of North America, heated walkways and driveways that melt snow have been a prized feature of upscale homes and businesses for decades.In wintry areas of North America, heated walkways and driveways that melt snow have been a prized feature of upscale homes and businesses for decades.

Gail Elber
Nov 1, 2013
A Guide to Removing Built-Up Residue from Polishing Concrete

Removing Built-Up Residue from ConcreteSurface preparation is the crucial beginning stage of any concrete polishing process. It is especially important in old office buildings, warehouses or department stores where tile or carpeting once covered the flooring, leaving behind residue that must be removed before applying an overlay or polishing. Photo courtesy of Stoops Freightliner

Heidi Hudnall and Wendy Runyon-Ricker
Apr 2, 2014
When and How to Expand Your Concrete Contracting Business

Looking at a bridge from the under side imagining how to grow your concrete contracting business.Concrete contracting companies, no matter the size or specialty, have to deal with many of the same challenges. It’s important to address some of these before trying to expand your business, so you're sure the foundation you're about to build on is solid.

Matthew Newman
Nov 2, 2007
Wood, Water and Concrete in a Modern Bathroom

Concrete shower with a wood drain board to stand on to dry off.Mike Moncrieff and his Bellingham, Wash., company, New Edge Design, submitted these photos of a concrete shower to our most recent Concrete Countertop Design Competition. We reluctantly decided shower installs couldn't compete in a countertop contest. In all other respects, this is top-notch work.

Jan 2, 2011
Taking a Chance on Concrete Staining, Gaye Goodman, Faux Real LLC

highly reflective teal green acid stained floor.Longtime artist and acid stain master Gaye Goodman, 66, wasn’t always a guru of colored concrete.

She spent the early part of her career creating batiks and abstract paintings. Forms found in nature often served as her inspiration. She finally landed in the decorative concrete industry and truly blossomed.

Natasha Chilingerian
Dec 31, 2011
Metallic Epoxies Glitter on the Floor at a Contemporary Show House

Liquid Dazzle, a metallic epoxy flooring systemThe unabashedly modernist home in the River’s End community, in Eagle, Idaho, near Boise, is called a “stunning glass jewel box” in an Idaho builders association’s 2013 Parade of Homes description.

Joe Maty
Nov 1, 2013