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International Decorative Concrete Industry Evolves

For those of us who work in the U.S., Canada and Western Europe, we take for granted the quality of our everyday materials, let alone how easy they are to obtain. In developing countries, the amount of time and cost involved in getting everything needed for a job can be staggering. But staggering to who?For those of us who work in the U.S., Canada and Western Europe, we take for granted the quality of our everyday materials, let alone how easy they are to obtain. In developing countries, the amount of time and cost involved in getting everything needed for a job can be staggering. But staggering to who?

Chris Sullivan
Jun 11, 2018
Seeding Aggregate in Concrete

Before there was stamping, before the emergence of acid staining, an exposed aggregate finish was the decorative concrete choice by many.Before there was stamping, before the emergence of acid staining, an exposed aggregate finish was the decorative concrete choice by many.

Joe Maty
Jun 4, 2018
California Artisan Focuses on Concrete Restoration and Repair

Concrete Restoration by Kevin BrownKevin Brown is a soft-spoken, humble-yet-accomplished man who got into the business of concrete work through his family. As he describes it, he knew from a young age that he wanted to follow in the family footsteps.

Vanessa Salvia
May 29, 2018
New Products at World of Concrete 2016

new concrete products from World of Concrete 2016

The numbers were up for World of Concrete 2016, although not in the temperature department, as nearly 1,550 exhibitors displayed their wares Feb. 2-5 in the expansive Las Vegas Convention Center. Occupying more than 740,000 square feet in three halls and spilling out into the surrounding parking lots.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Apr 1, 2016
Water-based Stain Acid Stain Alternative from Increte Systems Inc.

Developed as an ecofriendly alternative to acid stain, Increte Systems' Stone Essence is a water-based stain that offers contractors a wide variety of options in regards to both location and aesthetics.Developed as an ecofriendly alternative to acid stain, Increte Systems’ Stone Essence is a water-based stain that offers contractors a wide variety of options in regards to both location and aesthetics.

Editors
Jul 9, 2011
Opaque Epoxy Coatings for Concrete Floors

Roll out epoxy floor coatings in your garage adding a bit of fun with mica chips.Sometimes paint is simply the best choice for a concrete floor.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 6, 2006
Filling the Joint in Concrete

If semirigid joint fillers -- and knowing when to use them -- confuse the heck out of you then you are in good company.Not long ago my wife and I were having dinner at a well-known chain restaurant when we noticed that hundreds of feet of saw cuts had been left unfilled. I'm guessing this had to be a health issue. If nothing else, it made the floor look unfinished, to say the least.

Doug Carlton
Oct 6, 2010
Going Vertical with Cementitious Overlays

Vertically carved concrete overlay that takes on the look of soft brick in muted earth tone colors.Overlays aren’t just for floors anymore. Take your stamping, stenciling and other artistic techniques and put ‘em on the wall.

David Thompson
Mar 7, 2004
The Case for CSA Cements for Concrete Countertops

A concrete countertop that was made with CSA cement.According to Jeffrey Girard, P.E., founder of The Concrete Countertop Institute, concrete with calcium sulphoaluminate (CSA) is the way to go for countertops.

"When I first used CSA instead of portland cement, I recognized that it offers a technological advantage," he says.

Chris Mayo
Sep 3, 2009
Testing Slump in Your Concrete Mix and Why It Is Important

Slump measures the viscosity of the concrete to know how it will react once set.However you define slump, the bottom line remains the same: Slump is a test for the rigidity of uncured concrete. Lower slump concrete is very stiff, and higher slump concrete is more fluid.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 8, 2004
Dying for Decorative Concrete

Man dumping concrete mix into a hopper with a dust mask on.There is not a comforting way to say the word “cancer.” Even in this day of strong chances of recovery and survival, it is a word that gets our attention every time. Although the products we use turn normal concrete into extraordinary works of art, some of those products are carcinogenic. Are you taking the proper measures to be safe?

Doug Carlton
Mar 12, 2008
Cracked Mud Seamless Skin from Proline Concrete Tools

A custom seamless skin that mimicked the cracked mud of the Serengeti.Proline Concrete Tools receives a lot of requests for custom stamps, but rarely do the patterns end up turning into a nationwide trend.

Back in early 1990s, the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park wanted to emulate cracked mud found in the Serengeti Desert and Proline was up to the task.

Editors
Apr 9, 2011
Decorative Concrete Makes Its Television Debut

Concrete wall with a square like tv in it.Taking concrete to another level with the introduction of a new television show called "Concrete Nation" that will begin airing on Fox television stations in October. The goal of "Concrete Nation" is to document the building of a house made mostly of concrete. The intent is to show the world the beauty of concrete when put into the hands of artists.

Doug Carlton
Aug 8, 2010
An Alternate Countertop Forming Method Now Available

Concrete Countertop Solutions has developed an alternative countertop form that will help create cast-in-place countertops with a variety of edge styles.Concrete Countertop Solutions has developed an alternative countertop form that will help create cast-in-place countertops with a variety of edge styles. Z-Counterform reduces labor time and doesn't require any double-sided tape or drilling into kitchen cabinets.

Emily Dixon
Sep 4, 2009
Concrete Countertop Company Offers Valuable, Intensive Training

Intensive countertop training is second to none in the countertop market.>Countertops were the name of the game at a recent workshop sponsored by the Institute for American Craftsmanship in Eugene, Oregon. Offering its participants valuable experience in making precast and cast-in-place countertops, decorative concrete tiles and even concrete stools.

Rosemary Camozzi
Oct 14, 2004
Family Christian Center Upgrades to Polished Concrete

The new worship center at the Family Christian Center in Clermont, Fla.¬†isn't your grandfather's church. It boasts sleek lines and contemporary design.The new worship center at the Family Christian Center in Clermont, Fla. isn’t your grandfather’s church. It boasts sleek lines and contemporary design.

Ted Uram
Feb 19, 2012
The New Green Building Code and What It Means To You

A building in the skylineWe are just at the tip of a big green iceberg that your company’s ship is sailing toward at full speed. As the IGCC becomes more recognized, many states, counties and cities are sure to adopt it as part of their building code.

William D. Palmer Jr.
Jan 7, 2011
Staining Was Never Easy, But Now It's Complicated

For my verticals, Martin Webb stained over troweled gray skim, and then graphically retroweled with integrally colored skims.I was once a much younger concretist, really impetuous and passionate. I was working for L.M. Scofield Co., and as my wife told me, I worked way too much. So she left me. To be more accurate, she left me in charge of the kids for 10 days while she and her best girlfriend toured a bit of England and Scotland.

Michael Miller
Feb 27, 2011
Decorative Concrete in the Greater Indianapolis Area: Automobile Museum in Auburn Replaces Waxed Floor with Polished System

Dancer’s company, Dancer Concrete Design, offered another solution to waxing the scuffed-up floor in the events center — polished concrete.

Vanessa Salvia
From the Publisher's Desk Feb/March 2015

Each new edition of Concrete Decor provides invaluable insights and perspective from our industry columnists. The magazine also contains focuses on projects that constantly aim to unlock the best practices for turning ordinary concrete into finishes that challenge traditional building and finishing methods.

Bent Mikkelsen
Feb 2, 2015
JW Marriott Art Plaza Becomes A City Landmark

Catty-cornered northwest of the Indiana Convention Center, the JW Marriott Art Plaza has become a city landmark and a tribute to Hoosiers statewide since its grand unveiling in March 2010.

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