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Chemical Surfactants Can Cut Steps in Concrete Polishing

Chemical surfactants such as Prosoco's Consolideck First Cut and KickStart Clarity Enhancer from Curecrete Distribution's Retroplate System can boost productivity and improve results in the early grind stages of concrete polishing projects.Chemical surfactants such as Prosoco’s Consolideck First Cut and KickStart Clarity Enhancer from Curecrete Distribution’s Retroplate System can boost productivity and improve results in the early grind stages of concrete polishing projects.

David Searls
Aug 16, 2018
Concrete Training Seminar in North Yorkshire

Students learning decorative concrete at a training center in the UK.Concrete Decor publisher Bent Mikkelsen reports on a training seminar in North Yorkshire

Bent Mikkelsen
May 7, 2005
Decorative Concrete Contractors Reveal Why They're Into Metallics

Garage floor coating that was achieved using metallic epoxy in a checkerboard pattern.One nice thing about a metallic coating, in contrast to acid stains or dyes, is its ability to fully cover cracks and other defects, regardless of their size. Lemon says he’s also been using metallic pigments as accents in microtoppings to get certain shading and highlighting effects.

Editors
Jul 9, 2012
The Rising Popularity of Custom Concrete Pool Decks

Infinity pool that is surrounded by a concrete courtyard with landscape accents.When offered the chance to help customers relax with cool pool designs, these veteran design crews dove right in.

Emily Dixon
May 31, 2009
Wood Look Concrete Countertops in the Kitchen

Concrete countertops that take the wood look straight from the forest.Jeff Kudrick, product manager at J&M Lifestyles LLC, is always looking for innovative illusions to create in concrete. His latest endeavor was coming up with more traditional designs for vanities and countertops, as those make up the bulk of J&M’s sales. One solution? Concrete that looks nearly identical to wood. 

Editors
Dec 18, 2008
Good Communication is Your Key to a Successful Decorative Concrete Business

Listening to a decorative concrete clientThe difference between a professional contractor and an unprofessional contractor often comes down to communication. Obviously, the quality of your work goes a long way.

David Stephenson
Jan 1, 2015
Tips for Grinding and Polishing Seeded Glass in Overlays

Grinding and Polishing Seeded Glass in OverlaysDecorative concrete is especially helpful for company branding purposes or to make a bright and impactful statement in an indoor or outdoor space.

In this light, it’s easy to see why glass adds a unique dimension. It’s different and it catches the eye, which is something appealing for businesses.

Heidi Hudnall and Dan Knuth
Nov 16, 2013
Decorative Concrete Tips: Need a Tool? Make it yourself!

A six-inch edger was transformed into a customized chamfer tool to provide a clean, straight and more consistent finish on the top edge of retaining walls and precast wall panels.It happens often: A concrete contractor is faced with a project that requires adaptations to an existing form or tool to shape the concrete during that critical hour before it turns hard.

Editors
Aug 1, 2005
How To Navigate the Craziness of Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting questionsInformation has become the currency of the 21st century. Just look at how fast and easy obtaining information has become. Most of us can access the world from a hand-held phone or PDA. In contrast, it seems like providing basic information when you're the one asking the question can be like pulling teeth.

Chris Sullivan
Jan 7, 2010
Rock Tapestries in Mexico Feature Precast Concrete Pebbles

Rocks laid out in a pattern that has geometric design.These beautiful mosaics were made with precast concrete pebbles as well as beach rocks. They’re the work of Jay Manning and Concreations Inc., Bigfoot, Mont.  

Editors
Jun 17, 2012
Water-based Concrete Stains Grow in Popularity

This restaurant floor showcases both the durability of the product and the wide range of colors available. The compass below displays the colorful hues in more muted tones.Traditional acid-based stains may be today’s gold standard for the decorative concrete industry, but their water-based cousins are growing in popularity due to their ease of application, quick cleanup and range of colors.

    K. Schipper
    May 26, 2017
    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
    Tips on Coloring Polished Concrete

    Test slab of concrete with different dyes..Learn about the four ways to add color to slabs that are intended for polishing: Integral Color, Dry Shake Hardener, Acid Stain and Dyes

    Editors
    Nov 8, 2007
    Earth-Centered Projects Pavilion Links to Natural History

    embedding fossils and other prehistoric artifacts in decorative strips in the wallsAt Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, California, learning sometimes takes the form of a hands-on experience. And there’s no more powerful example of this approach to education than the school’s special projects pavilion, part of the recently completed Science Education and Research Facility.

    Joe Maty
    Jul 28, 2016
    Concrete Overlay Used for More than Just Concrete Floors

    When the Cincinnati Reds had to redo two cracked and peeling dugout roofs, they needed a decorative concrete contractor who could not only repair the cracked slabs, but get that Reds red right.When the Cincinnati Reds had to redo two cracked and peeling dugout roofs, they needed a decorative concrete contractor who could not only repair the cracked slabs, but get that Reds red right.

    Kelly O'Brien
    Sep 17, 2008
    Flattooing: The Art of "Tattooing" Images to a Concrete Surface

    Flattoo design available from Surface Gel TekSurface Gel Tek (SGT) has introduced a new process called Flattooing, the art of tattooing images into flat concrete surfaces. The Flattoo process uses Flattoos — vinyl adhesive designs — and Tek Gel for Stenciling Micro Etch.

    Editors
    Oct 3, 2003
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