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To Succeed in Decorative Concrete: Be Your Best

Stenciled concrete on an exposed aggregateTo be your best doesn’t mean you have to always do the most difficult concrete projects. It simply means you do your best work on every concrete project.

Greg Iannone
Jan 15, 2019
Should You Seal Concrete Now or Hold Off for Warmer Days?

This sealer failure was caused by condensed moisture in a low spotIn my experience, sealer issues caused by cold weather don’t occur in the northern “cold climates” but rather in the more temperate or “shoulder” regions that have transition seasons. They also tend to happen in warm climates that may experience cold weather for only brief periods of time.

Chris Sullivan
Jan 9, 2019
The Art, Science and Strategy of Concrete Color Restoration

Lap pool that has a restored concrete pool deck.Stained, integrally colored or other decorative concrete treatments will eventually need a freshening up if not a total do-over.

Joe Maty
Jan 18, 2019
The Elements of Design: The Vitality of Line

Concrete in Louisianna State Museum - Concrete Decor MagazineThere 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
Mar 1, 2015
Health with Safety Precautions While Working with Dry Portland Cement

Protect yourself when working with concrete related products such as color hardener, concrete sealers, concrete pigments, silica dust.Masks, gloves and goggles protect your body from the damaging effects of concrete dust and chemicals used in beautifying concrete.

Bruce Hackett
Dec 19, 2003
Filling Control Joints in Decorative Concrete

Filling contraction joints, control joints - Control joints are cuts placed into the concrete at the time of pouring, or shortly after, to control random cracking in concrete. This works by creating a weakened area in the slab -- concrete cracks follow the path of least resistance.Control joints are cuts placed into the concrete at the time of pouring, or shortly after, to control random cracking in concrete. This works by creating a weakened area in the slab — concrete cracks follow the path of least resistance.

Nick Dancer
Jul 1, 2014
Repairing Concrete Cracks by Making Them A Part of Your Design

SawTec saw and vacuum combination creates an easy way to chase cracks on a concrete slab.Repairing cracks properly is one thing, making them a part of your design concept is becoming a popular alternative.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Oct 4, 2001
Large Polymer Floor Installation at Fogle Aviation Hangar

The floor installation also features the Fogle Aviation logo inside the entrance of the hangar. This was accomplished using a custom decal stencil 25 feet wide by 7 feet tallFlowcrete Americas and STAR applicator partner DLS Floors have successfully completed a large polymer floor installation at a private aircraft hangar in Sugarland, Texas.

Editors
Mar 16, 2016
Plastic Forms Offer a Reusable Solution for Curves and Circles in Concrete

Ketter Forms lying on grass with stakes ready to be formed.The days of the straight-lined concrete walkway, patio or driveway are waning. Designs that incorporate sweeping curves or tight radiuses are more popular now than ever.

Chris Mayo
Oct 9, 2011
Natural Networking Making Friends Builds Business

a woman and a man shaking hands - As high school students, most of us were encouraged to join a variety of extracurricular activities to build our resumes and make us more well-rounded people. As adults and business owners, joining an association, as well as attending conferences and trade shows, can have some of these same advantages, but they can also help grow your business.As high school students, most of us were encouraged to join a variety of extracurricular activities to build our resumes and make us more well-rounded people. As adults and business owners, joining an association, as well as attending conferences and trade shows, can have some of these same advantages, but they can also help grow your business.

Kari Moosmann
Apr 1, 2016
The New Finishers Edge - Metal Straight Edge for Cutting Concrete

Metal track for cutting concrete in a straight line, Finishers Edge.The Finishers Edge is a new “straight-edge” cutting system designed to provide fast, affordable and a highly simplified means for cutting straight lines in concrete. Enclosed in a durable carrying case, the Finishers Edge comes with five stainless steel tracks; a 2', 3', 5', and (2) x 10' pieces.

Editors
Apr 1, 2002
Stamped and Stained Concrete Elevates Vacation Retreats

Vacation homes can have stamped or stained concrete surrounds that hold up to extreme weather conditions and look beautiful while doing it.To say there has been an explosion in demand for stamped concrete or stained concrete is quite the understatement. Homeowners are hiring decorative concrete contractors to color, stain, score, stamp, overlay or otherwise decorate the pool decks, entries, driveways and walkways concrete around their homes.

Editors
Mar 5, 2003
Pneumatic Chip-broadcast Hopper Gun

mica chip broadcasting hand held tool. Pneumatic chip broadcasting tool.Traditionally, when decorative or specialty flooring contractors wanted to broadcast decorative vinyl color chips or colored quartz onto a horizontal or vertical surface, they preferred doing it by hand.

Editors
Feb 20, 2007
Oregon Store Sports Glossy Golden O Thanks to Decorative Overlay

The Duck Store in Portland, Oregon gets an epoxy coating and the O logo placed on it.Nailing the gold in the O that is the official logo of University of Oregon sports couldn’t have been easy. But here it is, on a dyed and polished cement overlay floor at The Duck Store in the Clackamas Town Center shopping mall, near Portland, Ore.

Editors
Oct 23, 2011
New Green Space Trumps Upcoming Political Debate

The 10-acre Cleveland Public Square was expanded and modernized to incorporate vast green space and unique concrete designs.The newly overhauled project took a decade of planning and is a destination that is exceptionally walkable and livable. Designed by landscape architects at James Corner Field Operations, this sleek and modern project includes more than 2 million pounds of custom precast concrete from Tectura Designs.

Jacqueline Valle
Jul 19, 2016
Architects Use Kemiko Concrete Products

Elegant indoor swimming pool deck in a rich brown Kemiko concrete stain color invites.Kemiko products were used by architectural greats such as Frank Lloyd Wright before decorative concrete even had a name. The company continues to thrive and grow with the times.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Nov 16, 2005
Warm up to the opportunities presented by Radiant Floor Heating

Heating tubes seen in a yet to be poured concrete slab. Will be used to heat the house with warm radiant floor heating system.Radiant heat delivers warmth without ducts and registers; heats evenly, in an energy-efficient manner; and is silent. There are hydronic (hot water) and electric systems.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Mar 7, 2003
How to Combat Common Misconceptions about Concrete Countertops

Concrete Countertop Victorian detail edgeConcrete countertops have been around for decades now, and more and more magazines and TV shows are featuring them. So you wold think misconceptions such as “concrete countertops are cheap” or “concrete countertops are high-maintenance” would be a thing of the past.

Jeff Girard, with Lane Mangum
Jan 5, 2014
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