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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
How to: Planning, Pouring and Finishing Half-Round Concrete Steps

Formed half round concrete steps in terra cotta colorWhen you are finished pouring a set of half-round steps using these techniques, take a picture and hold it next to a set of regular steps on your next estimate.

Jason Geiser
Nov 21, 2011
Using Concrete Control Joints in Your Design

Red stained concrete diamond shapes blend with the control joint that runs through the middle of the concrete slab.Concrete control joints are necessary, but they don't have to be ugly. Here's how to turn them into art.

Joan Stanus
Dec 3, 2002
From Simple and Chic to Bubbly and Sleek, Concrete Shines in San Diego

using various sized grinder attachments and following a mapped out custom design, each bubble was created by hand. Similar results could have been obtained with stencils or tape,Brian Oberman, who has been in the concrete industry for 25 years, merged his company with Life Deck Coating Installations about three and a half years ago. Today, as general manager, he’s had the chance to work on projects such as Coasterra, the Beach Terrace Inn and Westroot Tavern.

Jacqueline Valle
Aug 31, 2016
Shiny does not necessarily mean slippery concrete

Shiny floors that are not wet do not necessarily mean that they are slippery.At first glance, a shiny floor surface may seem to present slip-and-fall opportunity. In reality, a floor that has been ground, densified and polished can often provide a more slip-resistant floor than plain concrete.

Peter Wagner, CSI
Jan 14, 2006
CIM College Program Graduates Can Land Good-Paying Construction Jobs

students working on a concrete block - Collaboration between industry and academia has created a mix of in-class learning and hands-on experience that is helping to solve an ongoing challenge for the concrete sector -- adding youth to the workforce.Collaboration between industry and academia has created a mix of in-class learning and hands-on experience that is helping to solve an ongoing challenge for the concrete sector — adding youth to the workforce.

Erik Pisor
Oct 1, 2015
Glow-in-the-dark Patio: Way Cool for School

Dalton Elementary and Middle School amphitheater, Dalton, OhioJason Geiser, owner of Deco-Crete Supply in Orrville, Ohio, thought a broad, sloping hill at his three children’s new school needed something to transform it from a virtually unusable space to an inviting outdoor classroom. He and the school officials came up with a project that revolved around Geiser building an amphitheater.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 24, 2017
21st Century Plastic Form Release for Concrete

petroleum-based chemicals can be sprayed on and contractors know they work. But Franmar offers an alternative because the company strives to manufacture products that are effective and safe for both user and environmentIf you’re using a 21st century form product, such as plastic, then it probably makes sense to use a 21st century form-release system, as well.

K. Schipper
The Nanotechnology Trend in Decorative Concrete: Hype or Reality?

Green and purple microscopic looking spheres.Nanotechnology is everywhere. It seems to be the new buzzword in the decorative concrete industry. Now, nanotechnology has become the magic ingredient in any number of sealers, coatings and stains. I This article explores exactly what nanotechnology is and what benefits it brings to the decorative industry.

Chris Sullivan
Jan 7, 2011
Self-Cleaning Concrete using Photocatalysts

Strong sunlight or ultraviolet light decomposes many organic materials in a slow, natural process. You have seen this process, for example, in the way the plastic dashboard of your truck fades and gets brittle over time.This photocatalyst reacts to light and breaks down dirt, mold and pollution. It keeps concrete clean and cleans up the air at the same time!.

Michael Chusid
Aug 29, 2005
The Benefits of Attending Decorative Concrete Industry Events

Classroom education aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise. Concrete Decor publisher Bent Mikkelsen recently spent some time taking in two high profile industry events. Here is a look at what he found.

Editors
Dec 2, 2007
​​​​​​​Tips and Pitfalls of Fast-Drying, Self-Leveling Concrete Toppings

Green street sign with Pitfall ahead written on it. Preparation and Timing are Everything with Fast-Drying, Self-Leveling Toppings

Fast-drying, self-leveling products are often the product of choice when leveling and topping new construction concrete floors -- or resurfacing old concrete floors -- in a fast-track environment, such as malls, retail spaces, restaurants, hotels, casinos, museums, showrooms and warehouses. But these products have advantages and disadvantages.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Apr 1, 2002
Decorative Concrete Surrounds the Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, IUPUI

The hardscape around the Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center at 535 Barnhill Drive is a beautiful addition to the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus.The hardscape around the Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center at 535 Barnhill Drive is a beautiful addition to the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 6, 2015
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
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
A Burning Question: To Burnish or Not to Burnish your Concrete?

Concrete surface have vast opportunities after burnishingAn old technique with new applications. Burnishing can open up a whole array of visual opportunities for concrete surfaces.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 17, 2002
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