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Wine Caves Built with Bridge System

In the heart of northern Michigan wine country near Traverse City, Mari Vineyards opened for business in May 2016.In the heart of northern Michigan wine country near Traverse City, Mari Vineyards opened for business in May 2016. The 31,000-square-foot facility was equipped with the usual amenities of a first-rate winery as well as an extensive underground barrel-aging area that has the qualities of a cave.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 16, 2018
How to Use Sponges to Color Concrete

Applying an overlay to concrete with a rollerI’m not a fan of overlays unless they’re necessary, I continually compete against knockdown finish companies that prefer them. Most of my competition uses overlays on pool decks and patios no matter what. This gives me a unique spin to compete against them.

Rick Lobdell
Oct 16, 2018
Former Preschool Teacher Now Masters the Trowel

Carved concrete by Cindee LundinAbout 25 years ago, Cindee Lundin took a leave of absence from her job as a preschool teacher and enrolled at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota to work on her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She already had two associate degrees — one in art and the other in child development — but state laws were changing back then and she needed a more advanced degree to continue to teach in public schools.

Vanessa Salvia and Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 16, 2018
Two Ways to Get Radiant Heat in your Concrete

There are two kinds of radiant-heat solutions available to address these issues: hydronic and electric heating systems.Have you come across clients who are considering polished, stamped or stained concrete flooring, but who hesitate because concrete is a naturally cold surface?

Greg Jazwinski
Feb 27, 2011
Concrete Contractor Specializing in Hardscaping: Site Technologies Inc., Roswell, Ga.

Concrete that is colored with reds, yellows and bluesBeautiful streetscapes. Retail and commercial spaces with the look and feel of parks. Incredibly designed school campuses. The great ones all have something in common: Hardscapes that make them accessible and welcoming to human interaction.

Susan Brimo-Cox
May 15, 2007
Special Considerations for Outdoor Cast Concrete

Outdoor kitchen with a lush green background.Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular, and special considerations must be made in order to ensure concrete's durability, longevity and aesthetics in these applications.

Jeffrey Girard
May 9, 2011
Decorative Concrete Tips: Reducing Random Cracking Through Preparation

Compacting the ground prior to the pour makes for less concrete cracking.The creation of a high quality concrete job starts with proper sub-base compaction. Generally speaking, a minimum of 4-inch rock sub-base is required to support the concrete slab cast on grade. The rock sub-base should provide uniform support to the slab without any soft spots.

Bart Sacco
Aug 5, 2002
Whiskey Themed Kitchen with Barrels and a Concrete Countertop

bare kitchen with Jack Daniels themeWhen you live in Tennessee and you’ve got clients with a bare kitchen who also like to entertain and enjoy their adult beverages, a Jack Daniels theme seemed like a natural fit.

Vanessa Salvia
Jun 30, 2016
Get the Rock Look With Epoxy-Bonded Stone Systems

If you're looking to expand your repertoire beyond stamping, staining and coloring concrete, there is a host of surfacing alternatives -- some old, some new -- just waiting to be explored.If you’re looking to expand your repertoire beyond stamping, staining and coloring concrete, there is a host of surfacing alternatives — some old, some new — just waiting to be explored.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 1, 2013
Cement Makers Test Cleaner Concrete for Carbon Capture

Clean cementCement production contributes an estimated 6 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions, and some scientists are trying to chip away at that pollution problem. Two start-ups, one in Canada and another in Arizona, are among the newer entries in the effort to produce cleaner cement and concrete.

Jul 8, 2015
Pros and Cons of Specializing in Decorative Concrete

Part time or full time, should a concrete contractor provide decorative concrete, staining concrete, stamping concrete all the time?I have to guess some, maybe even most, of Concrete Decor’s readers enjoy the benefits of the decorative business as only a part of their contracting services. You may very well be one of the many who are wondering if you should make the leap to specialize in decorative work full time or simply offer it as one of many services.

Doug Carlton
Sep 1, 2007
Vinegar Facility Requires Durable, Resistant Concrete Floor

Coating on the floor at a vinegar facilityA vinegar-producing company needed a heat- and chemical-resistant floor for their busy production facility. TNT Resurfacing partnered with Azevedo Concrete to install Westcoat’s premier urethane cement system,Temper-Crete, throughout the 1,450-square-foot processing area.

Dec 29, 2014
Layering Color with Acid Stains on Concrete

Rule of thumb that says lighter acid stain colors first, darker colors on top. If you do it the other way around, chances are the darker color will swallow up the lighter one.There are as many techniques for layering stains as there are concrete artisans. Here are tips from some of the best in the trade.

May 11, 2005
Color Issues with Liquid and Powder Release Agents

Bart Sacco applies dry powder release to a slab.The choice you have is between a liquid release agent and a dry-powder antique release. Both products are similar in function — however, the application technique is completely different for each. This results in a different final look as well.

Bart Sacco
Dec 19, 2012
Concrete Decor Show from Education to Demos

2017 Concrete Decor ShowHeld at the sprawling Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club just north of Tampa in Palm Harbor, Florida, it drew participants from around the world to partake in workshops held on the resort premises, a full roster of educational seminars and panels, and a two-day exposition that featured power trowel polishing and artisans demonstrating decorative vertical applications.

Jan 22, 2018
How to Measure RH in Concrete

RH measurements in concreteHow valuable is 48 hours to you and your business? Can you put a price on it?

And does the price go up if you run into a moisture-related problem with a concrete slab in the later phases of a project?

Jason Spangler
Jan 11, 2016
Using Bacteria to Help "Heal" Concrete

self-healing concrete with bacteriaScientists in the UK develop a self-healing concrete that uses bacteria to plug cracks.

Dec 3, 2014
Strengthen Your Friendships with Architects and Designers

drawing of building with architecture Being a successful concrete professional requires more than skill with trowels, colors and coatings. You also need to network. Networking requires investments in both time and infrastructure, but you will almost definitely see an increase in your business if you are thoughtful about your approach.

Mark Donaldson
Jan 4, 2016