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Artisan Recreates Masterpieces with Colored Concrete

Concrete painting made with thinned out concrete.When Christina Arnall signed up for Ben Ashby’s advanced countertop class in Las Vegas about four years ago, she had no idea it would lead to an epiphany. It began when Ashby introduced the group to his ½-inch admix being used to create a shower panel and they decided to color it blue.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Dec 2, 2018
Technology Will Improve Job Site Safety

When it comes to safety in the construction industry, technological advances will make the workplace of the future more connected.When it comes to safety in the construction industry, technological advances will make the workplace of the future more connected.

K. Schipper
Nov 28, 2018
Testing Decorative Concrete Overlays: Compression Strength vs. Adhesion

A case can be made that any test result can help better define how a product will perform, but when it comes to decorative overlays some tests are more meaningful than others.What is the most important test when it comes to evaluating decorative concrete overlays? A case can be made that any test result can help better define how a product will perform, but when it comes to decorative overlays some tests are more meaningful than others.

Chris Sullivan
Nov 29, 2018
Arcon, Las Vegas, Nevada: Innovative Leader in Decorative Concrete

Concrete floor in a high traffic retail spaceArcon is an innovative industry leader of new technology in cementitious, decorative, architectural flooring. Using structural concrete and overlayment, the company has provided an alternate to tile, stone, asphalt, Kool Deck, terrazzo, marble and other hard-surface flooring materials on many different projects.

Editors
Oct 25, 2003
Grow Your Business by Working Smarter, Not Harder

Do I keep a database of previously completed projects complete with pictures?Success can’t and shouldn’t be measured by comparing your business against your peers’. Comparison is a dirty word and an even worse habit which can lead you down a rabbit hole of self-doubt, worry and personal as well as professional destruction. After all, we all have different motives and goals as why we do what we do.

Greg Iannone
Jul 9, 2018
Designing Scrolling Art for a Sprawling Concrete Patio

Scrolling Through a PatioFor the first time in this series, I’m basing my article on a current job I just finished. In the last one, I introduced scrollwork as a design element. I was still focused on symmetry and using scrollwork as a larger medallion in a room.

Rick Lobdell
Oct 27, 2017
Knockdown Finishes for Concrete -- A Cool Concept for the Backyard

A knockdown finish on horizontal concrete is not dissimilar to the knockdown finishes common on drywall.A knockdown finish on horizontal concrete is not dissimilar to the knockdown finishes common on drywall. It involves a cementitious material that is dispensed by hopper gun, applied with spatter brush, or in some cases screeded, troweled and textured with rollers or stamping tools.

Joe Maty
May 25, 2013
How to Use the Cartesian Coordinates to Plot Points for Designs

Medallions Part 3: Courting the Cartesian CoordinatesOne of the most influential theories of math is called the Cartesian coordinates. The adjective, Cartesian, refers to the French mathematician and philosopher René Descartes who published this idea in 1637. Cartesian coordinates are the foundation of analytic geometry.

Rick Lobdell
Aug 11, 2017
Joint Fillers and Sealants are Prevalent on Commercial Concrete Floors

FLOORING IT: Fillers and sealants are fast friends for commercial jobsNeed some perspective from the field on fillers and sealants? The people who are most likely to spend time with them are those who work on floors, with a heavy emphasis on the commercial and industrial markets.

K. Schipper
Oct 20, 2017
From the Publisher's Desk October 2017

Bent Mikkelsen kneeling at a construction site.I hope this missive reaches you before the Concrete Decor Show Nov. 6-9 as I believe our industry has reached a pivotal point in its development.

Bent Mikkelsen
Oct 1, 2017
Making Money with Decorative Concrete Curbing

Decorative concrete curbing can take on the look of brick pavers around a planter box without the concern of weeds growing between.When it comes to edging that pleases the eye, decorative concrete curbs have no competition.

Railroad ties rot, bender board breaks and brick mortar crumbles. But decorative curbing is permanent.

John Strieder
Aug 2, 2004
A Primer on Polymer Cement: An In-Depth Look at the Basics

Polymer-modified cement products and how they workThe use of polymer-modified cement products in the decorative concrete industry is common practice. Unfortunately, these products are also commonly misunderstood. This article will cover what they are, how they work, what they do.

Susan Brimo-Cox
May 2, 2003
Concrete Artisan Leaves Corporate Job for Decorative Concrete

Reception area with a concrete countertop to give it a modern look.Desperate to get away from the corporate rat race, Greg Hyde Hryniewicz started a concrete coatings company, and in the seven intervening years, he’s turned it into a decorative concrete firm that’s garnered numerous awards.

Kelly O'Brien
Apr 19, 2012
Long Range Planning: A Challenging but Essential Task for Business Owners

A man looking through binoculars at a pink skyline.Preparing for one, two or ten years down the road is equally important as your plans for today, tomorrow, or next week's jobs.

Bruce Hackett
Feb 5, 2002
Using Concrete Texture Skins to Increase Your Profit

Textured concrete mimics the look of the real stone on the edge of a concrete path. The green fern enhances the two tone brown of the walkway.Planned carefully, skins will make your job a distinguished work of art. New-and profitable-tricks can be learned by old dogs, including concrete and contractors. Texture skins and color release chemicals are changing the look of concrete.

Dave Cagle
Jul 2, 2001
TV Show Features Concrete that Looks Like Wood

Wood look concrete countertop by JM Lifestyles.You can't hate your bathroom when it features a flawless faux wood technique created and marketed by JM Lifestyles (Randolph, N.J.).

Editors
Dec 12, 2011
Decorative Concrete Panels Survive Decades of Weathering

The collection of 60 panels, each measuring 5 feet by 3 feet by 4 inches, was built to demonstrate seven production procedures popular at the time.The question of architectural concrete’s durability has finally been answered.

William C. Panarese
Dec 4, 2005
Enhancing the Beauty in Concrete Blemishes with Polished Concrete

Geometric engraved and polished concrete pattern with gradient coloring.Based in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, this father-and-son-led company takes on elaborate polished concrete surfaces as a labor of love.

David Searls
May 31, 2009
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