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Things to Know About Alkali-Silica Reaction

Under certain conditions the silica in glass and other reactive aggregates such as silica sand, granite and olivine react with the calcium hydroxide in portland cement and form a siliceous gel.One of the glitches of combining glass aggregate with portland cement is that the combination may trigger alkali-silica reaction (ASR).

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 10, 2018
Here's the Inside Scoop on Integral Color for Concrete

Pigment sample scoops for concreteGreg Hurst still recalls the first time he used integral color for a concrete installation project. It was 2010 and the founder/owner of Alabama Decorative Concrete in Birmingham had been hired to install a 12,000-square-foot driveway that would be stamped throughout.

Erin Ansley
Jul 3, 2018
Glass Aggregates Dress Up Concrete Slabs

Glass aggregates vary in size from 00 (double zero), which measure 1/32 inch to 1/16 inch and smaller, and increase in small increments around 1/8 inch give or take (0, 1, 2 and 3) until the size reaches 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch (4-7).One way to add color to an existing or new slab is to add a touch of glass — or more if you want to make a bolder statement.

Jul 10, 2018
What to Expect When Mixing Concrete With Glass

Looking closely at a bar top that is inlayed with glassUnlike water and oil, glass and concrete do mix and can marry well under the right circumstances. On the other hand, the union may not remain solvent if the chemistry isn’t there to deter the main reason this coupling would meet its demise: alkali-silica reaction (ASR).

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 9, 2011
One Day Stain Offers Quick Return-to-Service Time

Phoenix restaurant features a floor colored with iCoat's One Day Stain in medium gray with a brown accent. The area seen here at the hostess stand near the restaurant entrance is where a red-colored slab placed in 1957 meets up with a new pour.One Day Stain from iCoat eliminates down time with a quick turnaround from start to finish.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 26, 2017
Using Stencils to Create Decorative Sandblast Effect on Concrete

Stencil application with sandblasting created this theater black and white logo on the floor to the entrance.With little investment in equipment and training, sandblast stenciling will make an incredible profile in your concrete work.

Gail Elber
Apr 7, 2002
Concrete Impresses Guests at Dog Resort

Interior floors at the resort were treated with three different overlays, Dimmick reports. About 11,000 square feet of floor area was overlayed with CrownFlake epoxy and CrownHybrid vinyl flakes.Decorative concrete is going to the dogs. Or at least that’s the impression visitors are getting at Paws by the Lake, a pet boarding facility that opened recently in Avon Lake, Ohio.

Dec 18, 2008
Creating Unique Concrete Form Liners

With the concrete form removed the silhouettes of skate boarders can be seen in the pink foam.From skate parks to highway barriers, concrete walls are taking on a new look. Rather than monstrous monoliths of flat concrete looming on the horizon, extraordinary three-dimensional creations are popping up in cities and suburbs, along highways and beaches, next to mountains and in deserts — as one-of-a-kind works of art.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 8, 2004
Auto Painter Turned Decorative Concrete Mastermind

Awesome concrete wall looks like sediment layers of an actual cliff.Let’s get the question out of the way that you undoubtedly are itching to ask: Is it a jungle out there for California transplant Steve Kroo and Concrete Jungle, his Northridge decorative concrete business?

Feb 12, 2011
Underappreciated Structural Concrete Slabs Can Be Recycled

Recycling areas and spaces: Struggling industrial districts (such as those in Berkeley and Emeryville, Calif.) are reconceived as vital urban restaurant and retail centers.In concrete construction, as in society today in general, being green is hip. And part of being green includes recycling. Recycling materials: Collapsed L.A. freeways are demolished, stripped of reinforcing steel, and crushed, to rise again as an aggregate component in their replacements.

Mike Miller
Sep 15, 2009
A White Concrete Extension of Precast Panels

precast concrete extension on top of building A white concrete extension of precast panels added onto an apartment in the city of Innsbruck, Austria, has revitalized a century-old building. 

Vanessa Salvia
Comparing Radiant Heat Floor Coverings

Radiant floors are a welcome edition to a living room.Radiant heat floor coverings at-a-glance Here’s an overview of typical radiant-heat floor covering products and how they compare to decorative concrete.

Mar 1, 2003
Augmented Reality Meets Concrete

Augmented reality meets concreteOnce upon a time, and not so very long ago, a large segment of business was conducted in person or via a hard-wired telephone, and pencil and paper were the order of the day. An adding machine handled simple math functions, and an electric typewriter in the office was high tech.

K. Schipper
Sep 4, 2017
Concrete Hardscape Contractor Gets Creative With Glass

Glass is a fabulous way to introduce various colors, textures and even fiber-optic lighting, he says. Sometimes he even uses glass to incorporate a client's hobby or interest.Scott Cohen, owner of Green Scene Landscaping & Pools in the Los Angeles area, has been designing and building concrete countertops for more than 20 years.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 14, 2018
Arcus Contoured Masonry Blade from Arcus Inc.

Masonry blade for cutting concrete

It occurred to the owner of Arcus that there must be an easier way to make contoured cuts than with a router. A few hours later, she was rolling a rimless, contoured salad plate on its edge, watching as it traced a perfectly smooth, contoured path. Thus, the Arcus Contoured Blade was born.

Feb 13, 2008
Former Electrical Engineer Turns to Decorative Concrete

Upgraded concrete pool deck takes this space to another level.Who quits a stable job with a government pension for the insecurity of self-employment in a field where you have no formal training or experience? To put it another way, who in his right mind would give up a career in electronic engineering in a weapons program at the Nevada Test Site for … concrete work?

David Searls
Aug 11, 2008
Newlook International Provides New Magic to Disney

NewLook International pallet of Solid Color StainsThere’s more than one way to stain a slab, and Newlook International Inc. has found a way that is unique. Its products are modified polymer stains that require no sealer and are easy to maintain.

Aug 12, 2008
Innovative Concrete Blend: Xtreme Series from SureCrete Design Products

Innovative concrete blends often start with an innovative admixture that is lightweight enough for a coffee table.Innovative concrete blends often start with an innovative admixture. In the case of the new Xtreme Series line from SureCrete Design Products, that admixture is CarpenterStone.

May 7, 2008