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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
Tip-Top Concrete Tables and Counters

Concrete table with an artistic crack down the center.Concrete Decor salutes artisans nationwide for their ingenuity and creativity in designing tables and countertops. Here are 10 of our discoveries.

Editors
Aug 21, 2018
Concrete Expectations: Set the Bar Properly at the Onset

A control joint in a concrete slab that has been colored integrally.Setting the bar properly for your clients on the onset ensures happier customers in the long run.

Greg Iannone
Aug 18, 2018
Decorative Concrete Contractor Troy Lemon's Blue Moon Shines at WOC

Troy Lemon's Blue Moon Sculpture for World of Concrete 2015Unlike God almighty who, according to the Bible, created the world, its heavens and all forms of life in six days, the best Troy Lemon and his mortal crew could do was hand-form and carve a concrete replica of the moon in four.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jun 2, 2018
How to Choose the Right Sealers for Concrete Countertops

sealers are not a total guarantee, they can go a long way in ensuring a concrete countertop retains its Concrete countertops need protection from everyday abuses. The acids in vinegar and lemon juice can etch the surface, and the strong colors in tea, red wine and mustard can cause stains. While sealers are not a total guarantee, they can go a long way in ensuring a concrete countertop retains its “like new” appearance for a good long while.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Oct 7, 2004
The Most Important Part of Decorative Concrete Contracting is Communication

communicating with clients in the concrete industryAn amazing thing happened in 2011. Twitter users in Washington, D.C., tweeted news of an earthquake as it was happening, warning folks in New York City 30 seconds before they even felt it.

Doug Carlton
Oct 1, 2014
Choosing a Nonslip Additive for Your Floor Coating

The texture of a floor coating is usually adjusted by using some type of particle or grit to improve slip resistance.Of the many responsibilities that a contracting company takes on when it accepts a floor coating job, none is more important than designing for safe footing once the area has returned to service.

Peter Collins
Jul 11, 2013
Decorative Concrete Techniques: Stencils and Acid Etching

Close up view of stencil application with Profiler from Surface Gel TekA surface-preparation product called The Profiler from Surface Gel Tek can be used to create an etched effect with stencils. In these photos, Dane Hantz of Dane Concrete Design in Prescott, Arizona, demonstrates the technique. The surface was a steel-troweled concrete floor in a home. Hantz wanted to create a 60-linear-foot border around the room.

Editors
Feb 18, 2002
Gore Design Co. Countertop and Sink Molds

Brand Gore modular sink mold When asked how Gore Design Co.'s two (and soon to be three) integral sink molds set themselves apart in the marketplace, Gore Design principal Brandon J. Gore says it's a matter of timeliness.

Editors
Jan 23, 2006
Crete Master Concrete Surface Finisher

His invention has four smooth-edged blades of blue spring steel attached to a disc. The disc, with a 5⁄8-inch opening and an 11 thread size, fits onto many variable-speed polishers or angle grinders.Crete Master's smooth-as-glass countertop finish, a hand-held surface finisher that excels in finishing concrete counter tops, horizontal and vertical overlays, colored hardeners, edges on concrete slabs and many other applications that require a smooth finish.

Editors
Jan 4, 2005
Concrete Contractor Veterans Share Techniques for How to Stamp Concrete

Misty hillside spa surrounded by amazing concrete rocks tumbling down beside stamped concrete stairs.Experts share some secrets for honing your concrete stamping skills.

Denise Wendt
Aug 23, 2002
Light Sources Will Affect the Color of Your Dye on Concrete

lightbox that shows how different light sources affect the color of concreteWhen you are asked how well you understand dyes, are you confident? Maybe you shouldn’t be. Unless you or your customers have art or design backgrounds, or you have been burned on a project, you are probably naïve.

Peter Wagner, CSI
Nov 15, 2013
Patching Polished Concrete and the Art of Camouflage

A patch should be unobtrusive, not reaching out for your attention. What is your customer's first impression of the project you just spent three months on when the first thing that draws their eyes is a patch, a cold sore on your floor? A patch should be unobtrusive, not reaching out for your attention. What is your customer’s first impression of the project you just spent three months on when the first thing that draws their eyes is a patch, a cold sore on your floor?

Peter Wagner, CSI
Jun 1, 2013
Where to Place Joints in Curved Concrete

Just because a slab requires control joints doesn't mean the joints have to be straight. Here's how to bend them to your will.Just because a slab requires control joints doesn't mean the joints have to be straight. Here's how to bend them to your will.

Jack Innis
Dec 3, 2007
New product spotlight: SS ColorSystem

SS ColorSystem has a much more vibrant and consistent color than acid stains, and as being easier to apply.For many years, customers have been asking SealSource LLC for a densifier with color. As company CEO Kym Nelson reports, they may be the first company to offer a densifier that includes coloring pigments: SS ColorSystem, a penetrating, chemical densifier available in a wide range of colors.

Editors
Aug 26, 2005
Beautiful Decorative Concrete Projects In San Diego

Lithomosaic in San Diego sunburst colorful yellows and oranges spoke from the center.San Diego County is known far and wide for its beautiful weather, interesting people and endless summer atmosphere. So it was with great anticipation when San Diego was picked as the site for the 2016 Concrete Decor Show Sept. 25-29 that it was destined to be one showstopper of a show. And all indications point to that premonition coming true.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc and Jacqueline Valle
Sep 6, 2016
Pouring Concrete with Acid Staining in Mind

Pouring concrete that is to be stainedWhen preparing a brand new concrete surface to be acid-stained, don’t take anything for granted. Every step of the new concrete pour contains elements that might affect the quality of your acid stain job.

Nick Dancer
Nov 10, 2013
Identify Goals and Tactics to Marketing on a Budget

yellow and black target with bullseyeIt’s time to plan and put together the marketing plan and budget. While you may be trained in the latest technologies, processes and equipment, chances are you don’t have any formal education in the latest marketing trends and techniques.

Kimberly Kayler, CPSM
Oct 12, 2016
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