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Polishing Contractors Should Address Pour-Backs, Trenches and Cutouts

Measuring moisture on a polished slab.For both new construction and remodel projects, polishing contractors face similar issues when trying to get concrete not poured at the same time to aesthetically match. This is a major problem in the world of construction.

David Stephenson
Jan 15, 2019
Should You Seal Concrete Now or Hold Off for Warmer Days?

This sealer failure was caused by condensed moisture in a low spotIn my experience, sealer issues caused by cold weather don’t occur in the northern “cold climates” but rather in the more temperate or “shoulder” regions that have transition seasons. They also tend to happen in warm climates that may experience cold weather for only brief periods of time.

Chris Sullivan
Jan 9, 2019
Shipping and Receiving Ramp Gets Concrete Makeover

Shipping and receiving ramp with a fresh lookAs part of the Aagen Group’s renovation of its facilities in Houston, the Business Flooring Specialists refurbished the company’s shipping and receiving ramp. The ramp was showing wear and tear and also needed its traction improved — especially when it was wet.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 9, 2019
Breathtaking Ocean Views from Pale Gray Italian Terrace

It was Niemeyer, a decorative concrete pioneer, who selected naturallooking concrete for the terrace, Seminati and ITAL.PAV.I.'s Massimo Ruggiero say.The latest creation of Brazilian architect and artistic concrete pioneer Oscar Niemeyer draws you into its grand oval entrance with a cool, understated terrace of pale gray.

Natasha Chilingerian
May 10, 2010
Using the Four P's of Marketing to Sell Concrete

Modern gray concrete countertop.Marketing activities exist in multiple forms. In 1960, marketer E. Jerome McCarthy identified four distinctive types of marketing, often referred to as the “four P’s”: product, price, place and promotion. This marketing mix provides a standard framework for a decorative concrete professional to communicate and deliver lasting value to customers.

Jacob Webb
Feb 27, 2013
How to Fix Bug Holes in Concrete Countertops in One Step

Nothing is more frustrating than bug holes in concrete countertops.There are few things more frustrating about making concrete countertops than dealing with bug holes. They seem to always show up and are seemingly just about impossible to fill completely. You think you’ve got them all filled, only to have bug holes show up after final polishing.

Mark Celebuski
Apr 9, 2011
Use Two Colors of Metallic Powder for a Two-tone Coated Floor

JonĀ Kopp, Quality Epoxy LLC, Gilbert, Ariz., says his metallic epoxy floors are all two-color these days.Jon Kopp, Quality Epoxy LLC, Gilbert, Ariz., says his metallic epoxy floors are all two-color these days.

Jon Kopp
Oct 1, 2013
Standing Out on the Vegas Strip

Gelcoat application on a reflection pool in Las Vegas New York New York Casino A new breed of seamless, spray-on, waterproof, protective coatings.

Editors
Apr 29, 2016
Tips and Tricks: Concrete Countertop Maintenance

Concrete countertop in a kitchen with fruit resting on itFrom "food-safe" to "sacrificial coating," kitchen concrete countertop maintenance will have you upgrading your vocabulary along with your tool kit. Here's how to speak the language.

Christina Camara
Jun 16, 2007
Decorative Concrete Imaging Software Helps Contractors Bring Ideas to Life

Here is a shot of a boy on a patio and it shows the difference between what the space currently looks like and what it could look like with a different color or pattern.When Depiction Software LLC adapted two standard types of construction software to fit the needs of decorative concrete contractors, it brought decorative concrete planning into the 21st century.

Editors
Sep 23, 2007
Fu-Tung Cheng Plays with Walls

This house, built in San Mateo County, Calif., by Cheng Design, has the fingerprints of acclaimed precast-piece designer Fu-Tung Cheng all over it.This house, built in San Mateo County, Calif., by Cheng Design, has the fingerprints of acclaimed precast-piece designer Fu-Tung Cheng all over it.

Cheng Design
Mar 19, 2011
enVisions Casting Mat from PreiTech Corp.

PreiTech mat laid out to show its shiny colors.It’s hard to describe enVisions using words alone. The plastic casting mat, which is laid into a countertop form before the concrete is poured, creates a genuinely unique, shimmering visual effect on a concrete surface.

Editors
Mar 12, 2008
The Five Ps of Concrete Polishing: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

In management or leadership training classes worldwide, you can learn about the five Ps for success: In management or leadership training classes worldwide, you can learn about the five Ps for success: “Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.” I think these Ps can apply to polished concrete projects as well. There are several specific planning items that can be addressed that will help any polish project be successful.

David Stephenson
Oct 20, 2016
Pouring a Concrete Countertop in Place at a College Bar

hand made concrete tool for a concrete countertop drink railThe owner, an old concrete contractor, wanted to replace the two bars with concrete. The goal was to add ambience and character to the bar with a material that could be hosed down along with the floors. The owner also wanted seamless tops, making this a good candidate for pouring in place.

Mark Celebuski
Sep 1, 2011
Public Works Projects: Start Your Bidding

Hands bidding at an auctionTo bid or not to bid? That is the question. And it’s one more and more contractors have been asking themselves lately, especially as public works departments are increasingly incorporating decorative concrete into municipal plans. But where does one begin?

Erin F. Ansley
May 7, 2008
Design to Delivery in 4 Days - How to make a GFRC Table

spraying GFRC for 3-D concrete projects Glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) lets you explore many aspects of design that are not possible with the more traditional precast methods. While GFRC is often used for countertops, we'll delve into how it can be used to construct a GFRC base for an outdoor patio table.Glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) lets you explore many aspects of design that are not possible with the more traditional precast methods. While GFRC is often used for countertops, we’ll delve into how it can be used to construct a GFRC base for an outdoor patio table.

Jeffrey Girard
Apr 12, 2016
Concrete Clad Bar Looks Like Upholstered Leather Sofa

upholstered bar sofa designAt first glance, you’d think you were looking at a distinguished upholstered bar done in a style that many attribute to a sofa designed for the fourth earl of Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope (1694-1773), that featured the now iconic buttoned leather look.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 29, 2017
New Countertop Sealers Do More Than Just Protect

Different items lined up to test against the sealers strength.More demand means better ingredients — but are they really all that different from floor sealers?\

The ideal concrete countertop sealer is a product that provides protection from stains, looks and feels like bare concrete and is safe to use.

Sue Marquette Poremba
Apr 12, 2007
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