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The Power of Diamond Grit

Upgrade to Lavina propane and electric concrete grinders One of the largest lighting manufacturers in North America has recently moved its product development to a 132,000-square-foot building in Atlanta, Georgia, and the company chose polished concrete as the most cost-efficient and easy to maintain flooring option.

Concrete Flooring Restoration Highlights Sanctuary's Conversion

The First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, University City, MissouriBuilt in Missouri in 1927, the First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis’ sanctuary was recently renovated to modernize its look and feel, while preserving its historic Gothic style. Improvements to the sanctuary’s floor, specifically two rectangular sections under the pews, were vital to this upgrade. 

Erik Pisor
Jul 24, 2017
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Vertical Carving Artist Creates Themed Spaces

Vertical Concrete Creations from Nampa, IdahoBeing in the construction industry his whole life, Dion Battles made the unsurprising leap to decorative concrete, specifically the vertical carving and theming part of the industry, after the nationwide recession hit the residential building industry hard in 2007. 

Jacqueline Valle
Jul 24, 2017
Glow-in-the-dark Patio: Way Cool for School

Dalton Elementary and Middle School amphitheater, Dalton, OhioJason Geiser, owner of Deco-Crete Supply in Orrville, Ohio, thought a broad, sloping hill at his three children’s new school needed something to transform it from a virtually unusable space to an inviting outdoor classroom. He and the school officials came up with a project that revolved around Geiser building an amphitheater. 

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 24, 2017
Decorative concrete makeover at SAY Sí earns a resounding 'Yes!'

The transformative projects were part of the 2012 Concrete Decor Show — which also featured the creation of a colossal concrete dinosaur.

Emily Dixon
Apr 19, 2012
Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame Grows by Three

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HoverTrowel Power Trowel

Power trowel designed to finish decorative epoxy aggregate mortarsThis patented power trowel designed specifically for finishing decorative epoxy aggregate mortars has proven to be very adaptable and capable of finishing many types of polymer and modified cementitious overlays.

Feb 16, 2002
Weather Affects Set Time of Stamped Concrete Overlays

Stamped concrete overlay on a busy driveway in a southern California subdivision.When working with stamped concrete overlays, experts caution you to keep your eye on weather and temperature conditions.

David Searls
Jun 7, 2017
Carlton Construction on Set with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Working with Extreme Makover: Home Edition boosted business for Carlton Construction CompanyAsked to do the decorative concrete work for an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, cousins Doug and Scott Carlton thought it sounded like a worthwhile project. Their work on the show, seen by more than 13 million viewers, led to a flurry of media attention in the state of California.

Jul 19, 2004
Inspiration finds form in Decorative Concrete: Airspeed Skateparks

Skilled skater dude on a skate ramp he built with his friends in Oregon.Plenty of people can work with concrete and make functional and aesthetically pleasing interior and exterior structures. A skatepark, however, is a different animal. In addition to having a sound structural plan and fresh features, a great park needs a crew that understands motion.

Mary Ann Petersen
Dec 1, 2002
Concrete Countertops Come Alive After Dark

Glow in the Dark Concrete Countertops The powdered sugar-like product is available for a little more than $100 per pound, and for this project it only took 1/4 pound to achieve this long-lasting glow effect.

Vanessa Salvia
Why To Consider Using a Consultant for Your Upcoming Concrete Jobs

Man with a chip brush applies color to the side of a concrete pool liner.A decorative concrete consultant, according to Concrete Decor, can help with product and installation procedures, assist with selecting qualified installers, and provide preparation and enforcement of specifications.

Elise Crain
Aug 5, 2002
Diamond Engraving Pin for Concrete that fits a Dremel

Diamond engraving bit for concrete that fits a Dremel toolThe concrete engraving pin by Star Diamond is a solid (not coated) diamond segment ¼” in diameter by 1” long diamond router on an 1/8” shank.

Feb 2, 2001
Examples of Snowmelt Concrete Applications

Concrete helipad with a snowmelt system installedHere are a list of places where radiant heat and snowmelt systems can be most effective.

Oct 2, 2003
Green Matters: Getting Into Green

Sherry A. Boyd
Jun 5, 2012
Communication with Questions

Clipart of two people communicating using questions. A sales person needs to know about the person prior to selling a product or project. Sound intelligent.

Asking the right questions will help you truly connect with your customer.

Ken Lundin
Dec 9, 2002
Brilliant Concrete Bar Tops

Restaurant concrete countertop that looks like wood surrounded by flowing fabric.In converting a warehouse in an offbeat neighborhood to an organic microbrewery, the married duo of Emily Thomas and Chad Brill proved to be up for anything.

David Searls
Mar 1, 2010
Concrete Questions: How Do You Fix a Stamped Concrete "Patchwork Quilt"?

stamped and stained concrete walkway

Chris Sullivan
Earth-Centered Projects Pavilion Links to Natural History

embedding fossils and other prehistoric artifacts in decorative strips in the wallsAt Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, California, learning sometimes takes the form of a hands-on experience. And there’s no more powerful example of this approach to education than the school’s special projects pavilion, part of the recently completed Science Education and Research Facility.

Joe Maty
Backyard Beach

Around the pool is a beach design GLC3 planned for the Dolphin Mall in Miami. He applied an overlay and created an ocean blue both in the pool and around it, using SuperStone integral blue color in the overlay and blue SuperStone dyes on the surface.

Choices in Fiber Reinforcement

You won't find this kind of fiber in bran muffins — learn about the fiber additives that strengthen concrete.

Loretta Hall
The Concretist Inc.

Mike Miller, a Benicia, Calif., artist, calls his work "sensory concrete."

Chris Camara