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The Mall of Concrete is Open for Business!

The Mall of Concrete is Open for Business!If you were impressed with last year’s Decorative Concrete LIVE! debut, have we got more in store for you! World of Concrete attendees will look at vertical applications of decorative concrete in a whole new way after this year’s take on retail spaces inside and out.

Editors
Jan 22, 2018
Terrazzo Artistry Delivers Glitz to McCarran Terminal

Not Just Another Skate in the ParkLas Vegas’ McCarran Airport put its money down in a bet on a vibrant, colorful and imaginative new look for the airport’s Terminal 1 ticketing and baggage claim area.

Joe Maty
Jan 22, 2018
2017 Concrete Decor Show Leaves Lasting Marks on Florida Resort

2017 Concrete Decor Show Leaves Lasting Marks on Florida ResortDuring the 2017 Concrete Decor Show, the resort was buzzing with people talking about the improvements that were transforming the grounds and some of the facilities on the resort. From pools and walkways to countertops and floors, projects were conducted by seasoned professionals and completed by novices and decorative concrete veterans alike.

Editors
Jan 22, 2018
Recipe: Rich Swirling out of this World Floor Finish

Reminiscent of nothing so much as the surface of Jupiter, this rich swirling effect is guaranteed to take any epoxy floor up a notch.Reminiscent of nothing so much as the surface of Jupiter, this rich swirling effect is guaranteed to take any floor up a notch.

Ryan Neal
May 14, 2010
How did David Jack Corp. produce 480 countertops in just six weeks?

Piles of concrete countertops made for a client who had a short time frame for the order.Burbank, Calif., contractor David Jack Corp. specializes in countertops. So when Los Angeles-based Reform Furniture hired the firm to cast a group of workstation tops for a client back East, it was business as usual -- with one exception.

John Strieder
Nov 17, 2005
High-performance concrete - New formulations and systems created for concrete countertops

Restoring color in previously installed concreteBag mixes for countertops share some characteristics: They are designed to minimize cracking and shrinking, they are strong enough to be poured in thinner slabs and they are optimized for workability.

Amy Johnson
A Look at Chris Becker of Becker Architectural Concrete

Concrete contractors screeding a cast concrete table that is shaped like a surfboard.Along with his focus on quality work, Chris Becker makes education a priority — for homeowners, builders, architects and landscape designers.

Amy B. Johnson
Apr 28, 2005
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
Concrete Veneer Panels Make ICFs Rock

A concrete stone like veneer being placed on the outside of an old brick fireplace. For contractors who want a rock finish on the exterior of an ICF structure, M a variety of panelized stone veneer systems and interlocking structural insulated home-building panel systems are available.

K. Schipper
Apr 1, 2015
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
Countertop Pioneers: PCement Elegance, Bend, Ore.

The White StuffWith the economy in doldrums, it is commonly accepted that homeowners are looking to stay in their homes longer rather than sell. Therefore, the renovations they are undertaking are seen as representing their tastes rather than what they hope a buyer may like.

Robert S. Johnson
Make a Statement with Overlays for Concrete

Concrete overlay using multiple colors and a saw cut design.Although existing concrete surfaces offer unique staining opportunities, cementitous overlays provide a palette of unlimited color and texture.

Robin Suttell
Feb 9, 2001
Colormaker Workshop Lights Creative Fires

Colormaker workshop in Eugene, Oregon, group photo of class.Check out the photos from Colormaker Floors’ workshop at the Institute for American Craftsmanship.

Editors
Jan 6, 2005
Medallions Part 3: 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 Ventures: Deciding to use fillers or sealants to finish a job

Joint fillers and sealants are prevalent on commercial concrete floorsCall them fillers or call them sealants (people often use the terms interchangeably), but it’s a good bet if you’re involved with concrete work, you’ve run into determining what to do with the joints.

K. Schipper
Oct 16, 2017
Fly Ash instead of Cement

Fly ash is a cement alternative and is a waste product from burned coal.Fly Ash is a coal waste products that acts a lot like cement in the right recipe.

Editors
Feb 11, 2006
Getting Started in the Business of Decorative Concrete Curbing

The most popular curb style among homeowners is the mower edge.The market for residential curbing is growing by leaps and bounds. It can be a profitable niche for a concrete contractor.

Susan Brimo-Cox
May 5, 2005
Memorializing 9/11 with an Engraved Concrete Map

The simple yet powerful design of this memorial included the piece of wreckage from the World Trade Center and a map of the Northeast coastline of the United States on concrete pavement that approaches the tattered beam. The map identifies the coastline and the three crash sites of that dreadful date.The simple yet powerful design of this memorial included the piece of wreckage from the World Trade Center and a map of the Northeast coastline of the United States on concrete pavement that approaches the tattered beam. The map identifies the coastline and the three crash sites of that dreadful date.

Karen Van Heukelem
Oct 21, 2012
Greener Cement

Since manufacturing portland cement damages the environment, more and more concrete makers are giving alternatives a chance.

Loretta Hall
Nov 16, 2008
The Importance of Bonding Primers

A primer on primers! Here's some information on pretreatments that will stick with you.

Dave Searls
Labatt Blue Light Jungle Bar at Comerica Park, Detroit, Mich.

Tucked into the stadium that houses the Detroit Tigers, this sports bar features a lush decorative concrete floor.

Erin F. Ansley
May 31, 2009
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