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Polished Concrete Industry is not Sheltered from the Effects of Politics

As a consultant who works with contractors and manufacturers alike, I sometimes see things that aren’t typically discussed that I feel are important to share. So I’m going to attempt to tie together the various strings of thought on tax updates and how these will affect our industry specifically.

David Stephenson
Apr 7, 2017
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Concrete surface retarders deliver practical results with a little artistry

To decorative concrete contractors, surface retarders are valuable tools for both pragmatic and aesthetic reasons. They’re easy to work with, relatively inexpensive — especially considering the costly alternatives of sandblasting or acid washing — and can be used to create endless textures and designs.

David Searls
Apr 6, 2017
Get to know Joshua Annis of Joshua James Artistry

Carved concrete wall that looks like the inside of a cave by San Diego concrete contractor Joshua AnnisWith a passion for art and a love of sculpting, painting and pottery, Joshua Annis had the opportunity of a lifetime presented to him at a young age and at a time when he had no direction in his life and then along came concrete.

Jacqueline Valle
Apr 5, 2017
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Carlton's Corner: Knowing When and Why to Say No

Doug Carlton
Aug 12, 2013
Project Profile: A New Overlay Scores Points at a Sacramento Ballpark

Natasha Chilingerian
Apr 18, 2013
Artisan in Concrete: Texas Bomanite, Dallas, Texas

Chris Mayo
Artisan in Concrete
Oct 23, 2012
A Passion for Innovation Keeps this Concrete Contractor Excited about the Trade

Concrete kitchen countertop has a bi level bar area and is an L shaped kitchen.With a natural bent for innovation, this third-generation Santa Cruz contractor brings a unique touch to his decorative work.

Brad Jeske
Feb 25, 2011
Decorative Concrete Tips: Fixing a Crack With Artistry

Concrete crack fixed by adding art.Fixing cracks in concrete can go a long way when you use an artisic flair to spice it up.

Dave White
Feb 25, 2011
The Ongoing Evolution of the Species Concrete

In FuTung Cheng's view, the term

In FuTung Cheng’s view, the term “decorative concrete” fails to convey the full measure of the material’s prowess in enhancing design. Coloring, texturing, stamping or staining don’t begin to tell the whole story.

Joe Maty
Design Theory
Feb 3, 2015
Concrete in Colorado: Beyond Decorative Concrete

concrete contractors installing water features

Karen Van Heukelem
Aug 4, 2015
Add Texture to your Slab with Concrete Texture Rollers

Texture roller skims the surface of a stenciled concrete slab giving a textured look.In this world, there are two types of concrete: concrete that’s flat, gray and utilitarian, and concrete that’s been shaped, colored and/or textured — and is considered art.

K. Schipper
Apr 7, 2017
Cement Health with Safety Precautions on the Construction Job Site

Protect yourself when working with concrete related products such as color hardener, concrete sealers, concrete pigments, silica dust.Masks, gloves and goggles protect your body from the damaging effects of concrete dust and chemicals used in beautifying concrete.

Bruce Hackett
Feb 25, 2011
Carved Vertical Concrete Old-World Wine Cellar

Old world wine cellar made of concrete that was carved out of concreteFor high-end homebuilders, the inclusion of a private wine cellar in the blueprints is not exactly a groundbreaking idea. But while most cellars consist of pretty straightforward temperature control and wine-racking systems, Nathan Giffin, owner of Creative Rock Forming and the creative powerhouse behind a recent wine cellar project in Naperville, Ill., has rather a different idea of what a private wine cellar can be.

Kelly O'Brien
Oct 28, 2011
An Arizona High School Teaches Concrete Skills

A high school teaching students the finer points of polishing? Compass High School has added pouring, finishing and polishing concrete to its vocational programming.

Chris Mayo
Sep 5, 2012
Nine Novice Stamping Mistakes

How to avoid common mistakes in concrete stamping and how to fix them, Stone look stamped concrete patio looks terrible.

Novice stampers are prone to making a few common mistakes. Some have to do with planning the job. Others have to do with misunderstanding the materials, while still others are simply a lack of familiarity with manipulating stamps and skins. Here’s an opportunity to learn the easy way.

Gail Elber
Nov 24, 2014
Slip Stone Extruded Wall System

The new Slip Stone System works to enhance extruded form wall applications much more efficiently.Rolling Along! Slip Stone System Enhances Extruded Walls. For extruded form wall applications, decorative concrete is no longer a stranger.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Feb 23, 2011
From Shape into Style: An Artist Explores and Explains Good Decorative Concrete Design

Good decorative concrete design

Gaye Goodman
May 14, 2015
A Concrete Contractor Who Has Taught the Basics of Concrete Around the World

A concrete highway wall just outside of Cairo. This was the contractor's first concrete staining job (with instructions from Archambault over the phone).From Cairo to Seoul, this contractor has taught the basics of concrete around the world. Michael Archambault was more than a casual contender. Back in the '70s, before he was 25 years old, the sassy lad who grew up in San Diego had Houston by its concrete tail. He not only owned a Patterned Concrete Industries franchise but eventually bought out the mother company and served as president.

Stacey Klemenc
Feb 25, 2011
Pitfalls to Avoid When Bidding for Arena Work

Arenas and stadiums are a market that is gaining momentum in polished concrete. Between high schools, colleges and professional sports teams, there are a lot of these venues around the country. As they come up for remodel, polished concrete is a great option for the flooring on concourses and even under seats.

David Stephenson
Mar 16, 2011
Rockview House, Santa Cruz, Calif.

Take an older home on the beach in need of radical change. Add a designer and a concrete contractor, both of whom are comfortable thinking outside the box. Give them carte blanche and as much time as they need. Allow their creative juices to simmer. What do you get? A dramatic award-winning remodel project that screams individuality.

Chris Mayo
Mar 16, 2011
Broaden your knowledge and bring your clients' dreams to reality.

Having many techniques in your arsenal can bridge the difference between your client's vision and the reality of a project. Today's clients are more sophisticated. They expect more. Plain gray concrete is no longer good enough for them.

Richard Smith
Feb 18, 2011
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