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Concrete Pool Embedded with LED Lights

swimming pool with LED lights in the copingThe pool, then, needed a finish worthy of the rest of the home. Luckily, her contractor-husband, Jeff Barger, handed their concrete contractor, William David Reynolds, a copy of Concrete Decor magazine that featured a patio embedded with fiber optics, providing the elegant touch the pool needed.

How Long Should You Guarantee Your Concrete Work?

How long should you guarantee your work? It all depends on who you ask. Four successful contractors from California to New York share their philosophy on warrantiesHow long should you guarantee your work? It all depends on who you ask. Four successful contractors from California to New York share their philosophy on warranties.

Who Stands Behind The Words We Read?

Paper will not refuse ink. What do I mean by that? Well, there is nothing more important in business than to represent yourself honestly and consistently, and ideally that is how your competition will address itself … and you.

Fundamentals of Business: The Science of Setting the Right Price for Your Services

Building Relationships with Architects

Building relationships with architects in the construction industryAn underutilized opportunity for potentially creating more jobs and visibility for your company exists within the design community. Architects and landscape architects are key members of the project team for commercial and high-end residential installations.

North of the Border: A Canadian Perspective
Decorative concrete booms across the Atlantic

Colored concrete medusa sculpture vertical placement on wallThe interest for decorative concrete is reaching new heights all over the world, and with this comes a need for education and training. Many countries are looking to the United States for products, information and support.

Is It Right for Your Concrete Business To Market With Social Media?

blue epoxy concrete floorIf you look for advice about how to promote and grow your business, you’re bound to encounter how important it is to be using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram. I think this is a problem, because it’s simply not true for everyone.

Smart Cement Revolutionizes Well Casings

concrete in borhole drillings

A researcher is trying to give cement sensing properties with applications in the oil industry.

Why You Should Integrate Infographics Into Your Marketing

Lately, it seems that you can’t read an online article or browse social media without coming across an infographic. Considered one of the most powerful marketing tools in use today, is it just a trend that will soon be on the way out or is there more than meets the eye to this form of visual media?

How to Get the Job Without Being the Low Bid

swimming pool surrounded by beautiful concrete floorWe’ve all had the phone call with a client where he lets you down gently, saying thanks, but some other contractor came in with a lower number. Sometimes it’s best to just write off those lost jobs, but how do you get the jobs you really want without having to be the lowest price? 

Protecting Your Business in Today's Market
Successful Email Marketing for Concrete Businesses

email marketing concrete businesses

Game Board tabletop mold and other releases from Proline

Proline Concrete Tools has recently released several new products for the precast industry.

Marketing Your Work With Photos

Bank entrance stained with images of coinsIn today’s world, we tend not to listen anymore. There are so many of us, we are all talking, and our words have become background noises for the stimuli that really distract us. If you want to say something today, you have to use the language that transcends culture, geography, and time. You have to use imagery.

Website Considerations for the Decorative Concrete Professional

How to make a better website

Pros and Cons of Specializing in Decorative Concrete

Part time or full time, should a concrete contractor provide decorative concrete, staining concrete, stamping concrete all the time?I have to guess some, maybe even most, of Concrete Decor’s readers enjoy the benefits of the decorative business as only a part of their contracting services. You may very well be one of the many who are wondering if you should make the leap to specialize in decorative work full time or simply offer it as one of many services.

Green Matters: What You Need to Know about Life-Cycle Assessments
Tips from Concrete Contractors who embrace Customer Service

Emoji for smiling to frowning red, yellow, green, representing customer service. from share customer-service tips that help make their businesses successful.

Second graders love decorative concrete

2nd Graders Love Concrete
A manufacturer gave them water bottles and T-shirts


Favorite Photos from World of Concrete 2005

Staining and coloring concrete making an image of a concrete contractor using a grinder at World of Concrete 2005A few of Concrete Decor's favortie photos from World of Concrete 2005

Niche Markets Help Keep the Recession in Check

Running a business has become more like a chess game, trying to maneuver yourself into the best position to keep the cash fl ow moving forward.Nothing, and I mean nothing, keeps a person up at night like worry over finding the next job or project. Running a business has become more like a chess game, trying to maneuver yourself into the best position to keep the cash flow moving forward.

How to Measure RH in Concrete

RH measurements in concrete

Halifax Startup Recycles Carbon Dioxide for Greener Concrete Products

Carbon Cure







CarbonCure Technologies, a Halifax-based startup that has developed the technology to recycle carbon dioxide gas back into solid concrete.

Carlton's Corner: "I'm Not Paying for That!"