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Build the Perfect Pool Deck: Part 3 of 3 Finishing the Deck

Salt Water Pools Concrete Deck Sealer

Moisture Tests: Calcium Chloride vs. Relative Humidity
When cold temperatures affect sealers
Stamp Shield Hybrid Concrete Sealer Promises a Change for the Better

brown decorative concrete It’s no secret that most people think sealers are the Achilles’ heel of decorative concrete. You can do nearly everything perfectly while installing your concrete masterpiece only to have something like a sealer decimate all your good efforts.

How To Make Maintenance Work For You To Increase Profitability

guy on ride on polishing machineConsumers, often blown away with the low prices of desktop inkjet printers, forget to consider the additional cost of ink cartridges which put many of them on a first name basis with the folks at the office supply store. If you’re selling decorative concrete as no-maintenance, you could be missing out on tapping into the same sort of profit center those cartridges represent, either through selling products or providing maintenance services — or both.

Slip-Resistant Concrete Floors Are Perfect For Vegas Projects

AquaFlex concrete coating on stairs in vegas

Product Focus: ALX and MACoat from Westcoat Specialty Coating Systems
Use of Penetrating Sealers is on the Rise

dull concrete surface being enhanced with penetrating sealerThe decorative industry grew up on the “one size fits all” high-gloss sealer which was the go-to coating for decades. While high gloss is still widely used, low-gloss and natural finishes in the decorative concrete industry have been gaining momentum as homeowners, architects and designers seek more ecofriendly, green and natural-looking sealing options.

Metallic Epoxy Floors: How to Install, Control and Manipulate them

brown gold metallic epoxy coatingColorful mica pigments designed to be dispersed in a variety of binders are part of what makes metallic epoxy floors so alluring.

Concrete Questions: Why Do High-Performance Coatings Outperform Sealers?
The Great Debate: Glossy vs. Matte Sealers

Most people will tell you choosing the gloss level of a sealer mostly comes down to preference and personal taste. But besides aesthetics, what are some factors to consider when choosing one finish over another?

Faux Ice and Water, Calgary, Alberta, and four citiies, Florida

Should You Coat Concrete or Not?

Polished concrete coating shows foot traffic patterns in the middle of this box store's aisle shows where the semi-topical sealer has worn off the concrete in a short time. From huge industrial manufacturing plants and nationwide retail stores to restaurants and residences across the country, polished concrete has become a very popular flooring option over the last decade.

Chicago Sports Depot, Chicago, Ill.

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Are You Afraid to Seal Concrete?

Serene setting at a upscale hotel where luxurious lounge chair sit atop a stamped concrete pool deck.I firmly believe that the lifeblood of our industry is new and innovative products that continue to move the decorative market forward. A close second, the oxygen of our industry, is word-of-mouth advertising by satisfied clients who have had their expectations met.

Advanced Tools for Coating Application

Concrete coatingsA good set of tools goes a long way. When it comes to applying urethanes, epoxies and other concrete coatings, it’s a necessity. In a world where you have to constantly monitor moisture issues, pH, efflorescence, alkali-silica reactivity, surface temperature variants, and constantly changing weather conditions, the last thing you need to worry about is an underperforming tool.

Tiger Stripes in a San Diego Kitchen

Tiger stripped metallic concrete floor - epoxy.This wild floor design should tame the outdated notion that epoxies are only for airplane hangers and garage floors.

Design Ideas: Medical Facilities
Ardex showcases product lines in new California facility

Swank Surfaces in New Offices
In-house materials make Ardex's SoCal digs shine

Justice, Just For Girls Retail Floor, Charlotte, N.C.
Should You Stop Sealing?
ModaCrete releases Pamako CCS concrete countertop sealer
UV Light Cured Coatings Fast and Prosperous

UV light being used to cure a coating on a concrete test slab. courtesy of https://newfinishtech.wordpress.com/tag/new-finish-technologies/#jp-carousel-8A great deal of Scott Harrison’s work involves large facilities, so he understands the importance of being able to do a lot in a limited amount of time.

How Can You Minimize Sealer Slipperiness?

Sealing a concrete patioUsing grit additives has become the most common method for reducing slipperiness when sealing decorative concrete flatwork on exterior walking surfaces. The grit additives are mixed into the sealer, then the gritty sealer is applied to the concrete. However, as the question states, in this situation the weather was too cold to reseal the concrete. So another method needs to be used until springtime arrives and temperatures rise consistently above 50 F. 

How a Sealer Gets New Life in the Decorative Concrete Industry

A concrete sealer has been discovered by decorative concrete fabricators who appreciate its thinness and praise its stain resistance and durability.

Southwestern Paint and Supply’s Hydro Guard, a sealer designed 22 years ago for secondary containment of chemicals and for sealing exterior stucco, has been discovered in recent years by decorative concrete fabricators who appreciate its thinness and praise its stain resistance and durability.

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