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Up Close with Versatile Building Products

Near a clothing store dressing room is a sun stained on a concrete overlay surrounded by blue, green, and tan stained floor.Versatility is the name of the game with Versatile Building Products' floor and decking products.

Manufacturer Profile: Super-Krete International Inc. El Cajon, Calif.

Concrete courtyard finished with a grid pattern achieved with Super Krete productsStarted 25 years ago and specializing in tennis courts construction, Super-Krete went on to develop Liquid Concentrate, a coating product designed to withstand the test of time and last through extreme weather conditions.

10 Most-Read Blog Posts About Concrete from Concrete Decor's Website

Metallic red and gray tile pattern garage floor coatingNot everything we write or receive ends up in Concrete Decor. We have a section on the website for “Online Exclusives,” things that we don’t have space for in the magazine but are too good not to share.

10 Favorite Concrete Decor Magazine Covers

Concrete Decor Cover Vol 12 No 4From day one, we put a lot of thought into the covers for each issue of Concrete Decor magazine. Because it isn’t available on newsstands, we don’t have to try to appeal to the average grocery shopper standing in line, but we definitely want our cover images to be attention-grabbing.

Manufacturer Profile: QC Construction Products, Madera, California

Large stamped concrete patio in front of a mammoth houseStarted in 1992 in Madera, Calif., QC Construction began life as a regional supplier of decorative concrete raw materials — colors, hardeners, release powders — to contractors in central and southern California. The company blossomed in the mid-’90s when contractors and homeowners alike discovered that there was more to concrete than mere shades of gray.

Superabrasive and Lavina A Company and a Brand You Can Trust

LAVINA by Superabrasive has become a Upgrade to Lavina propane and electric concrete grindersleading name in the concrete grinding and polishing industry. It is well recognized for its reliable and efficient floor machines and high-quality diamond tools. Here is what concrete contractors shared about their experience with LAVINA products and the company that makes them -- Superabrasive.

10 Amazing Concrete Jobs

round concrete tea barOf all the lists we compiled for this special issue, this one was probably the hardest. It wasn’t because there were so few good jobs to choose from — quite the opposite.

Manufacturer Profile: How Colormaker Floors does Concrete

Man in white hard hat measuring pigment to add to a concrete mix.Products and training from Colormaker will help you turn an ordinary floor into an artistic creation.

10 Most Popular Class Topics in the Concrete Decor Show's History (with one bonus)

Chris Sullivan teaching concrete classOf the Concrete Decor Show’s top 35 most-attended courses, some topics emerged that were more popular than all the others. First on the list are countertops, followed by polymer overlays and coatings, and polishing concrete.

10 Influential People in the Decorative Concrete Industry

How could we narrow down the numerous influential people in the industry to just 10? It wasn't easy, that's for sure. Our list is by no means all-inclusive, but here are brief profiles of 10 people we think continue to influence the decorative concrete industry in a positive way. Who should we have included? Sound off at our Facebook page.How could we narrow down the numerous influential people in the industry to just 10? It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure. Our list is by no means all-inclusive, but here are brief profiles of 10 people we think continue to influence the decorative concrete industry in a positive way. Who should we have included? Sound off at our Facebook page.

Manufacturer Profile: Increte Systems, Inc.

Increte Systems is a one stop shop for decorative concrete supplies push education on its customers.After 39 years in business it's still; quality products, quality education, quality support that equate to quality installations every time.

Introducing Rare Earth Labs, Inc.

Hand Engraved concrete stones were individually stained with Rare Earth colors.Making concentrated concrete stains in Arkansas, with these stains water makes them better.

The Family Roots of GLC3 Concrete

George Lacker (right) owner of GLC3 Concrete and Geoff Kemp, senior project manager.Education, imagination, and lots of experimentation have given George Lacker the right to say he makes some Great Looking Concrete.

10 Most-Accessed Articles from Concrete Decor's Archives

a husband and wife and their wedding rings, the grooms hands have concrete burnsWe took a look at the most-read articles from our archives, and this list gives a unique picture of what information interests our readers the most.

A Company that Listens - Proline Concrete Tools

Vine concrete stamps from Proline Concrete Tools.Close communication with contractors has helped Proline perfect its offerings and maintain its position as a leader in the industry.

Finding the Sweet Spot Among Acrylic Sealers and Acrylic Urethanes

Retailers, restaurants, shopping centers and entertainment venues can lose significant revenue if their facilities or walkways need to be shut down and revamped. Contractors have relied on acrylic sealers for decades to protect concrete flooring systems, and for good reason. In the right conditions, these sealers offer optimal durability, stain resistance and a desirable “wet look” finish. However, they have their limitations too and aren’t always the ideal option for high-traffic areas and environments with extreme hazards.

Got Concrete Slurry?

Pool of concrete muddied water on a jobsite.If you’re doing anything with polishing, drilling or sawing concrete these days, you’re likely already using water in your processes. Those hedging on not using wet processes are staring straight at a mandate from OSHA that requires contractors to reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica.

10 Unusual Concrete Creations

Inversion Sink Artisan in Concrete: Justin Burd and Nathan Smith, Set In Stone Concrete Design HouseHere, the Concrete Decor staff shares its top 10 favorite out-of-the-ordinary concrete creations that were featured or almost featured in the past 99 issues. The thin-shell pavilion and fabric-formed planter tied for first place, while the faux bois sconce and slippers tied for second. 

The Power of Diamond Grit

Polished concrete in an Atlanta, Georgia, building was the most efficient and easy to maintain flooring option.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 Decor Publisher Letter: October 2010

Bent Mikkelsen Concrete Decor magazine 2010If you haven’t started, now is a good time to set the wheels in motion. It’s only a hunch, but I believe we are all in for a healthier year ahead businesswise.

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