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Attain more Color Variations with Acrylic Concrete Stains

Acrylic stains for concrete often replace acids -- but even more intriguingly, the two can work together. Orange, Brown, Green and tan acrylic concrete stain in a geometric textured pattern.Acrylic stains for concrete often replace acids — but even more intriguingly, the two can work together.

Controlled Erosion

Intended to mimic the look of travertine, this microexposure finish leaves the surface with a subtle texture that complements integrally colored exteriors beautifully.

Lafarge North America Artevia Decorative Concrete

Artevia Polish with white cement succeded in highlighting the aesthetic white desired by the artist for this fashion cathedral.Lafarge North America is putting some color in its catalog with its new line of Artevia colored concrete.

Product Focus: Stone Essence, from Increte Systems Inc.
The Elements of Design: The Vitality of Line

Concrete in Louisianna State Museum - Concrete Decor MagazineThere is a famous paperback called “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. Many writers treasure it as a guide to writing clearly and succinctly while avoiding common grammatical errors. The handbook itself is a model of clarity.

How Do You Combat Efflorescence on a Stained, Sealed Floor?

Efflorescence on a stained, sealed concrete floorIn our home in Houston, we have a stained concrete slab-on-grade floor covered with white powder. We had the floor tested and the white powder was identified as salts escaping and clouding the floor.

Creating Color Designs with Rachel Knigge-Bruce's Stencils
OSU Further Polishes its Image with Expansion Project

Water-based Acrylic Sealers Have Great Advantages

dry and wet floor comparison

Using Your Concrete Cutting Saw Skills

Concrete contractor using edge grinder with diamond blade to saw cut detail in a concrete slab.

Cary Grant — the Las Vegas decorative-concrete impresario, not the Hollywood movie icon — has crafted dramatic masterpieces through his company, Floor Seasons, that could be considered Oscar-worthy, if there was a decorative concrete category. Rick Lobdell, owner of Concrete Mystique in Nashville, has produced his share of award-winning art.

A 26-Foot Color Logo for a Florida High School

Awesome Acrylic Stains for Concrete

It's imperative that an applicator knows the ins and outs of the surface that will be stained. Understanding the porosity of the concrete is a good place to begin. The more porous the surface, the deeper the stain will penetrateAcrylic stains are finding new uses among decorative concrete artisans, both on their own and as companions to acids.

Superior Stenciling

From rugs to logos: Several examples of one of decorative concrete’s most proven, versatile treatments.

Which Type of Decorative Concrete is Right for You?
Why Tapes, Stains and Sealers Don't Get Along

Tape marks left behind on concrete

It is widely known that the decorative concrete industry has struggled with tape issues for decades. These range from the tape tearing when overlays are being applied, or stain bleeding under the tape, to adhesive effectiveness when the tape gets wet.

Teaching Maintenance

From presale to reseal, educating customers in how to maintain their decorative concrete is a lengthy process.

Best in Color: A university dining center impresses in L. M. Scofield's annual contest

Concrete Crafters Blend Applications at Popular Microbrewery

11 Proven Concrete Color Recipes

Oyster White/Sandstone Color-Texture Combination concrete color recipeStep-by-step instructions and useful tips from people in the industry who have experimented enough to know what works.

Product Focus: Pro-Dye from Brickform
Dyes and metallics combined for glowing floor at baby accessories store

Metallics and Dyes Join Forces
Colorants make day-glow purple at baby products store

Cascading Concrete Waterfalls and a Spa in a Concrete Glass

margaritaville themed concrete hot tub in a concrete glass

RicoRock Inc., a leading manufacturer of residential pool waterfalls in the U.S., has hundreds of dealers, but Margaritaville’s owners wanted to work directly with RicoRock because of the scope of the project and the company’s more than 30-year history of creating waterfalls.

Unpredictable yet Beautiful - Meet Concrete Acid Stains

The familiar mottled patterns of these stains are still in demand. What's more, contractors have new ways to try for that look.The familiar mottled patterns of these stains are still in demand. What’s more, contractors have new ways to try for that look.

Tried and True Concrete Color Recipes

Decorative concrete enthusiasts have their favorite recipes, just like chefs do, and if you ask, they'll share their secrets with you. Concrete Decor did just that recently with several contractors and manufacturers. Here are some of their field-tested favorites.Our annual summer feature offers step-by-step directions that will get contractors cooking on some distinctive concrete concoctions.

Using a Color Wheel for Your Concrete Work

using a Color Wheel for Your Concrete Work

There is a famous paperback called “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. Many writers treasure it as a guide to writing clearly and succinctly while avoiding common grammatical errors. The handbook itself is a model of clarity.

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