Glass-fiber reinforced concrete and other materials can be molded to make rock structures so natural-looking, even Mother Nature will be fooled.
From the playground to the locker room, decorative concrete is inspiring teachers and school administrators across the country.
On their own or combined with acid stains, dyes offer color options that allow the imagination to soar. Plus, they can be a lifesaver when your acid staining job goes south.
As any decorative concrete artisan knows, staining is one of the most nuanced, finicky and unpredictable techniques in the playbook. Yes, stains offer a fantastic variety of design possibilities — just consider the difference between an acid-stained floor and a water-based stain job, for example.
Stenciling is so much quicker is that all work can be done from outside the forms using long-handled tools. The pattern is provided by the stencils, and texturing may be accomplished with lightweight textured rollers.
Beginning painters get so excited by the smorgasbord of shapes, colors and textures they have been learning that they often try to put every trick they know into each of their paintings. This leads to a hodge-podge with no focus.
What started out as a once-in-a-lifetime hunting adventure turned into a friendship and a trophy-worthy job where contractor Matt Villella, owner of Sierra Concrete Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota, bagged one of his most memorable projects to date.
Acrylic stains for concrete often replace acids — but even more intriguingly, the two can work together.
Metallics and Dyes Join Forces
Colorants make day-glow purple at baby products store
Acrylic stains are finding new uses among decorative concrete artisans, both on their own and as companions to acids.
How is a puddle of water like a colored concrete slab?
In fact, it was recommended that we avoid promoting this product and, if we had to sell it, that the variegated results should be disguised by buffing with a colored wax.
Stenciling on concrete opens the door to a world of design options that personalize and enhance a decorative concrete project. The results can be simple or complex depending on the design you are seeking. Stencils can be used to create tile or stone patterns, corporate and company logos, and unique works of art.
To sample just a few of the flavors of decorative concrete that can be found in the newest restaurants, follow us to Modesto, Calif., San Diego, Calif., Covington, La., and St. Louis, Mo.
San Diego County is known far and wide for its beautiful weather, interesting people and endless summer atmosphere. So it was with great anticipation when San Diego was picked as the site for the 2016 Concrete Decor Show Sept. 25-29 that it was destined to be one showstopper of a show. And all indications point to that premonition coming true.
Tempt the eye with a whole new batch of concrete color makers’ favorite designs and effects.
Traditional acid-based stains may be today’s gold standard for the decorative concrete industry, but their water-based cousins are growing in popularity due to their ease of application, quick cleanup and range of colors.