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Stamping Concrete the Old-Fashioned Way

How to stamp concrete without texture mats or texture skins.Unique Concrete, a family-run business out of West Milford, N.J., stamps concrete without the stamp and texture mats of today. Instead, they use old-fashioned tools to create a layer of what they call “cast-in-place concrete tile or stone.”

How Should You Color Your Stamped Concrete?

Color selection for stamped and textured concrete is always at the top of the list of issues people question me about.Color selection for stamped and textured concrete is always at the top of the list of issues people question me about. My goal when answering questions like this has always been to try and provide good advice on color selection so no one has to come back and ask about color correction. 

Recipe: Antiquing a Stamped Overlay

This method is a quick, consistent and effective way to achieve a beautiful antiqued look with Miracote products.Antiquing stampable overlays is taken for granted these days. However, there are many ways to achieve this effect. This method is a quick, consistent and effective way to achieve a beautiful antiqued look with Miracote products.

Using Stencils to Expand Artistry in Decorative Concrete

Applying a stencil to a floor creating an artistic look when artistic talent is lacking.Because their artistry is computer-generated, stencils empower every contractor to create stunning works of art regardless of artistic talent. It is amazingly simple to produce logos, images, and artistic effects with exact detail and concrete industry has an arsenal of magnificent images ready to order.

Border Tools and Designs

Horses stamped into concrete and stained a reddish brown color.Classic Native American patterns, wild horses, tropical fish: today's border-stamp makers are living on the edge.

11 Proven Concrete Color Recipes

11 ways to color your concrete, step by step how-tosStep-by-step instructions and useful tips from people in the industry who have experimented enough to know what works.

Maintaining and Resealing Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete walkway to look like brick.If you install stamped concrete, you should be maintaining stamped concrete. You already have all the equipment you need, and you have the experience and training you need as well. Offering an annual maintenance program on your work, or any stamped concrete work for that matter, is a good source of revenue that does not require much in the way of equipment or mental gymnastics.

Concrete Walkway and Columbariums Transform Garden

Decorative Concrete Columbariums

Get the Best Results with Concrete Admixtures

The culprit in each of these nightmare scenarios is an admixture improperly used. Of course, admixtures are intended to enhance the installation and/or performance of a finished project and in the vast majority of cases they do.Have you had this happen to your concrete stamping job?

A Concrete Tree Celebrates the Branches of a Family-Owned Business

Steven Ochs Smith Paints concrete treeBeing next door to the Artistry in Concrete competition at the World of Concrete 2015, Steven Ochs knew he had to bring his A game to the Smith Paint Products booth. Ochs, a decorative concrete artisan and chairman of the department of art and design for Southern Arkansas University, presented several designs to the Brunners, owners of the family-run business. 

Meeting the Demand for Crack Control in Stamped Concrete

Crack control in stamped concreteStamped concrete is the very foundation of decorative concrete industry. The ability to take concrete and add pattern and color separates you from your competition. This ability also increases a customer’s expectations. Simply put, most customers will not accept a random crack running through patterned concrete, nor should they.

Water-based Surface Retarder Creates Unique Decorative Finish

SurfEtch byt Butterfield Color on this walkway.SurfEtch from Butterfield Color is a water-based mild surface retarder that, when used with fresh concrete, exposes the sands in the concrete for a unique decorative finish. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, it can add slip resistance and is solvent-free. Best of all, it’s easy to apply for even the beginning contractor.

Decorative Concrete Award Winners Elevate Industry Expectations

decorative concrete award winnerPassion, precision, artistry and creativity were all on display at the L. M. Scofield Co. ninth annual Decorative Concrete Awards ceremony held during the World of Concrete 2017 in Las Vegas. Scofield, now a member of Sika, a specialty chemicals company with subsidiaries in 93 countries around the world, enlists professionals from the concrete industry to judge submissions based on skill of installation, artistic expression and integration with the overall design intent.

Annual Decorative Concrete Competition Lauds Projects Based on Skill and Creativity

Contractors, construction companies, architects and designers are eligible to submit, and projects are judged on skill of installation, creativity, artistic expression and integration with the overall design intent.Contractors, construction companies, architects and designers are eligible to submit, and projects are judged on skill of installation, creativity, artistic expression and integration with the overall design intent.

A Monumental Effort: Restoring a Concrete Sculpture at Camp Pendleton

Concrete Statue at Camp Pendleton

Bomanite's Culture of Invention With Concrete

decorative concrete company, Bomanite

One Contractor's Quest to Rid the World of Ugly Concrete

Colin's interest in decorative started with exposed pea gravel, curved joints and other classic decorative elements, then grew to include new-school tricks like stamping and staining.Even on the thumb tip of northwest Washington state, decorative concrete is making its mark, thanks to this father-son outfit.

Fixing Slippery Stamped Concrete Near Pools

The combination of pools and stamped concrete doesn't necessarily spell disaster. For one thing, when a stamped concrete surface near a pool is slick, a topical sealer, not the texture, is often the culprit. The combination of pools and stamped concrete doesn’t necessarily spell disaster. For one thing, when a stamped concrete surface near a pool is slick, a topical sealer, not the texture, is often the culprit.

Botanic Garden Receives Concrete Makeover

Compass rose stained into the concrete with reds, oranges and greens.The project was a lot simpler than the one Baltz ended up with. “I was first approached to do some hardscape and subbase for a network of brick or paver stone terraces,” he recalls. “The connecting walkways were going to be asphalt.” He can’t hide the disdain in his voice when he makes that last statement.

How Texture Stamp Mats Changed the Game

Using texture stamp mats

A Grand New Concrete Entrance at a Texas Football Stadium

 It stands to reason that a big-time football program would want to play in a big-time stadium.Texas Christian University’s football program has emerged as a national power over the past few years, and for a smallish university (enrollment under 10,000) that’s quite an accomplishment. It stands to reason that a big-time football program would want to play in a big-time stadium.

Improve Your Outcome with Concrete Stencils

Successs with concrete stencilsStenciling 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.

Radial Concrete Stamps Have Come Full Circle

Concrete that has been stamped with a radial stamp and embedded with a concrete compass rose.Radial stamps, multipiece tools that create circular and curved patterns, have earned stamp manufacturers a round of applause.

Growing Your Decorative Concrete Business by Offering Less

a concrete contractor sprays a driveway with concrete stain using a sprayerDecorative concrete has become the fastest growing segment of the concrete industry. But in part because of this, the decorative market rarely allows individual contractors to effectively master and install each type of decorative concrete.

Ultimate Entertaining Backyard Has Cast-Concrete Features

beautiful outdoor pool with view of mountains“Graceful Curves.” That’s what Scott Cohen and his team at Green Scene Landscaping and Swimming Pools call a recent backyard masterpiece in Malibu, California. Cohen describes it as the ultimate entertaining backyard that has everything and then some — including a pool that makes you feel like you’re in a giant lake.

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