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How to Soundproof Concrete Walls

permeable concrete road Concrete walls are a common choice in both commercial and residential buildings or rooms where soundproofing is important.

June 22, 2017
Sustainable design road -- permeable paving on Berkley Street

permeable concrete roadIt shouldn’t come as a total shock that a roadway surface constructed of permeable concrete materials would be designed and built in one of the country’s most progressive, environmentally conscious cities.

June 15, 2017
Vertical Concrete Artistry Part 4: Waterproofing

waterproofing grotto area from top to bottom

Waterproofing may be the least sexy phase of construction, but it’s one of the most crucial. While there really isn’t any artistry involved, it’s easy to overlook the importance and just go through the motions.

May 25, 2017
Seamless System Ensures Urban Oasis Remains Watertight

grotto with dry caveAn architectural wonder known for its “dancing” water gardens at the base of a dramatically sculpted office tower of reflective glass, Fountain Place in Dallas, Texas, has always been structurally sound.

May 17, 2017
Why Education is Important for Your Business

grotto with dry caveAt Concrete Decor we understand the challenges of low attendance. After all, we produce the annual Concrete Decor Show and wonder why so many aren't there.

May 11, 2017
5 Misconceptions About Insulated Concrete Forms and Blocks

insulated concrete blocks and forms medical office

Insulated concrete forms (ICFs) and blocks are not new, but their sudden popularity and growth as a building material is. More builders and homeowners are choosing to build with ICFs than ever before, which has led rise to some questions and misconceptions about the material.

May 3, 2017
Vertical Concrete Artistry, Part 3: Shotcrete

grotto with dry caveGlad you could join us again. It’s Shotcrete Day in sunny California. Dawn is just breaking as I arrive on site. Long before the residence comes into view, I see ready-mix concrete trucks down the block lining up in preparation for a big day.

April 21, 2017
Ideas for That Great, Beautiful Wall Go Way Over the Top

 'regenerative' territory with no barrier between the nations wall idea

Reports say several hundred companies were expected to submit initial proposals for various portions of the proposed border wall. Ruling over this pageant is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

April 12, 2017
Vertical Concrete Artistry, Part 2: Engineering and Steel

In Part 1, we showed how to construct a stunning 3-D miniature model of a project. Now it’s time to envision the artistic side and that starts with steel.

March 29, 2017
Competitor Collaboration Yields Award-Winning Results

blue valley kansas school district floorsWhen Ledger-Kalen and Denny identified the opportunity to work on a large, multiple building concrete polishing contract for the Blue Valley (Kansas) School District, they knew this was the chance they had been waiting for to capitalize on their relationship and their company assets to do something that alone neither had the capacity to tackle.

March 22, 2017
Ex-Army Ranger's New Mission: Enlisting Vets to Build a Company

onyx companies employs military vets in the construction industryRich Verdone is an Ex-Army Ranger with five tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, but his devotion to duty and his fellow soldiers marches on here at home.

March 8, 2017
Vertical Concrete Artistry, Part 1: 3-D Miniature Models

vertical concrete 3D miniature modelsWelcome to the exciting world of vertical concrete artistry! In this series, we’ll explore in great detail the process of completing a real-world project from start to finish.

March 1, 2017
Dressing For The Occasion is Key

decorative concrete live safety hats and gearDressing for the occasion is important. Now wait a minute! I’m in business for myself because I got tired of that white collar, dead-end job in the corporate sector. OK, I know where you may be coming from, just hear me out.

February 22, 2017
Decorative Concrete, Terminology Worth Talking About

Decorative concrete is a term I stumbled upon 18 years ago after coming across a job site where concrete stains were being used to color the concrete inside a new salon in the mountain town of Murphy’s, California

February 8, 2017
Safety Comes First at Decorative Concrete LIVE!

If you happened to visit Decorative Concrete LIVE! at the recent WOC in Las Vegas, I hope you enjoyed the experience in learning about safety.

February 1, 2017
Job Site Safety Is My Priority

job site safety gear

Job Site Safety is My Priority. That’s what we have printed on the T-shirts we are giving away at our booth inside the Decorative Concrete LIVE! arena during the World of Concrete in Las Vegas Jan. 17-20.

January 4, 2017
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