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Keeping Integral Colored Concrete Consistent

Broom finished concrete driveway.Placing and finishing concrete to maximize the visual appeal of integral coloring starts at the bottom — with a well-draining, compacted aggregate and consistent subgrade. It’s well worth the time and effort to get it right and give decorative concrete a great start to standing up to the elements.

Steve Johnson
Jul 13, 2018
Concrete Hardscape Contractor Gets Creative With Glass

Glass is a fabulous way to introduce various colors, textures and even fiber-optic lighting, he says. Sometimes he even uses glass to incorporate a client's hobby or interest.Scott Cohen, owner of Green Scene Landscaping & Pools in the Los Angeles area, has been designing and building concrete countertops for more than 20 years.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 14, 2018
How Much Color Should I Use in My Concrete?

Solomon integrally colored samples showing color loading.Integral colors are calculated by loadings based on total cementitious materials used per yard of concrete. Common loadings are 1 percent, 2 percent, 3 percent and 4 percent.

Steve Johnson
Jul 5, 2018
Building Your Knowledge Bank Leads to Success in Decorative Concrete

Educating yourself in the products available can lead to success on many levels.In today’s economy, it is even more important to make an investment in the bank. In this case I’m not referring to money in the bank, though that is important. I’m referring to knowledge in your brain bank. 

Peter Wagner, CSI
Sep 17, 2008
Relationship Marketing to Grow Your Business

relationship marketing venn diagramDecades ago our country moved from an industrial economy to a service-based economy. More recently, that service-based economy has further evolved into an experience-based economy. Customers are wanting — and businesses are providing — an added experience and feel to compliment customer service.

Brian Nolan and Andrew Amrhein
Jun 13, 2007
How This Company Fixed A Paste Cap Separating From Concrete

polished concrete floor with craze cracking

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
This Concrete Stamp is No Cookie Cutter

The result was rough but really interesting, and never quite consistent or predictable. Just what we were looking for! The surface was subsequently tamed by a light diamond grind, and stained and polished.Why would anyone spend thousands of dollars on Parisian cobblestone stamps? A flight to Paris and a hotel for the weekend, for both concrete contractor and client to share mutual experiences and gather ideas, would’ve been cheaper and the real deal!

Mike Miller
May 7, 2009
Tips for Doing the Math on Volumetric Batching for Concrete:

A sink designed by Mark CelebuskiThe concrete industry at large designs mixes using the volumetric method. Fresh concrete is sold by volume, generally by the cubic yard, which is how we will look at it. Divide cubic yard volumes by 27 to get cubic foot volumes.

Editors
Sep 14, 2010
Making Molds for Precast Concrete Countertops

While melamine is probably the most widely used material for making molds, contractors actually use a surprising variety of materials. Here are some questions to ask when choosing a material.Wood? Melamine? Formica? Steel? Experienced artisans share their preferences for form materials.

Amy Johnson
Aug 24, 2005
Remaking Rocketown with a Decorative Concrete Makeover

The blue Rocketown logo has been placed in the parking lot of Rocketown with the arrow pointing to the front door.

A Nashville youth center gets a decorative concrete makeover as part of  the 2011 Concrete Decor Show.

Emily Dixon
Apr 9, 2011
Starting Small: Building Concrete Rails and Doors

If a contractor is intimidated by the leap from slabs and tops to entire decorative concrete houses, he or she might try Steve Kornher's techniques on architectural details such as railings or doors.If a contractor is intimidated by the leap from slabs and tops to entire decorative concrete houses, he or she might try Steve Kornher’s techniques on architectural details such as railings or doors.

Editors
Nov 2, 2009
How Texture Stamp Mats Changed the Game

Using texture stamp mats

Doug Carlton
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery Gets the Decorative Concrete Treatment

Floor at the Tilted Kilt that has been overlayed and colored after major repairs to the slab were done.Greg Hryniewicz isn’t a man who sits around and says “better luck next time.”

The general contractor to whom he submitted a proposal for a flooring job at a Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery in White Marsh, Md., was not awarded the contract.

Emily Dixon
Jan 7, 2011
Polishing Concrete: Putting a High Shine on an Old Mix

Walk-behind concrete polisher works on the inside of a garage floor to achieve the best look for this project.Super smooth concrete, buffed to a gloss, seems too nice for a hardware store, much less a warehouse place. Don't be fooled. The near-mirror finish not only looks good and is tough, it also saves money by dramatically cutting the labor and materials needed to clean and maintain it.

Dave Cagle
Oct 5, 2001
When Contractors Assume the Role of a Design Consultant

A wooden desk with an orange chair sitting at it.Savvy contractors can gain greater project input and can secure more work for their companies by becoming involved with design professionals during the early stages of project design.

Howard Jancy, CSI, CDT
Jan 7, 2011
Decorative Concrete Tips: Complete Estimates are an Essential Part of the Job

The Importance of EstimatingFor the decorative concrete contractor — or any contractor — the estimating stage of any project is critical. Here at the Renew-Crete Systems training seminars, I stress the importance of a complete and thorough estimate.

Joe Francis
Mar 14, 2003
New Surface Treatment Formulated to Keep Ground Cool

Solachrome logoAs part of its effort to improve the environment through green product offerings, L.M. Scofield Co. has developed Solachrome Integral Coloring Treatment for High-SRI Concrete.

Emily Dixon
Nov 11, 2009
How this Concrete Contractor Moved From Flatwork to Decorative Concrete

Rectangular concrete fire pit with round river rock surrounding fire tube.Troy Lemon, founder and president of Cornerstone Decorative Concrete in Holland, Mich., starts his story with a familiar admission. “I was a concrete guy way before I was a decorative concrete guy,” he says.

Kelly O'Brien
Aug 10, 2011
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