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Church Street Gym Revived with Concrete Overlay

A little-known fact about New Castle, Indiana, (for everyone not a Hoosier) is that it's home to the world's largest high school gymnasium. Basketball fever is so rampant in this small town of 18,000 that the community raised the money needed to build a high school gym that seats 9,325 spectators.A little-known fact about New Castle, Indiana, (for everyone not a Hoosier) is that it’s home to the world’s largest high school gymnasium. Basketball fever is so rampant in this small town of 18,000 that the community raised the money needed to build a high school gym that seats 9,325 spectators.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
2017 Scofield Decorative Concrete Award Winners

Cresting wave concrete precast to ward off ocean wave power."Innovation" was the word of the day for Scofield’s 10th annual Decorative Concrete Awards which were presented during the 2018 World of Concrete in Las Vegas. Grand prize-winning “Scofie” projects in six categories were unique in their design and execution, with several recipients pushing the limits of their experience to try new things.

Editors
Concrete: Guaranteed to Crack

concrete does crackConcrete is going to crack and contractors should be prepared to handle certain issues when they happen.

David Stephenson
Apr 16, 2018
Innovative Self-Leveling Terrazzo and Decorative Overlayment Process by Deco Pour

Terrazzo is used to create a BMW logo on this concrete floor.Deco Pour is an innovative self-leveling terrazzo and decorative overlayment process. This enhanced industrial overlayment is poured thin by using a patent pending integral additive called HDS 2001. Overlayments without this additive are typically softer and will not allow for proper seeding and machine honing of the surface.

Editors
Aug 16, 2002
Funny, Absurd and Just Off the Wall: The Year in Review

As in years past, there are those that are funny, absurd and just off the wall. As always, the names have been omitted to protect the innocent.Yes, it’s that time of year again. The days are growing shorter and the leaves are off the trees, being blown around — and into your concrete work — by the forthcoming winds of winter.

Chris Sullivan
Dec 8, 2011
The Ins and Outs of Polyaspartic Coatings

Garage floor polyaspartic floor. Bikes hanging from the ceiling.Funny name, serious benefits: Polyaspartic coatings and sealers boast rapid cure times, UV stability, abrasion resistance and more.

Amy Johnson
May 31, 2009
Filling Joints in Decorative Concrete

Filling contraction joints, control joints - Control joints are cuts placed into the concrete at the time of pouring, or shortly after, to control random cracking in concrete. This works by creating a weakened area in the slab -- concrete cracks follow the path of least resistance.Control joints are cuts placed into the concrete at the time of pouring, or shortly after, to control random cracking in concrete. This works by creating a weakened area in the slab — concrete cracks follow the path of least resistance.

Nick Dancer
Jul 1, 2014
Keep Concrete Work Beautiful by Choosing the Correct Concrete Sealer

Large concrete slab finished with blued color hardener and then sealed with the correct concrete sealer.Match the sealer to the job, and let your work shine! Concrete sealers help protect and beautify concrete work. But choosing the right one from a bewildering assortment of products is not always easy. Making the best selection depends on several factors: the application, desired aesthetics and maintenance requirements. Knowing the basics can help you make the right choice for each project.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Jun 5, 2003
Early-entry Cuts for Decorative Concrete

Decorative saw cuts on existing concrete surfaces are greatly enhanced with a beveled edge blade.Sometime in the early 1980s, a concrete contractor named Ed Chiuminatta pulled the wheels off a board and attached them to a Skilsaw. The result? A saw blade that could roll across green concrete, slicing a control joint in a fraction of the time it would take to carve the groove by hand.

John Strieder
Mar 1, 2003
Unique Concrete Pushes the Boundaries of Decorative Concrete

Stamped and stained concrete entryway with a step. Unique Concrete is true to its name. Like many decorative concrete contracting firms, it constructs pool surrounds, patios, sidewalks and driveways. However, unlike other contractors, it also specializes in laying concrete on top of decks.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Sep 2, 2007
Take the Guesswork Out of Selecting Diamond Blades

A close-up of a diamond blade help in selective the proper tool for the job.Selecting the right diamond blade to run on concrete saws is the best way to maximize your equipment investment. More and more companies offer diamond blades. But how can a contractor choose the right blade for the right saw?

Thom Fisher
Oct 3, 2001
Color Makes The World Go 'Round: Using the Color Wheel to Make Concrete Color Choices

color wheelA color wheel is a wonderful tool to help make color choices because it allows you to see the relationship between colors, and to mix and match them at a glance.

Editors
Dec 4, 2001
High-Octane Vibe: Polished Concrete in Harley Davidson Dealership

Polished Concrete in Harley Davidson DealershipThe owners and designers of a new Harley-Davidson dealership near Boston are revved up about the unconventional, highly varied appearance of the renovated building’s polished concrete floor.

Joe Maty
Feb 27, 2015
Recipe: ​​​​​​​Metallic Without Mud

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.Each layer will soften the contrast between the lights and darks as the metallic surface becomes stronger. This enables the metallic to be clean and crisp without being muddied by other pigments. 

Steven Ochs
May 7, 2008
Preventative Concrete Coatings Contractors Can Use to Avoid Graffiti

If graffiti will be a common threat to a decorative wall, a special anti-graffiti sealer will protect the work, both from spray paint and from the removers that dissolve it.Protective coatings may not deter graffiti artists, but they’ll make cleanup a lot easier.

John Strieder
May 4, 2005
Trimtape Inc., Tapes Help With Concrete Layout, Cutting, Blasting

Trimtape Inc., Tapes help with concrete layout, cutting, blastingTrimtape Inc., a Georgia company, is unspooling several sticky options for concrete contractors. Trimtape’s grout line tapes, which range in width from 1⁄4 inch to 1 inch, are laced with strands of fiberglass for strength. Layout marker lines appear every four inches of tape.

Editors
How to Use Samples, Mock-ups and Models to Your Best Advantage

Creating models of concrete jobs - Samples, mock-ups and models take the guesswork out of decorative concrete finishes and offer a sense of security for the owner, designer and contractor. They quickly get everyone on the same page before crews permanently place any concrete on the site.Samples, mock-ups and models take the guesswork out of decorative concrete finishes and offer a sense of security for the owner, designer and contractor. They quickly get everyone on the same page before crews permanently place any concrete on the site.

Karen Van Heukelem
Jul 4, 2014
How One Contractor Profited from Safety Surfacing

A rubber surfaced floor that has been artistically upgraded with an image of a clown fish.When asked if concrete contractors should add safety surfacing to their roster of services, George Coon’s answer was a question that was succinct and to the point: “Do they want to make money?”

Editors
Apr 2, 2014
the concretist: Freehand Means Freedom for You and Your Customer

Whether more utilitarian or more exotic, these are forms that every general contractor and every concrete guy is familiar with. We all have the tools and the formulae to produce these lines, angles and shapes.

Michael Miller
Nov 10, 2010
Defending Against Stains and Scratches with Concrete Countertop Sealers

Think about what happens to a kitchen counter every day. People splash acids on it. They spill things that stain it. They chop and slice on it. They set hot pots and dishes down on it. And they clean and clean and clean it with water and chemicals and green scrub-pads

Amy Johnson
May 1, 2010
Polishable Overlays

Thin coatings that can be polished work wonders on new and old floors, but applying them requires knowledge and skill.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Nov 10, 2010
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