Vol. 17 No. 6 - August/September 2017
The Power of Diamond Grit
One of the largest lighting manufacturers in North America has recently moved its product development to a 132,000-square-foot building in Atlanta, Georgia, and the company chose polished concrete as the most cost-efficient and easy to maintain flooring option.
Just when you thought you were going to install another exposed aggregate pool deck, your clients inform you they want the concrete to “glow” with stone accents. Don’t hit the panic button if you’ve never worked with a glowing medium before. Glow stones are applied in exposed aggregate finishes.
Polished concrete as a finish is reliant on the concrete substrate to be in good shape to provide the end user with a beautiful and durable finish. Owners don’t like blemishes and amazingly the worst issues seem to happen in the main entranceways. Here, I’ll address the most common issues in order of their likelihood of happening.
It’s a game of inches. That’s the cliché heard about baseball, and often about other sports as well. And why not? It’s a saying that rings true and also applies to decorative concrete and polished concrete, where precision matters down to the millimeter, let alone the inch.
Liquid release agent is quickly becoming the choice of many decorative concrete contractors. With the increased demand for quicker turnarounds, cleaner job sites and environmental concerns, using liquid release agent for stamped concrete becomes an obvious choice.
Concrete is unforgiving. Surface defects and poor workmanship issues on stamped and textured concrete are difficult to repair, and in many cases there are no viable repair options.
Justin Brown, owner of 2Stone Designer Concrete in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, had the idea for Luna Loungers for quite a while. “It’s basically a round take on a square chair,” he says. He finally made the idea into something tangible.
As an old technology finds new applications, walls take on shape and texture.
Graphic design can be produced before or after the full curing of the slab, utilizing saw cuts, specialty tape, stamping or stenciling. In this article we will focus on the methods used following a full cure, in conjunction with acid stains and acetone-based dyes.
Vibrators for concrete can be used to move air out of the mix come in all shapes and sizes from ultra portable to versions for the countertop.
If your business is operating smoothly, you may not think some of the things you do every day have contributed to your success because they seem so basic. But when you encounter a business that doesn’t do some of these fundamental things, you may discover how important simple day-to-day acts and decisions are.
From commercial kitchens, fire stations, spas and salons to basements, garages, veterinarian clinics and airport hangars, epoxy materials are being applied to concrete floor surfaces.
Southern Arkansas University art professor prefers water-based stains when creating public murals on concrete.
No matter how good your technique is, you won’t get an attractive, consistent pattern if your brush or broom has bent bristles. Here are some ways to avoid —or ﬁx — the “bends.”
A patch should be unobtrusive, not reaching out for your attention. What is your customer’s first impression of the project you just spent three months on when the first thing that draws their eyes is a patch, a cold sore on your floor?
A review of tools and methods for polishing concrete countertops.
The historical structure that now houses the Nashville Dinner Theatre has always attracted attention. During Prohibition times, people slyly used a tunnel in the building to transport alcohol to area nightclubs. Today, it attracts crowds for its dinner shows and performances by local vocalists.
We announce the winners in Exterior and Interior categories.