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The Power of Diamond Grit

Upgrade to Lavina propane and electric concrete grinders 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.

How To Apply Glow-in-the-dark Stone in Concrete

How To Apply Glow-in-the-dark Stone in ConcreteJust 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.

Peter Tomé
Sep 15, 2017
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How to Protect Concrete During Construction

How to Protect Concrete During ConstructionPolished 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.

David Stephenson
Sep 18, 2017
Game of Millimeters: Precision is paramount

Game of Millimeters: Precision is paramountIt’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.

Joe Maty
Sep 1, 2017
Decorative Concrete Tips: Pigmenting Liquid Release for Concrete

Environmentally friendly stamped concrete pigmented color release has been used on the multicolored green concrete slab in a slate look.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.

Clark Branum
Mar 6, 2003
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Natasha Chilingerian
Dec 31, 2011
How Do I Fix Flaws in Poorly Stamped Concrete?

Stamped concrete that didn't work. 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.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.

Chris Sullivan
Nov 12, 2013
Making and Keeping Great Hires in an Employee Drought

Finding and keeping good employees from Concrete Decor magazine

Karen Van Heukelem
Crowning the Top Brawler at the 2014 Concrete Decor Show

cast and carved concrete fireplace

Vanessa Salvia
A Round Concrete Chair Becomes Part of Design

Luna Loungers, round concrete chairsJustin 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.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Website Considerations for the Decorative Concrete Professional

How to make a better website

Mark Donaldson
Take Another Look at Form Liners for Concrete

Form liners are essentially molds for giving texture and design to vertical concrete surfaces.As an old technology finds new applications, walls take on shape and texture.

Amy Johnson
Apr 28, 2006
How to Apply Color and Eye Catching Design to Polished Concrete Floors

A rounded corrugated roofing material enhances the Curvy border in green colored polished concrete floor designed from using graphic tape when apply the concrete color. 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.

Peter Wagner
Jul 11, 2005
Concrete Vibrators the Hard Truth

The UMC-1 bracket mounts easily to any casting table with lag screws and can be easily moved. Concrete countertop contractors can place the vibrator in the best position to provide localized, powerful vibration, and then move it to the next spot for a perfect finished product.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.

Editors
Jul 9, 2006
10 Tips to Have a More Successful Concrete Business

Concrete Decor magazine 100th issueIf 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.

Editors
Jul 5, 2015
Transform Ordinary Concrete Into The Extraordinary With Epoxy

Shimmering concrete epoxy floors sit beneath a long white stair case in an up scale office building.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.

Debby Canto Davis
Professor Prefers Water-Based Stains for Concrete Public Art

Southern Arkansas University art professor prefers water-based stains when creating public murals on concrete.Southern Arkansas University art professor prefers water-based stains when creating public murals on concrete.

K. Schipper
Jun 8, 2017
Keep Those Broom Bristles Straight!

How to keep broom bristles straight and why it is important for concrete. Image from www.webstaurantstore.com.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.”

Editors
Dec 5, 2005
Patching Polished Concrete and the Art of Camouflage

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 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?

Peter Wagner
Jun 1, 2013
Concrete Countertop Polishing

A review of tools and methods for polishing concrete countertops.

Nick Bertram
Nashville Dinner Theatre, Nashville, Tenn.

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.

Natasha Chilingerian
Feb 11, 2011
2008 Concrete Restoration Contest

We announce the winners in Exterior and Interior categories.

Editors
Dec 18, 2008
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