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Terrazzo Artistry Delivers Glitz to McCarran Terminal

Not Just Another Skate in the ParkLas Vegas’ McCarran Airport put its money down in a bet on a vibrant, colorful and imaginative new look for the airport’s Terminal 1 ticketing and baggage claim area.

Joe Maty
Jan 22, 2018
2017 Concrete Decor Show Leaves Lasting Marks on Florida Resort

2017 Concrete Decor Show Leaves Lasting Marks on Florida ResortDuring the 2017 Concrete Decor Show, the resort was buzzing with people talking about the improvements that were transforming the grounds and some of the facilities on the resort. From pools and walkways to countertops and floors, projects were conducted by seasoned professionals and completed by novices and decorative concrete veterans alike.

Jan 22, 2018
The Mall of Concrete is Open for Business!

The Mall of Concrete is Open for Business!If you were impressed with last year’s Decorative Concrete LIVE! debut, have we got more in store for you! World of Concrete attendees will look at vertical applications of decorative concrete in a whole new way after this year’s take on retail spaces inside and out.

Jan 22, 2018
Why Strength Matters in Concrete Countertops

Wet-cast concrete - How strong do concrete countertops have to be? I hear that question from fabricators all the time. The answer is not a simple one. It depends upon how you define strength, what your intended use is and your sealer choice.How strong do concrete countertops have to be? The answer is not a simple one. It depends upon how you define strength, what your intended use is and your sealer choice.

Mark Celebuski
Nov 9, 2013
Contractors Have Fun with Faux Textures On Concrete

 faux texturing decorative concrete

Gaye Goodman
Replace Old Vinyl Composite Tile with Polished and Dyed Concrete

A concrete floor that was polished after the vinyl composite tile was removed.The Harley dealership is a leader in sales and rider satisfaction for the entire Mid-Atlantic region, and its headquarters reflects its ethics. The 31,000-square-foot facility boasts a modern industrial theme, with cathedral 25-foot ceilings and marblesque floors.

Nathan Baggett, with Ray Wilkerson
Feb 27, 2013
Perfect Fixes for Polished Concrete Floors

Prior to polishing a concrete floor, cracks are being filled with a two part epoxy

Wade Christensen
Aug 13, 2013
Get That Edge! How Edge Forms Can Transform a Concrete Countertop

Concrete Countertop edge form help create this one of a kind sloping square bathroom concrete sink.Many concrete countertops are plain slabs with square corners. This solid farmhouse look is simple to achieve by pouring a concrete countertop mix into a simple form. Wood forms lend themselves to shaping square corners, but it is difficult to use wood to achieve rounded corners and curved edges.

Amy Johnson
Black Concrete is Black... Or is it?

Is black concrete really black? How do I make black concrete really black?Does black pigment really affect air entrainment? It all depends on what type you are using.

Black is widely used in the concrete industry. It can be mixed to darken other pigments, and it can be used alone to make light grays, dark grays or straight black.

David Thompson
Jan 3, 2004
Customer Service Continues Long After the Concrete Dries

three river rocks dressed upProblems two years later? The timeline for customer service has no limits.
In this age of customer service, you should never turn your back on a client with a problem.

Larry Ross
Oct 18, 2006
How to: Planning, Pouring and Finishing Half-Round Steps

Formed half round concrete steps in terra cotta colorWhen you are finished pouring a set of half-round steps using these techniques, take a picture and hold it next to a set of regular steps on your next estimate.

Jason Geiser
Nov 9, 2011
Specialty Concrete Products Developed with Experience and Enthusiasm

Red phoenix engraved and colored concrete design.A commitment to quality, innovation and exemplary customer service make Specialty Concrete Products a leader in the industry.

Loretta Hall
Jul 15, 2005
ASCE Concrete Canoe Race

College students built and raced a concrete canoe as part of an annual event between different civil engineering students.Twenty-two student teams from colleges and universities across North America recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 17th annual National Concrete Canoe Competition, organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers and largely sponsored by Degussa Admixtures Inc./Master Builders.

Aug 11, 2004
Revamping the Pool Deck at the White House

Delays were par for the course, Krach says. Besides the helicopter encounter, he and his crew had to clear the way so Vice President Joe Biden could accompany a disabled veterans' bicycle-racing group on a tour and again so the first lady could work in the garden.When your country calls you to do a job, how much should you charge? That was the predicament Dick Krach, CEO of Sundek of Washington, came face to face with when his secretary fielded a call from someone at a “white house” concerning a pool deck that needed repair and some sprucing up. 

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jun 5, 2012
Dec-o-Vent from PolySteel Alternative Building Systems Inc.

Decorative vents make the perfect addition to decorative concrete additionsIt’s a classic dilemma. The more beautiful the outdoor decorative concrete, the more those ugly drain and vent holes stand out. A half-circle of corrugated pipe poking into a carefully crafted design can thwart the best artistic intentions

Apr 10, 2007
Decorative Concrete Tips: Using a Grid to Transfer Art to Concrete

A depiction of a bull from caveman drawings is placed onto a concrete patio using a grid methodUse this decorative technique to transfer art to a concrete patio using a grid method is an effiecient and foolproof way to get the perfect look you and your customer are after.

Dave Pettigrew
Aug 1, 2004
Terrazzo Finds a New Home as Kitchen Countertops

This infinite edge precast terrazzo countertop is stunning in this modern kitchenOn the heels of the concrete countertop trend, terrazzo is making its way into the kitchen. Steve Jarred, a field representative for Mason Supply Co. in Eugene, Ore., says one of the most popular applications for terrazzo in the Pacific Northwest right now is for countertops.

Photo courtesy of TerrazzoCo

Jul 2, 2004
Pigments for Integrally Colored Concrete

Iron oxide pigments in yellow, red, brown and black.Not any pigment can be used in concrete. The chemistry of portland cement plus exposure to sunlight and weather can cause most integral concrete colors to fade.

Understanding pigments is the foundation for successful decorative concrete.

Michael Chusid
Jul 9, 2004
Carlton's Corner: Hot New Markets in Decorative Concrete

The best training and the best products mean nothing if we can't find projects to prove our talent, right? I'm not going to sugarcoat our plight - I have been peddling decorative concrete for nearly 20 years and have never seen as many challenges as the ones we face today. Having said that, my goal is to have the best year possible, and I'm going to let you in on a secret as to how this will be done.

Doug Carlton
May 9, 2011
Green Matters: Be Prepared for Tough Questions about "Green" Concrete

Just a few short years ago, saying that concrete was a green building material was sufficient. It was taken for granted that concrete, being locally produced, durable and nontoxic, was a sound, sustainable choice. Today, it is not enough to repeat the word “green” like a mantra. Whether they are green-skeptics or advocates, consumers and architects are becoming better educated and more concerned about environmental impact, and they want substance.

Sherry A. Boyd
Aug 9, 2011
Liquid Stone Concrete Designs, Bucks County, Pa.

Gerry Maurer’s signature fern imprint isn’t the only way he leaves his mark on a job.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Feb 13, 2008