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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.

Mechanical engineer chooses concrete over current job

Joshua Thiel, Thiel Studios, Palm Beach, FloridaFor as long as he can remember, Joshua Thiel has had a passion for creating and building while also finding innovative solutions to problems. After going to school for mechanical engineering and spending years fabricating and learning how to work with different materials, it seemed like a natural fit to dive into concrete.

Jacqueline Valle
Oct 10, 2017
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Joint Ventures: Deciding to use fillers or sealants to finish a job

Joint fillers and sealants are prevalent on commercial concrete floorsCall them fillers or call them sealants (people often use the terms interchangeably), but it’s a good bet if you’re involved with concrete work, you’ve run into determining what to do with the joints.

K. Schipper
Oct 16, 2017
Joint fillers and sealants are prevalent on commercial concrete floors

FLOORING IT: Fillers and sealants are fast friends for commercial jobsNeed some perspective from the field on fillers and sealants? The people who are most likely to spend time with them are those who work on floors, with a heavy emphasis on the commercial and industrial markets.

K. Schipper
Oct 20, 2017
Architect Embraces Polished Concrete in Schools

Polished Concrete and Colored Concrete

John Strieder
Nov 1, 2013
Lafarge North America Artevia Decorative Concrete

Artevia Polish with white cement succeded in highlighting the aesthetic white desired by the artist for this fashion cathedral.Lafarge North America is putting some color in its catalog with its new line of Artevia colored concrete.

Editors
Mar 7, 2005
Broadcast vs. Troweled Quartz Systems

When it comes to resinous quartz flooring, there are two basic ways to approach the installation. You can broadcast the quartz onto a floor coated with wet epoxy, or you can mix the epoxy and quartz together -- making what is often called epoxy mortar -- then trowel it on.When it comes to resinous quartz flooring, there are two basic ways to approach the installation. You can broadcast the quartz onto a floor coated with wet epoxy, or you can mix the epoxy and quartz together -- making what is often called epoxy mortar -- then trowel it on.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Concrete Industry Training Puts Your Company Ahead of the Pack

Hands-on training has proven to be an effective way for newcomers in the decorative concrete industry to learn from the experienced contractorsWith the rise in popularity of decorative concrete, quality training and education has become of the utmost importance. Concrete training institutes are springing up around the country, and have become an essential piece of the puzzle to help your company rise above your competition. 

Bruce Hackett
Ask Concrete Decor: Acid Staining, Powder Release Agents and More

Ask Concrete Decor a question, have it answered.Need to have a decorative concrete question answered? Ask it!

I am new to acid staining and would like to know the best floor prep for staining on old and new concrete?

Editors
Feb 11, 2001
Robert J. Harris II, A Hard-Working Man with a Soft Side

Driven by strong family values, high expectation for himself and those who worked beside him remain the leading role for his personal success as a cement mason and business owner.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Feb 9, 2002
Concrete Crafters Blend Applications at Popular Microbrewery

There’s a little bit of art and a little bit of science involved in the making of beer. And when the popular Sun King Brewing Co. in Indianapolis, Ind., needed an upgrade to its floors, the local flooring contractor contacted to handle the job applied the same mixed approach.

K. Schipper
Charlotte Concrete: 5church

Not so soft concrete seating benches in 5church a restaurant in Charlotte.Inside, decorative concrete that resembles Venetian plaster is troweled on some walls while molded log tiles made out of glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) cover others. Huge columns shaped to look like intricately crafted wooden chair legs were designed with a CAD program, fashioned out of foam and chicken wire, and covered with troweled-on white concrete

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Feb 27, 2013
How to Eliminate White Specks in Colored Concrete

Everyone knows you should use white cement to bring out brilliant colors in your concrete projects (see Concrete Decor's Feb./March issue). What isn't so widely known is how to prevent white specks from appearing in some of those deeper colors.Everyone knows you should use white cement to bring out brilliant colors in your concrete projects. What isn't so widely known is how to prevent white specks from appearing in some of those deeper colors.

Lee Dawson
May 26, 2006
Three Critical Components to Effectively Market Decorative Concrete

Drawing a stencil for concrete.Let’s take a look at three critical challenges to marketing your business effectively and how you can resolve them.

Jacob Webb
Jan 3, 2014
Rubber Safety Surfacing

Troweling TPVAcross the country, safety surfacing products are gaining in popularity as more people discover that rubber and rubber-like granules not only feel good under the feet and cushion a fall but can also look good, too.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Experts weigh in on what's coming in the Decorative Concrete Industry

Concrete Industry Forecast red door on blank concrete wall indicating where is decorative concrete going.

We asked everyone the same set of questions. It wasn’t easy to approach this, given our friends’ varied experiences and applications. Perhaps the first challenge to looking ahead this way is defining the industry in general.

Vanessa Salvia
Adding Integral Color to Concrete on the Job Site

Integrally colored concrete with an impurity makes an unattractive slab.Achieving color consistency requires careful planning and attention. Here are some tips.

Gail Elber
Dec 2, 2003
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.

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An Introduction to UV Curing Equipment

Concrete contractor using a hand held Ultraviolet (UV) light to cure a sealer on a concrete countertop.An engineer for a manufacturer of machines that use ultraviolet light to cure coatings explains equipment options for contractors.

Daniel Dayon
Oct 6, 2010
Labatt Blue Light Jungle Bar at Comerica Park, Detroit, Mich.

Tucked into the stadium that houses the Detroit Tigers, this sports bar features a lush decorative concrete floor.

Erin F. Ansley
May 31, 2009
Salt Lake City Historical Landmark has Rosier Future

After decades’ worth of ramshackle renovations and rehabilitations, the floors at this retail and residential complex were in sorry shape. Giving them one more facelift took some doing.

David Searls
Jun 19, 2008
Superior Stenciling

From rugs to logos: Several examples of one of decorative concrete’s most proven, versatile treatments.

Kelly O'Brien
Aug 8, 2009
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