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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 Measure Social Media Success

How to Measure Social Media SuccessBy now, most companies have a presence on social media. Some have comprehensive strategies and believe that social media is effective for their business, while others are using social media simply because they think they should. They have no idea if it’s benefiting their organization.

Lindsey Congeni
Sep 1, 2017
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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
Augmented reality meets concrete

Augmented reality meets concreteOnce upon a time, and not so very long ago, a large segment of business was conducted in person or via a hard-wired telephone, and pencil and paper were the order of the day. An adding machine handled simple math functions, and an electric typewriter in the office was high tech.

K. Schipper
Sep 4, 2017
Countertop Pioneers: PCement Elegance, Bend, Ore.

The White StuffWith the economy in doldrums, it is commonly accepted that homeowners are looking to stay in their homes longer rather than sell. Therefore, the renovations they are undertaking are seen as representing their tastes rather than what they hope a buyer may like.

Robert S. Johnson
A Veteran Floor Guy Takes on a High-End Cast-in-Place Countertop

Cast in place concrete countertopIt all started when I got a call from interior designer Julie Doran. Been a long time. Where you been? “Second career as a flight attendant, third career as a full-time mom. Now, I’m back into design.” What’s up? “Got a new client. I’m designing a tricked-out outdoor kitchen. I think you may be just the guy to do the countertops.”

Michael Miller, the concretist
Examples of Snowmelt Concrete Applications

Concrete helipad with a snowmelt system installedHere are a list of places where radiant heat and snowmelt systems can be most effective.

Editors
Oct 2, 2003
Concrete Stains, Let Good Looks Shine Through

Staining concrete doesn't deliver a specific color because it is a reactionary process with the concrete. Beautiful multi-color stained concrete floor in a shopping mall.A painted concrete surface is just that — an opaque painted surface. Staining doesn’t deliver a specific color because it is a reactionary process. The concrete itself actually gives you the final look. Depending on how old the concrete is and the condition it is in when you start out can make a lot of difference.

Robin Suttell
Jul 3, 2001
Decorative Concrete Remains a Sure Bet in Las Vegas

Stained stenciled concrete floor takes on the look of Grand Canyon running through this high end restaurant in Las Vegas.Throughout the nation's gambling capital, signs of rejuvenation are unfolding as tourists with a bit more spending money check in, investors' interest returns and locals get back to work.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 17, 2015
Decorative Concrete Fort Worth: Wood and Brick Looks Provide Elegant Solutions

Stamped concrete walkway in Fort Worth, Texas

Vanessa Salvia
The Natural World in Cast-in-place Concrete Relief Murals

Using a cast in place concrete technique to create a bas relief image in a concrete wall.Artist and designer Linda Patterson of Newark, Calif., created 15 cast-in-place relief murals — 2,136 linear feet in all — to adorn underpasses along the 12.8-mile San Tomas Aquino / Saratoga Creek Trail in Santa Clara County, Calif.

Editors
Apr 1, 2006
Designing Decorative Concrete with Good Composition in Mind

Staining concrete or painting concrete what is the difference. Here a man is painting concrete after a stencil was removed from the acid stained concrete.There is a famous paperback called “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. Many writers treasure it as a guide to writing clearly and succinctly while avoiding common grammatical errors. The handbook itself is a model of clarity.

Gaye Goodman
Lending a Hand with Concrete

A concrete form created from hand prints of children attending a school in Orlando, Florida. Over a period of nine days, future students of the school were bussed to the site, where they cast their hands for posterity into the tilt wall panels, using almost five tons of plaster in the process.

Editors
Feb 9, 2004
River Scene Incorporated into Building's Polished Concrete Floor Before Building Was Constructed

concrete river in floor

A handcrafted 5,900-square-foot meandering river scene incorporated into the building’s polished concrete floor before the building was constructed. Womack also manufactured and installed three different versions of concrete countertops, and finished the exterior concrete with custom pattern mats and a unique stain.

K. Schipper
Stamping Concrete in Hot Weather

Hot sun can affect your stamping projectStamping concrete in hot weather requires advanced planning and close attention. Here, industry pro George Lee shares his secrets for a successful outcome.

George Lee
Jun 21, 2004
Tips for Using Water Reducers in Concrete Work

Others agree that for stamped concrete, water reducers improve workability, finishability and strength. But the mix design needs to fit the jobContractors working in decorative concrete can often benefit from the use of water reducers. Here’s a look at two types of decorative concrete work and how water reducers can make the job easier and improve the finished product.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Dec 20, 2004
Solving Color Problems in Concrete

Concrete Color repair how toColored concrete is beautiful, but laying it down can be an ugly business. So many things can go wrong — the weather turns, supplies run out unexpectedly, batches of cement vary in shade. Getting decent results often means spending hours or days compensating for circumstance.

John Strieder
Jan 5, 2005
Four-Dimensional Stain Cube Stamp Pattern for Concrete

Four dimensional cube stamp for concrete.It sounds just a little bit like a pulp science fiction story: While packing up their warehouse to move, workers at a concrete stamp company discover a long-forgotten design for a concrete stamp that is three-dimensional.

Editors
Dec 19, 2006
Make Tooling Choices Easier with the Mohs Hardness Test Kit

To eliminate the guesswork associated with which diamond abrasive bond tool will best polish or abrade a particular concrete slab, contractors could consider adding a Mohs hardness test kit to their toolbox.To eliminate the guesswork associated with which diamond abrasive bond tool will best polish or abrade a particular concrete slab, contractors could consider adding a Mohs hardness test kit to their toolbox.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
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
Home Depot EXPO Design Center San Diego, Calif.

The big national chain needed a ritzy floor for one of its new high-end home furnishing stores. A San Diego contactor brought the glamour, including metallics and a pearl finish.

Amy B. Johnson
2008 Concrete Restoration Contest

We announce the winners in Exterior and Interior categories.

Editors
Dec 18, 2008
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