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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.

Glow-in-the-dark Patio: Way Cool for School

Dalton Elementary and Middle School amphitheater, Dalton, OhioJason Geiser, owner of Deco-Crete Supply in Orrville, Ohio, thought a broad, sloping hill at his three children’s new school needed something to transform it from a virtually unusable space to an inviting outdoor classroom. He and the school officials came up with a project that revolved around Geiser building an amphitheater. 

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 24, 2017
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Concrete Flooring Restoration Highlights Sanctuary's Conversion

The First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, University City, MissouriBuilt in Missouri in 1927, the First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis’ sanctuary was recently renovated to modernize its look and feel, while preserving its historic Gothic style. Improvements to the sanctuary’s floor, specifically two rectangular sections under the pews, were vital to this upgrade. 

Erik Pisor
Jul 24, 2017
Why Metallic Floors Continue to be Popular

Why Metallic Floors Continue to be PopularAs metallic coatings grow in popularity, the competition is heating up. Bear in mind that the key to a mesmerizing metallic floor is the artist behind it.

Jon Kopp
Jul 24, 2017
What Makes Symons a Leader in the Industry?

To upgrade plain, damaged or stained concrete, Symons offers its Spray-Rite system, a polymermodified cement system that provides a thinset surface in a variety of colors and pattern templates.A commitment to quality, innovation and exemplary customer service make Symons a leader in the industry.

Mike Dawson
May 7, 2005
Concrete Grinding and Polishing Tips: Rotation, Presoaking and Play Sand

Play sand is a great thing to keep handy as an abrasion aid when using a concrete grinder. It keeps the diamonds dressed and cooled while acting as a secondary abrasive to assist in the actual grinding process.Play sand is a great thing to keep handy as an abrasion aid when using a concrete grinder. It keeps the diamonds dressed and cooled while acting as a secondary abrasive to assist in the actual grinding process.

Bryon "Bru" Bruington
Con Color Offers Permanent Alternative to Bright Concrete

There is no question that applicators can achieve a wider and brighter range of colors with acrylic stains than can be achieved with chemical stains.

Editors
Mar 15, 2003
Success With Concrete Countertops: Choosing the Right Diamond Pads

Jeffrey Girard
J.C. Penney Remodels Continue as Wave 3 Crests

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Magical Decorative Concrete Castle

A concrete man coming out of a concrete storm drain.Step inside Bart Sacco's gated castle and you'll begin to discover just how magical a decorative concrete journey can become with some creative thinking, excellent product training and all the right tools.

Editors
Sep 2, 2005
Polyurea Floor Coatings: Quick, Tough and Beautiful

Motorcycle sits upon a polyurea coated floor in a showroom.Tough, quick to set, and low in solvents, polyureas require only one coat and get the job done fast.

Loretta Hall
Nov 5, 2005
Film-Forming Concrete Sealers and Their Effect on Color

Sealing concrete with a film-form concrete sealer changes the appearance of the colored concrete below.If you think clear sealers won’t affect the color of concrete, you’re right in some instances and wrong in others.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 9, 2011
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
When Water Attacks: Effective Drain Systems for Decorative Concrete

Water is the enemy of decorative concrete. And the water can come from anywhere. Most often, it comes from irrigation sprinklers that are installed well after the concrete contractor is done.How to prevent water damage from spoiling your project. Water is the enemy of decorative concrete. And the water can come from anywhere. Most often, it comes from irrigation sprinklers that are installed well after the concrete contractor is done.

Robert Spiegel
May 1, 2007
Add Decorative Drainage to Your Concrete Services

Drainage systems for concrete that add to the overall design while still doing their job.From trench drains to catch basins and grates, here's what you need to keep standing water off your outside projects.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Mar 15, 2004
How To Go Green In Decorative Concrete

Workers apply Prosoco's Consolideck surface hardener.

Decorative concrete often appeals to designers and building owners who want to minimize their impact on the environment, because polished, stamped or textured surfaces eliminate the need for coverings that perpetually need replacement.

Gail Elber
What is the Correct Cleaner for Concrete

man riding a concrete auto scrubberThe old adage about using the right tool for a job is just as true when it comes to concrete cleaning products. With all the options on the market, manufacturers warn that not all are appropriate for every surface and finish. In fact, many can cause damage.

Keith and Debby Davis
Attain more Color Variations with Acrylic Concrete Stains

Acrylic stains for concrete often replace acids -- but even more intriguingly, the two can work together. Orange, Brown, Green and tan acrylic concrete stain in a geometric textured pattern.Acrylic stains for concrete often replace acids — but even more intriguingly, the two can work together.

Mike Dawson
Dec 1, 2007
Reaching your Goals

Reaching the "summit" for your business takes forethought and daily attention.

Brian Nolan
Building Relationships with Architects

An underutilized opportunity for potentially creating more jobs and visibility for your company exists within the design community. Architects and landscape architects are key members of the project team for commercial and high-end residential installations.

Howard Jancy, CSI
Jan 7, 2010
Tournament Players Club Sawgrass Staging Area, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

This golf course was going to be on national TV, and its owners wanted it to look good. Decorative concrete helped get it ready for its closeup.

Kelly O'Brien
May 7, 2008
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