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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.

Vertical Carving Artist Creates Themed Spaces

Vertical Concrete Creations from Nampa, IdahoBeing in the construction industry his whole life, Dion Battles made the unsurprising leap to decorative concrete, specifically the vertical carving and theming part of the industry, after the nationwide recession hit the residential building industry hard in 2007. 

Jacqueline Valle
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
Field Recon App Makes Quick Work of Jobsite Data

Workforce Recon jobsite appIs your business losing money by employees not documenting the work they are doing? Here is an app that can help.

Vanessa Salvia
Feb 1, 2015
Steps From the Ground Up for Weddings in the Country

Natasha Chilingerian
Apr 16, 2013
How to Free-Form Concrete Fabric Forming

The process for “free-forming” a fabric mold — for all kinds of creative, ripply results — is a little different but will include many of the same steps as basic fabric forming. The biggest difference is that you will be working on the outside of the mold first.

Tommy Cook
Jan 24, 2013
Polished Concrete: Scratches and Light Reflectivity

There is nothing more defeating when polishing concrete than to complete all of your polishing steps and then find scratches that you did not remove at the low end of your grinds.“Polished Perspectives” will focus on providing simple, sound information on how to deliver a polished concrete floor to your customer — one that both you and your customer will be proud of. To me there is no better place to start than with the basics: your ability to use your diamonds to establish proper scratch patterns.

Peter Wagner
Mar 6, 2005
Crowning The Top Brawler At The 2015 Concrete Decor Show

decorative concrete competition winner keefe duhon

Vanessa Salvia
Racetrack Grinding Takes Slope Management to a Whole New Level

Joe Maty
The Concrete Decor Show's Legacy of Giving Back at The Julian Center

concrete sidewalk that looks like racetrack at a daycare center in IndianaSince the first Concrete Decor Show in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2010, the goal has been to provide world-class training opportunities for decorative concrete professionals while also leaving behind something tangible for the hosting community.

Vanessa Salvia
Decorative Concrete Fort Worth: High-traffic Polished Flooring at Dave & Buster's

Polished concrete flooring at Dave and Busters

Vanessa Salvia
Step by Step Guide to Tree and Root Construction with Sculptable Epoxies

Tree and Root Construction with Sculptable Epoxies

In the world of theming, epoxy is still an underutilized tool for creating levels of detail and realism second to none. For example, Polygem Inc. has spent years developing its 307 series of epoxy among others that are custom-formulated for this exact type of work.

Mike Vernelson
Decorative Concrete Tips: Creating Images with Dyes Prior to Acid Staining

How to create an image in concrete with dye and then use an acrylic stain over the image.Using traditional materials create a one of a kind masterpiece.

Victor Pachade
Jan 1, 2005
Decorative Surface Solutions Group is First Buying Group for Flooring Industry

grey concrete floor in corridorSuppose your little decorative concrete flooring business suddenly could make deals as if it were a coast-to-coast firm? 

Gail Elber
Oct 1, 2015
The Ultimate Backyard Hacienda Resort

Concrete fire pitLooking at it today, it’s hard to imagine that the focal point of the Weiner family’s backyard used to be a $300 aboveground swimming pool from Walmart. Now, the award-winning residential resort is more in line with the likes of Neiman Marcus with its outdoor kitchen, water slide, conversation area with fire pit, and concrete swimming pool and spa with a Baja shelf, two in-pool tables and a shaded pavilion.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
UV-cure Coatings Are Back in the Mix for Specific Applications

 UV Cure Coatings for Concrete

Amy Johnson
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.

Mar 7, 2005
Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Amy Johnson
Jul 9, 2012
The Right Rubber Material for Your Custom Molds

Some 25 or more years ago, when my father would tell me he needed help making a rubber mold, he meant only one thing - using latex. Liquid rubbers for making production-quality molds have come a long way since then. Science has continued to perfect specialty compounds for mold-making. These compounds are designed to address the very specific challenges associated with very different mold applications, including architectural and decorative precasting.

Chris Karlik
Feb 19, 2012
NeoMix D-FRC from Cheng Concrete

Born out of frustration with the long learning curve for mastering GFRC, Cheng Concrete’s NeoMix D-FRC is designed to not only shorten that learning curve for contractors, but also to outperform traditional GFRC in regards to flexural strength and abrasion resistance.

Emily Dixon
Feb 11, 2011
The First Concrete Countertop Conference

The Raleigh-based Concrete Countertop Institute sponsored conference was an important step for professionals in the decorative concrete industry in the establishment of quality standards for concrete countertop professionals and the building industry.

Bent Mikkelsen