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Get to know Joshua Annis of Joshua James Artistry

Carved concrete wall that looks like the inside of a cave by San Diego concrete contractor Joshua AnnisWith a passion for art and a love of sculpting, painting and pottery, Joshua Annis had the opportunity of a lifetime presented to him at a young age and at a time when he had no direction in his life and then along came concrete.

Jacqueline Valle
Apr 7, 2017
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Concrete Decor Roadshow
Polished Concrete Industry is not Sheltered from the Effects of Politics

As a consultant who works with contractors and manufacturers alike, I sometimes see things that aren’t typically discussed that I feel are important to share. So I’m going to attempt to tie together the various strings of thought on tax updates and how these will affect our industry specifically.

David Stephenson
Apr 11, 2017
In search of new revenue? Offer resealing as an option as part of your bid

What if I told you that you could get paid over and over again for a project you completed a year or two ago. Would you be interested? No, this isn’t some slick marketing idea or even a take-off of a multilevel marketing or pyramid scheme. Rather, this is working smarter not harder with a fair amount of common sense mixed in.

Greg Iannone
Apr 9, 2017
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Concrete Charlotte: Levine Museum of the New South

Putting down a beautiful concrete museum floor that doesn’t distract from the artwork is, well, creating a work of art in its own right.

Emily Dixon
Feb 27, 2013
Trowel Power - Make a difficult task easier

Let’s face it, working concrete is a hard job. It’s hard on the hands, the back and especially the knees. Fortunately, for some contractors there’s an option that allows them to stand upright and still complete their jobs.

K. Schipper
Abrasives for Concrete

The processes used for polishing concrete are quite possibly the most misunderstood piece of the business. A tremendous amount of sales propaganda is available that can either provide some clarity or add serious confusion.

David Stephenson
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Differences Between Integral Colors and Color Hardeners

Bart Sacco
Jan 24, 2013
Problems with Curing Compound and Wet-Grind Scratch Rows on Concrete

Problems with Curing Compound and Wet-Grind Scratch RowsA dissipating cure is exactly the right compound to use on a polished concrete floor. Generally, these types of curing compounds break down from traffic and exposure to sunlight and are mostly gone within a few weeks.

Editors
The Polishing Consultant
A Monumental Effort: Restoring a Concrete Sculpture at Camp Pendleton

Concrete Statue at Camp Pendleton

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Project Profile
Movement, Contrast and Texture: Explaining Colored Concrete Options to Clients

Color in decorative concrete

Troy Lemon
Cutting Pictures in Concrete with Diamonds - Nickel Concrete Staining

Concrete flowers were cut into a concrete floor to add art to this room.Straight lines were created using a worm drive saw; arches were done with a saw mounted on a compass-like device.

Editors
Aug 15, 2003
A Polished Look

Adding metal machine gears to a concrete slab prior to polishing can reveal amazing effects in the final polished concrete floor project.Polishing colored concrete creates an easy-care, lustrous floor.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
The Institute for American Craftsmanship

Peeling up a stencil of a company logo on concrete.A new training school in Oregon joins others around the country in promoting excellence in the trades.

Rosemary Camozzi
Dec 1, 2003
iPlay America, Freehold, N.J.

iPlay America Amusement ParkWhen Bob McDaid began making plans to build iPlay America, his 115,000-square-foot indoor family amusement park in Freehold, N.J., he envisioned flooring to complement two very different settings. On one side of the park, he wanted a boardwalk that would remind guests of playing arcade games and munching cotton candy on the famous New Jersey shore, and on the other, a worn asphalt road that would help depict a Tuscan village scene.

Natasha Chilingerian
Project Profile
Feb 19, 2012
A Variety of Tools and Techniques Adds Texture to Concrete Slabs

Texture roller skims the surface of a stenciled concrete slab giving a textured look.In this world, there are two types of concrete: concrete that’s flat, gray and utilitarian, and concrete that’s been shaped, colored and/or textured — and is considered art.

K. Schipper
Apr 11, 2017
Marketing for Concrete Contractors

Concrete can't sell itself, contractors must depend upon a bit of marketing too. Image from http://historycooperative.org/ Many contractors believe that their workmanship will sell itself, but too often, they depend on referrals. Decorative concrete contractors are artisans, not necessarily salespeople.

Christina Camara
The Art of a Successful Concrete Business Rebranding Campaign

successfully rebranding a concrete campaign

Erik Pisor
White Concrete Pavilion Complements Mexican Museum

White concrete Pavilion Complements a Mexican MansionA brilliant white concrete pavilion sits proudly on the grounds of a popular tourist destination in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. The pavilion frames three sides of a paved courtyard at La Quinta Montes Molina — a historic early-20th century mansion in Merida that now serves as a museum and venue for social events in the garden.

Vanessa Salvia
Project Profile
Decorative Concrete Recipes 2010

The techniques featured in this beloved annual feature may give you the look you’re after for finishing that one job. Or, they may provide the spark you need to come up with something new.

Kelly O'Brien
May 10, 2010
Southern Color

Southern Color, recently bought by Rockwood Pigments, continues its tradition of customer service while it expands nationwide.

Christina Camara
Help for Radiant Heat Floors

Sure, radiant-heated concrete is warm and comfortable. But before you get too comfortable, there are underlayments, insulation and other factors to consider.

Amy Johnson
Feb 13, 2008
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