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The Mall of Concrete is Open for Business!

The Mall of Concrete is Open for Business!If you were impressed with last year’s Decorative Concrete LIVE! debut, have we got more in store for you! World of Concrete attendees will look at vertical applications of decorative concrete in a whole new way after this year’s take on retail spaces inside and out.

Jan 22, 2018
Terrazzo Artistry Delivers Glitz to McCarran Terminal

Not Just Another Skate in the ParkLas Vegas’ McCarran Airport put its money down in a bet on a vibrant, colorful and imaginative new look for the airport’s Terminal 1 ticketing and baggage claim area.

Joe Maty
Jan 22, 2018
2017 Concrete Decor Show Leaves Lasting Marks on Florida Resort

2017 Concrete Decor Show Leaves Lasting Marks on Florida ResortDuring the 2017 Concrete Decor Show, the resort was buzzing with people talking about the improvements that were transforming the grounds and some of the facilities on the resort. From pools and walkways to countertops and floors, projects were conducted by seasoned professionals and completed by novices and decorative concrete veterans alike.

Jan 22, 2018
Densifiers for Moisture Management: Letter to the Editor

Densified concrete that has been polished to a beautiful finish.Your article, “Densifiers: Moisture management and a whole lot more” (Aug/Sept 2005), by Susan Brimo-Cox, is informative and brings to your audience useful information on the fastest-growing treatment for concrete flooring.

Darryl Manuel
Dec 2, 2005
How small marketing tactics can make a BIG difference for decorative concrete businesses

Photo courtesy of Tamryn Doolan Once you complete a job and you know the client is happy, follow up over the phone or through email to ask for a testimonial or quote for your website or a brochure. To make things even more convenient, send a stamped postcard they can easily mail back to you.

Vanessa Salvia
Concrete Countertop Casting in the Summer Heat

Jeffrey Girard casting concrete countertops in the summer heat.

Summertime brings challenges to almost everyone in the concrete industry. Heat and humidity can turn an ordinary job into a frantic scramble.

Jeffrey Girard
Sep 4, 2012
Decorative Concrete Panels Survive Decades of Weathering

The collection of 60 panels, each measuring 5 feet by 3 feet by 4 inches, was built to demonstrate seven production procedures popular at the time.The question of architectural concrete’s durability has finally been answered.

William C. Panarese
Dec 4, 2005
New Research Says Polished Concrete is the Most Slip-Resistant Flooring

Polished Concrete is the Most Slip-Resistant Flooring

Jennifer A. Faller
The Comfort of Radiant Heat in Concrete

For a snow-melt system, the designer specifies tubing embedded in outdoor or garage slabs.Bob “Hot Rod” Rohr isn’t your everyday installer of heating systems. The Rogersville, Mo., heating expert got turned on to radiant heat about 15 years ago and dove, well, toes-first into the technology.

John Vastyan
Feb 17, 2007
Mechanical, Chemical or Water: Which Prep is Right For the Job?

With today’s ever-changing technology, it’s critical to stay on top of your options to achieve the concrete surface profile (CSP) recommended by coating manufacturers and to choose the right equipment for surface preparation.

K. Schipper
Stained Concrete Floors with a Sacred Meaning

Bright yellow flower with a red center on a concrete surface using concrete stains.Architects and designers working on the construction of the new Potawatomi Executive Building developed an elaborate stained-concrete floral pattern for the rotunda floor.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Aug 9, 2006
How to use Glass as Aggregate in Concrete

Glass aggregate can replace part or all of the sand and gravel in concrete, for effects that range from colorful terrazzo, to granite- or marble-like finishes, to concrete that reflects light like a mirror. Glass aggregate can even be used to produce concrete that literally glows.Crushed or ground glass can substitute for gravel or sand while adding beauty to decorative concrete.

David Thompson
Jul 8, 2005
Successful Concrete Businesses No Matter Where You Call Home

An outdoor kitchen project by Elements, a decorative concrete company in Sheridan, Wyo.Doug Carlton discusses his favorite trait of the decorative concrete industry: Passion.

Doug Carlton
Jan 7, 2010
Improve Your Sales and Customer Relations with a Decorative Concrete Design Center

Colorado Hardscape's Concrete Design Center Showroom - In 2001, Colorado Hardscapes made a move that forever changed its approach to sales and marketing. The company moved into a new concrete design center, the first of its kind in Colorado.In 2001, Colorado Hardscapes made a move that forever changed its approach to sales and marketing. The company moved into a new concrete design center, the first of its kind in Colorado.

Karen Van Heukelem
May 1, 2015
Color Recipe: Transform Dull Lifeless Concrete with Tinted Liquid Release

Have dull, ugly, once beautiful concrete? Transform your slab by using this color recipe that includes using a tinted liquid release.This recipe is for those clients who call you complaining about a stamped or textured patio that’s become lifeless and dull. With just a few steps and a freshly mixed batch of tinted liquid release agent, you can bring color and depth to those sad surfaces.

Kelly O'Brien
Feb 11, 2011
Concrete Placement (Part 3 of 3): Mix Designs

David Stephenson
Epoxy Floor Coating & Logo at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas

Concrete contractors work on detailing for the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas using a stencil over epoxy coatings.

In a city where pawn shops are a dime a dozen, one pawn shop in particular is becoming legendary. Located off the Strip in downtown Las Vegas, the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is the setting for the History channel’s “Pawn Stars,” a reality show documenting the antics of pawn business veterans

Natasha Chilingerian
A Concrete Tree Celebrates the Branches of a Family-Owned Business

Steven Ochs Smith Paints concrete tree

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Surface Preparation: The Right Profile

Surface prep is not the most creative part of a decorative concrete project, but it’s also rarely the same old grind.

Sue Marquette Poremba
Mar 18, 2009
More Acid Alternatives

Three more ways to get the look of acid stain without the hassle.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 11, 2009
Artisan in Concrete: Dominick Cardone, The Concrete Impressionist Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y.

Starting a business is a challenging process no matter what the circumstances.

Kelly O'Brien
Jan 7, 2011