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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.

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
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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
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
Reactive Stain Effects on Concrete Using Household Items


Ironite is a brand of fertilizer that is composed of primarily iron sulfate in a clay granule.In fact, it was recommended that we avoid promoting this product and, if we had to sell it, that the variegated results should be disguised by buffing with a colored wax.

Michael Miller
Jun 5, 2012
Contractor Works His Magic While Facility Conducts Business as Usual

contractors pouring concrete near pool

K. Schipper
Decorative Concrete Displays in Cabela's

Decorative concrete displays in Cabela's

Vanessa Salvia
Decorative Concrete Tips: A sound foundation for your countertops

Decorative Concrete Tips: A sound foundation for your countertopsWhen blueprinting the process of forming cast-on-site counters, an important detail that's overlooked, is using the right material for the job.

John Kipp
Oct 31, 2005
10 Amazing Concrete Jobs

round concrete tea bar

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Decorative Concrete Tips: Need a Tool? Make it yourself!

A six-inch edger was transformed into a customized chamfer tool to provide a clean, straight and more consistent finish on the top edge of retaining walls and precast wall panels.It happens often: A concrete contractor is faced with a project that requires adaptations to an existing form or tool to shape the concrete during that critical hour before it turns hard.

Editors
Aug 1, 2005
Mix Messages: How Performance Admixtures Affect Integral Color

Air-entrained concrete also gives workers something to sink their trowels into -- a creamy, foamy topping that some say responds better than straight concrete. Does the use of admixtures change the intensity of integral color?

John Strieder
Public Work Exemplifies Mingling of Science, Engineering and Art

A visually striking public art project near the University of Simon Fraser in Vancouver, British Columbia, was the result of science and engineering intersecting, orchestrated by a concrete artisan who was skilled enough to make it happenA visually striking public art project near the University of Simon Fraser in Vancouver, British Columbia, was the result of science and engineering intersecting, orchestrated by a concrete artisan who was skilled enough to make it happen.

Vanessa Salvia
Sprayable Overlay Compound is Part of Stainable Concrete Veneer System

Bella Vernici's sprayable overlay compound is a crown jewel of the company's stainable concrete veneer.Bella Vernici's sprayable overlay compound is the crown jewel of the company's stainable concrete veneer system.

Editors
Dec 30, 2005
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
Close Encounter with Concrete: Michael Littlefield, Mélange Studio

Exposed gears on the side of a concrete side table with exposed aggregate.Once 5-year-old Michael Littlefield touched uncured concrete, he couldn't keep his hands off it. Today, his obsession is his livelihood.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jun 2, 2007
Contractor Creates Eye-Catching Floors With Glow Aggregate

lizard print on grey concrete floorWhat started out as a once-in-a-lifetime hunting adventure turned into a friendship and a trophy-worthy job where contractor Matt Villella, owner of Sierra Concrete Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota, bagged one of his most memorable projects to date.

Jennifer Byrnes
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
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
Nightclub in Arizona's Wild Horse Pass Casino

You can bet your boots that it wasn’t easy to overlay the three glittering, aggregate-spiked ramps that lead down from the VIP lounge to the dance floor in the nightclub of the Wild Horse Pass Casino.

Liz Schick
Sep 4, 2012
Floor Seasons

Cary Grant (no, not that Cary Grant) went from making his living stripping floors to discovering a passion for concrete staining.

Mike Dawson
Polishing Dry-Shake Color Hardener: Yes or No?

Some say avoid this combination altogether. But others say it can be done well — as long as contractors are aware of potential pitfalls.

Christina Camara
Sep 17, 2008
Special Effects

Aggregates that glow and sparkle. Scented concrete. Salted concrete. Cremated ashes in concrete ... Just some of the out-there options that are only offered by this industry.

Amy Johnson
Oct 6, 2010
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