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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.

Lead Generation SaaS: A new method to find customers

Lead Generation SaaS: A new method to find customersFinding potential customers and successfully reaching them is a long and difficult process for most companies. Marketing actions businesses can take to create and build interest in a product or service make up lead-generation strategies.

Mathieu Picard
Oct 9, 2017
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Companies Donate Materials and Time to Help Homeless Families

Companies Donate Materials and Time to Help Homeless FamiliesInspired by the pro bono work done on the Bannister House last year during the Concrete Decor Show in San Diego, Jodi Cain of Quest Building Products began looking for ways she and her fellow employees could use their skills and services to give back to their community in Southern California.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 13, 2017
Joint Ventures: Deciding to use fillers or sealants to finish a job

Joint fillers and sealants are prevalent on commercial concrete floorsCall them fillers or call them sealants (people often use the terms interchangeably), but it’s a good bet if you’re involved with concrete work, you’ve run into determining what to do with the joints.

K. Schipper
Oct 16, 2017
Tapes for concrete that help with layout, cutting, blasting

Tapes that make a grout like appearance in concrete overlays. Trimtape Inc., a Georgia company, is unspooling several sticky options for concrete contractors.

May 6, 2005
An Epic Hardscape in the Hills

Restored decorative concrete garage and driveway.

Joe Maty
Examples of Snowmelt Concrete Applications

Concrete helipad with a snowmelt system installedHere are a list of places where radiant heat and snowmelt systems can be most effective.

Oct 2, 2003
Ask Concrete Decor: Concrete Resurfacing and Overlays

Questions about concrete resurfacing answered.Many of those pedestrian-traveled venues that look like cobblestone, slate, brick and marble are in fact, cement surfaces fashioned to look like more expensive materials at a fraction of the cost. If you have questions, we have the answers.

Ester Brody
Kia Ricchi of Centerline Production: Concrete in Public Works

Large colorful concrete reef made by Kia Ricchi Kia Ricchi of Centerline Productions takes her love of sculpting to new heights with the use of concrete.

Ester Brody
Aug 20, 2002
How to Measure Social Media Success

How to Measure Social Media SuccessBy now, most companies have a presence on social media. Some have comprehensive strategies and believe that social media is effective for their business, while others are using social media simply because they think they should. They have no idea if it’s benefiting their organization.

Lindsey Congeni
Sep 1, 2017
Concrete Contractor Finds Ways to Balance Family Life and Work

Child walking in a park over impressions in the concrete made from stains.A concrete contractor discusses how to balance between being a contractor and family life.

Karen Keyes
May 26, 2017
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
Seamless Floor Coatings Inc., A Family Business Since 1939

A Saleen car showroom with a metallic gun metal gray concrete floor coating.A head in the clouds is bad for business. Luckily, the Kolleck family does not have that problem. They have focused on floors for six decades, and their business, Seamless Floor Coatings Inc., is successful because of it.

John Strieder
Dec 3, 2005
Wisconsin: Not the Epicenter for Decorative Concrete

bright red and orange coated concrete floor in a specialized auto part store.Wisconsin is not exactly the epicenter of the decorative concrete universe, but this determined contractor is making a splash with his beautiful work.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Aug 5, 2006
A 26-Foot Stenciled and Stained Concrete High School Mascot

The remodel of Miami Carol City High School in Florida a couple of years ago included the installation of an outside amphitheater, topped with a stencil design of the team's logo, a giant The remodel of Miami Carol City High School in Florida a couple of years ago included the installation of an outside amphitheater, topped with a stencil design of the team’s logo, a giant “Chiefs” head.

Ted Uram
May 6, 2013
Concrete Stains, Let Good Looks Shine Through

Staining concrete doesn't deliver a speciļ¬c color because it is a reactionary process with the concrete. Beautiful multi-color stained concrete floor in a shopping mall.A painted concrete surface is just that — an opaque painted surface. Staining doesn’t deliver a specific color because it is a reactionary process. The concrete itself actually gives you the final look. Depending on how old the concrete is and the condition it is in when you start out can make a lot of difference.

Robin Suttell
Jul 3, 2001
Byron Klemaske II

When Byron was just 17 years old, in the early 1970s, he took a leap of faith and went to work for John T. Dryden Inc., a San Diego concrete imprinting company. He quickly became intrigued with the possibilities of the Bomanite process used by the company, and went on to develop innovative decorative concrete products, tools, methods and finishes. He expanded uses and markets for decorative concrete and trained many other notable people in the industry.


Using a Color Wheel for Your Concrete Work

using a Color Wheel for Your Concrete Work

There is a famous paperback called “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. Many writers treasure it as a guide to writing clearly and succinctly while avoiding common grammatical errors. The handbook itself is a model of clarity.

Gaye Goodman
New Products at World of Concrete 2016

new concrete products from World of Concrete 2016

The numbers were up for World of Concrete 2016, although not in the temperature department, as nearly 1,550 exhibitors displayed their wares Feb. 2-5 in the expansive Las Vegas Convention Center. Occupying more than 740,000 square feet in three halls and spilling out into the surrounding parking lots.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Apr 1, 2016
Artisan in Concrete: Shawn Halverson, Surfacing Solutions Inc., Temecula, Calif.

When Shawn Halverson first tried his hand at concrete installation, he didn’t intend to make it his livelihood. He got into structural concrete in high school after meeting a contractor who was working on a house for Halverson’s parents, and at the time, he viewed the job as a temporary gig.

Natasha Chilingerian
Apr 9, 2011
Design Ideas: Retail Spaces

From department stores to convenience stores, decorative concrete is turning up in retail spaces across the country.

Emily Dixon
Jul 8, 2010
Liquid Stone Concrete Designs, Bucks County, Pa.

Gerry Maurer’s signature fern imprint isn’t the only way he leaves his mark on a job.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Feb 13, 2008