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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.

Concrete Contractor Installs Wall-to-Wall Penny Floor

A floor covered in pennies and then sealed with epoxy.After installing a stamped and colored concrete driveway in Minnesota, Concrete Science was approached by his client’s neighbor and complimented on a job well done. As luck would have it, during the conversation the man asked if Villella did epoxy work. He said yes and the talk turned to something the man had always wanted: a wall-to-wall penny floor.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 26, 2017
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Got Slurry?

Upgrade to Lavina propane and electric concrete grinders If you're doing anything with polishing, drilling or sawing concrete these days, you're likely already using water in your processes. Those hedging on not using wet processes are staring straight at a mandate from OSHA that requires contractors to reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica.

How to gauge grinders for polished concrete jobs

Before purchasing a grinding/polishing machine, polished concrete contractors must determine what types of jobs they are seeking -- smaller custom-design projects or larger-volume ones.Before purchasing a grinding/polishing machine, polished concrete contractors must determine what types of jobs they are seeking — smaller custom-design projects or larger-volume ones.

Joe Maty
May 26, 2017
OSHA's New Respirable Crystalline Silica Regulations Do Not Impact All Decorative Concrete Products

OSHA standards for silica dust protection has changed and not all concrete contractors will be effected. - Photo from Concrete Decor archivesChris Sullivan discusses the new OSHA respirable crystalline silica regulation and how it may not impact all decorative concrete products.

Chris Sullivan
May 26, 2017
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How did David Jack Corp. produce 480 countertops in just six weeks?

Piles of concrete countertops made for a client who had a short time frame for the order.Burbank, Calif., contractor David Jack Corp. specializes in countertops. So when Los Angeles-based Reform Furniture hired the firm to cast a group of workstation tops for a client back East, it was business as usual -- with one exception.

John Strieder
Nov 17, 2005
Weather Affects Set Time of Stamped Concrete Overlays

Stamped concrete overlay on a busy driveway in a southern California subdivision.When working with stamped concrete overlays, experts caution you to keep your eye on weather and temperature conditions.

David Searls
Jun 7, 2017
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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
Manufacturer Profile: Concrete Solutions

San Diego-based company, Concrete Solutions Inc., wholesales products, stamps and tools for repairing, restoring, beautifying and protecting existing concrete surfaces. The company provides products and services to contractors and suppliers in the U.S. as well as in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and throughout the Pacific Rim.

Bob Graham
Mar 9, 2003
Presenting to Architects? How to Get Their Attention ... and Keep It

Karen Van Heukelem
architects & concrete
Concrete Color Recipe: Designer's Disaster Turns to Gold for Concrete Contractor

An interior designer recently approached a decorative concrete contractor in Naples, Fla., for a solution to an unfortunate stroke of ill luck.An interior designer recently approached a decorative concrete contractor in Naples, Fla., for a solution to an unfortunate stroke of ill luck.

Jul 16, 2005
Concrete Countertops Come Alive After Dark

Glow in the Dark Concrete Countertops The powdered sugar-like product is available for a little more than $100 per pound, and for this project it only took 1/4 pound to achieve this long-lasting glow effect.

Vanessa Salvia
Final Pour
Barbara Sargent

Sargent had a prestigious career at Lambert Landscape Co. beginning in 1972 until the early 1990s. She rose to the position of vice president, where she was responsible for marketing, customer service and the retail division. It was during her tenure there that she was introduced to Epmar Corp.’s Kemiko stains and coatings and the idea of decorative concrete.


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Artisan in Concrete: Adrian C. Henry, Diacon Decorative Polished Concrete

Polished concrete in a grocery store in a rich brown color by Adrian Henry, Diacon.

Although Diacon Decorative Polished Concrete is only six years old, polishing contractor Adrian C. Henry’s years of experience, not to mention his infectious enthusiasm for both installing and teaching polished concrete, have made him something of a rising star in the polishing world.

Kelly O'Brien
Artisan in Concrete
Feb 19, 2012
Expectation Management Should Be Part of Conversation with Customers

Have you ever been in the process of completing or had just completed what to you was an amazing architectural concrete project only to be told by your client:
“It’s not what I was expecting.”
“Meh! It looks kind of ‘blah.’ I thought the color would ‘pop’ more.”
“I don’t like it.”

Greg Iannone
Color Issues with Liquid and Powder Release Agents

Bart Sacco
Dec 19, 2012
Decorative Concrete Tips: How to Prep for a Diving Board Mount on a Pool Deck

Did you ever have to install a pool deck with an aggressive pattern and then worry about cracking or breaking the fiberglass diving board mount because you were unable to set the mount on a smooth and level surface?

Bart Sacco
Feb 22, 2002
A Veteran Floor Guy Takes on a High-End Cast-in-Place Countertop

Cast in place concrete countertopIt all started when I got a call from interior designer Julie Doran. Been a long time. Where you been? “Second career as a flight attendant, third career as a full-time mom. Now, I’m back into design.” What’s up? “Got a new client. I’m designing a tricked-out outdoor kitchen. I think you may be just the guy to do the countertops.”

Michael Miller, the concretist
the concretist
How To: Installing an Oven Hood
Jeff Kudrick, Illustrations by Rob Bynum
How To
Jun 5, 2012
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
Artisan in Concrete
Apr 9, 2011
Filler Up! The Importance of Control Joint Fillers

The choice of filler and sealant product for a decorative slab is influenced by the amount of movement taking place, the kind of abuse the surface will be taking, and, of course, how the filler will look.

Loretta Hall
Hotel Rialto Restoration, Victoria, B.C.

A high-strength cementitious material gave contractors exactly what they needed to restore this venerable building.

Chris Mayo
Mar 18, 2009