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Church Street Gym Revived with Concrete Overlay

A little-known fact about New Castle, Indiana, (for everyone not a Hoosier) is that it's home to the world's largest high school gymnasium. Basketball fever is so rampant in this small town of 18,000 that the community raised the money needed to build a high school gym that seats 9,325 spectators.A little-known fact about New Castle, Indiana, (for everyone not a Hoosier) is that it’s home to the world’s largest high school gymnasium. Basketball fever is so rampant in this small town of 18,000 that the community raised the money needed to build a high school gym that seats 9,325 spectators.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Concrete: Guaranteed to Crack

concrete does crackConcrete is going to crack and contractors should be prepared to handle certain issues when they happen.

David Stephenson
Apr 16, 2018
2017 Scofield Decorative Concrete Award Winners

Cresting wave concrete precast to ward off ocean wave power."Innovation" was the word of the day for Scofield’s 10th annual Decorative Concrete Awards which were presented during the 2018 World of Concrete in Las Vegas. Grand prize-winning “Scofie” projects in six categories were unique in their design and execution, with several recipients pushing the limits of their experience to try new things.

Editors
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
HoverTrowel Power Trowel

Power trowel designed to finish decorative epoxy aggregate mortarsThis patented power trowel designed specifically for finishing decorative epoxy aggregate mortars has proven to be very adaptable and capable of finishing many types of polymer and modified cementitious overlays.

Editors
Feb 16, 2002
Recipe: Rich Swirling out of this World Floor Finish

Reminiscent of nothing so much as the surface of Jupiter, this rich swirling effect is guaranteed to take any epoxy floor up a notch.Reminiscent of nothing so much as the surface of Jupiter, this rich swirling effect is guaranteed to take any floor up a notch.

Ryan Neal
May 14, 2010
Getting the Gunk Off: A Guide to Removing Built-Up Residue from Concrete

Removing Built-Up Residue from ConcreteSurface preparation is the crucial beginning stage of any concrete polishing process. It is especially important in old office buildings, warehouses or department stores where tile or carpeting once covered the flooring, leaving behind residue that must be removed before applying an overlay or polishing. Photo courtesy of Stoops Freightliner

Heidi Hudnall and Wendy Runyon-Ricker
Pouring Concrete with Acid Staining in Mind

Pouring concrete that is to be stained

Nick Dancer
Epoxy Terrazzo: Elegance & Choice

>Terrazzo tiles are installed in this upscale restauarant in New York City.Using epoxy instead of cement opens up all kinds of new possibilities for terrazzo floors.

Amy Johnson
Jun 19, 2008
Vibrant Cementitious & Polymer Colors Make This Concrete Floor the Center of Attention

With Cementitious Polymer colors from Arflor you can create simple or intricate designs.Artflor Systems' vibrant cementitious and polymer colors make this concrete floor the center of attention.

Stacy Enesey Klemenc
Dec 1, 2002
Give Your Home a Concrete Countertop Face Lift

Concrete countretop with reds and oranges and a ribbon of aggregate.With the economy in doldrums, it is commonly accepted that homeowners are looking to stay in their homes longer rather than sell. Therefore, the renovations they are undertaking are seen as representing their tastes rather than what they hope a buyer may like.

Robert S. Johnson
Aug 8, 2008
Decorative Concrete Tips: The Torpedo Groover

Torpedo Groover by Slip Industries works very well for long and straight applicationsThe “Torpedo Groover” from Slip Industries has become an invaluable tool for the guys that know its advantages in placing control joints but as a decorative hand tool it has also taken on some slick advantages.

 

Editors
Oct 13, 2001
Improved Practices Make Better Polished Concrete School Floors

A high school in Yakima Washington with polished concrete floors in the hallway.On of the advantages of landing a contract for several polishing jobs is that the later ones can improve on the minor missteps of the earlier ones. A recent pair of jobs for the Yakima, Wash., School District is a classic case in point.

Gail Elber
Oct 1, 2013
LithoMosaic: the Art and Science of Decorative Concrete

Lithomosaics designs made in concrete from concrete.Robin Brailsford’s online resume lists her as “Artist, Inventor, Aesthetic Engineer.” The word “concrete” doesn’t makes its first appearance until the third page, but nonetheless, Brailsford has made a huge contribution to the art and science of decorative concrete through her patented invention, LithoMosaic.

Vanessa Salvia
Feb 26, 2015
Experts Sing the Praises of Polyaspartic Coatings

Purple polyaspartic on a floor with red specksExperts have a lot to say about polyaspartics. We gathered some of our favorites from contractors and manufacturers.

Editors
Jun 9, 2009
Pigments for Integrally Colored Concrete

Iron oxide pigments in yellow, red, brown and black.Not any pigment can be used in concrete. The chemistry of portland cement plus exposure to sunlight and weather can cause most integral concrete colors to fade.

Understanding pigments is the foundation for successful decorative concrete.

Michael Chusid
Jul 9, 2004
Sleek S-Curved Concrete Lounge Chair

The most important issue was the overall design and fi t. I concentrated on angles that were tight rather than curvy -- it had to look good as well as fi t good.This sleek S-curve, cast by Nick Relampagos using glass-fiber reinforced concrete, is embedded with radiant heating. Just turn it on and it gently warms you from beneath as the sun shines down from above.

Editors
Jun 2, 2010
High-Traffic High-Maintenance Concrete Stains

High traffic and high maintenance area concrete stain alternativeFreestyle Stains are a new line of concrete stains from Brickform. But they are not acid stains, and their carrier is not an acrylic or polyurethane.

Editors
Sep 2, 2005
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
Product Profile: ColorJuice Concrete Silicate Colorant

From American Decorative Concrete Supply Co.

Editors
Aug 8, 2009
Learn the Hard Facts about Densifier

Densifier is a underutilized, misunderstood and overlooked key to producing a beautiful and durable polished concrete floor.

Jennifer Faller
Feb 19, 2012
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