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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.

Former Army Ranger Builds A Construction Company Employing Vets

Vet Embarks on Mission: to Build a CompanyRich Verdone is an Army Ranger veteran with five tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, but his devotion to duty and his fellow soldiers marches on here at home. He’s now on a mission to build a construction company on a foundation of the skills and dedication of U.S. military veterans.

Joe Maty
Sep 11, 2017
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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
How To Apply Glow-in-the-dark Stone in Concrete

How To Apply Glow-in-the-dark Stone in ConcreteJust when you thought you were going to install another exposed aggregate pool deck, your clients inform you they want the concrete to “glow” with stone accents. Don’t hit the panic button if you’ve never worked with a glowing medium before. Glow stones are applied in exposed aggregate finishes.

Peter Tomé
Sep 15, 2017
Taking a Chance on Concrete Staining, Gaye Goodman, Faux Real LLC

highly reflective teal green acid stained floor.

Longtime artist and acid stain master Gaye Goodman, 66, wasn’t always a guru of colored concrete.

She spent the early part of her career creating batiks and abstract paintings. Forms found in nature often served as her inspiration. She finally landed in the decorative concrete industry and truly blossomed.

Natasha Chilingerian
Dec 31, 2011
Decorative Concrete Restoration Contest Winners

Polished Concrete Images, a division of K. Johnson Construction Inc., Sauk Rapids, Minn., for the Eich Motor Co. luxury auto dealership showroom in St. Cloud, Minn.From indoor pools to backyard fountains, the winners of Concrete Decor's first annual Concrete Restoration contest gave faded concrete a new lease on life.

Cause and Effect of Curing Differential on Colored Concrete

curing differential in concrete

Chris Sullivan
Long Overdue Concrete Overlay Install at McCarran International Airport

Concrete overlays installed at McCarran Airport give a much needed upgrade.For years, officials with the Clark County Department of Aviation knew Terminal 1 at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas was in need of a fresh concrete overlay job. Wide, deep expansion joints placed long ago posed dangers for travelers, and the airport was paying for it.

Natasha Chilingerian
Jan 16, 2013
Using White Cement on Gray Concrete

Bright white cement used as an overlay for an ordinary gray slab gives the option to add bright pure colors to the concrete.Achieve pure, consistent color while providing your customers a highly reflective surface. Ninety-nine percent of the cement used in the United States is gray. The other 1 percent is a startlingly bright white color. Because it represents such a small share of the market, many contractors know little about white cement concrete.

Loretta Hall
Feb 2, 2006
Slip Resistance for Concrete Flooring

Slip resistant concrete pool deckMake your concrete surfaces not only beautiful but safe to walk on as well.

Gareth Fenley
Aug 18, 2002
How to Choose a Concrete Casting Surface

Corian concrete casting surfaces.

Jeremy French
In a Hurry? Preparation and Timing are Everything with Fast-Drying, Self-Leveling Concrete Toppings

Fast-drying, self-leveling concrete toppings need a solid, rigid substrate. Concrete substrates are recommended as seen here in a retro ice cream shop with bar stools.When time is of the essence, fast-drying, self-leveling toppings can be the ideal solution.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Apr 15, 2002
Seminary Receives Concrete Application Using Pure Texture

Seminary wall coated with Pure Texture concrete coating with arched openings into a room.In his 40 years of working in the masonry and general construction industry, Dominick Freda has never been involved with a project of the magnitude of the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, a traditional Roman Catholic facility situated on 1,100 acres in Dillwyn, Virginia, not far from Charlottesville.

Jacqueline Valle
Apr 7, 2017
Rich Redwood Colored Concrete Stain Bring Health Village to Life

The stainers tried to make each wall look like a unique set of panels. Muse Concrete Contractors Inc. of Redding, Calif., did its part to create the illusion by developing tilt-up wall forms that replicated the rough, uneven sides of the old huts.Is it redwood or is it concrete? A Sacramento contractor creates a Native American health center with reactive-stained walls

John Strieder
Jun 19, 2006
Add Decorative Drainage to Your Concrete Services

Drainage systems for concrete that add to the overall design while still doing their job.From trench drains to catch basins and grates, here's what you need to keep standing water off your outside projects.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Mar 15, 2004
Creating the Look of Stones on a Residential Pool Deck

Faux stones around a pool deck - Concrete Decor Magazine

Gail Elber
How to Apply Texture Crete to Concrete Surfaces

Cementitious overlay product in a checker board pattern by Life Deck, Texture-Crete.Texture-Crete, manufactured by Life Deck, is a polymer-modified cementitious coating that can be applied to existing concrete surfaces as well as plywood decks. The coating creates a decorative and safe textured finish with numerous color and texture options.

Jul 22, 2003
Discovery Playground at Mirabeau Point Park, Spokane Valley, Wash.

Steelhead trout rivers, bear dens, salmon runs, bighorn sheep ledges, Jurassic fossils - all hallmarks of eastern Washington state. All available for touching, climbing, wading and digging at the Discovery Playground in Mirabeau Point Park, maintained by the City of Spokane Valley, Washington.

Amy Johnson
May 9, 2011
Synthetic Rocks Making Their Way to Residential Builds

Synthetic rocks surround a backyard pond and add to the overall aestheticThe world’s great deposits of synthetic rock were once concentrated in zoos, theme parks and the occasional museum exhibit. But times have changed, and these days, faux rock is cropping up all over, from backyard pools and spas to shopping-mall waterfalls.

David Thompson
Jun 25, 2004
Design Ideas: Schools

From the playground to the locker room, decorative concrete is inspiring teachers and school administrators across the country.

Emily Dixon
May 10, 2010
Epoxy Systems For Concrete Floors

Known for their one-plus-one application process, epoxies promise adhesion, hardness, chemical resistance and versatility. Add color chips or metallic pigments, and they can be beautiful too.

Amy Johnson
Sep 15, 2009
Vertical Overlays: To Spray or Trowel

If you’re one of the growing number of contractors making the move from horizontal to vertical, this may be one of your first questions.

Amy Johnson
May 7, 2008