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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.

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
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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
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
Self-Leveling Concrete Overlays: An Aesthetic, Cost Efficient Alternative

Yellow furniture grouping in home with self-leveling overlay stained a rich brown.Self-levelers offer interior spaces unlimited design possibilities, fast! Through the use of integral colors, dry-shake color hardeners and similar products, fresh concrete need no longer be gray, monotone and drab looking.

Bruce Hackett
Jul 7, 2001
How Asbestos Abatement Affects Polished Concrete

Asbestos is very dangerous when found in tiles and glue on concrete and needs to be professionally abated.Asbestos is very dangerous when found in tiles and glue on concrete and needs to be professionally abated.

David Stephenson
May 26, 2017
Stamped Concrete and Its Coats of Many Colors

A close-up of stamped concrete shows how natural you can make concrete look with attention to detail.Achieving a realistic and "one-of-a-kind" look with stamped concrete requires a knowledge of colors and some help from the experts. Included are several exciting formulas.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Dec 13, 2001
Metakaolin: The Pozzolan for Decorative Concrete

Pozzolans are supplementary cementitious admixtures that react with lime to form more CSH. The additional CSH increases the cementitious bonds in the concrete to make it stronger.Decorative concrete contractors are discovering the many benefits of metakaolin, an admixture that makes concrete brighter, denser and more workable.

Michael Chusid
Feb 27, 2005
A New Way to Look at Decorative Concrete in Art Galleries

Decorative concrete in art galleries

Nick Dancer
Cast-in-Place Concrete Countertops: Forms, Mixes, Tools and Finishes

A sleek concrete countertop in a modern kitchen,As demand for concrete countertops grows, concrete contractors and artists have been honing their techniques to produce concrete countertops. Countertops fall into two general categories: cast-in-place and precast and projects can call for either application.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Aug 4, 2004
Keep Concrete Work Beautiful by Choosing the Correct Concrete Sealer

Large concrete slab finished with blued color hardener and then sealed with the correct concrete sealer.Match the sealer to the job, and let your work shine! Concrete sealers help protect and beautify concrete work. But choosing the right one from a bewildering assortment of products is not always easy. Making the best selection depends on several factors: the application, desired aesthetics and maintenance requirements. Knowing the basics can help you make the right choice for each project.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Jun 5, 2003
Seat Walls on the Pittman Wash Trail, Las Vegas, Nev.

Gail Elber
Cutting Pictures in Concrete with Diamonds - Gerald Taylor

In this living room the concrete was cleared of tack strips and glue and then thoroughly cleaned.The lines and flowing curves were drawn freehand using green chalk.In this living room the concrete was cleared of tack strips and glue and then thoroughly cleaned.The lines and flowing curves were drawn freehand using green chalk.

Sep 1, 2003
Elegant Fireplace Surrounds - Concrete takes its place at the heart of the home

Interior decorative concrete is all the rage for countertops, floors and bathtubs, but nowhere does it pack more design punch than in fireplace surrounds and hearths.Winter’s on its way! It’s time to think about adding hearths and fireplace surrounds to your decorative concrete offerings

Amy Johnson
Nov 3, 2005
Decorative Concrete Tips: Cleaning a Pump Sprayer

Quickly clean a pump spray so you can use it over and over.Sprayers can be a real pain in the neck when they don’t work right, so I’d like to share a procedure that has worked well for us through the years. This was developed after throwing away a mountain of spent sprayer cans!

Bart Sacco
Jun 1, 2003
A Leader in Decorative Concrete: Bomanite Corporation

Early in the imprinting concrete era, Brad Bowman walks on an early concrete stamp made of metal.Bomanite Corporation has been a leader in the decorative concrete industry for more than half a century. What began as a small company with a single vision has now grown into a worldwide organization that offers its franchise partners five separate licensing programs: Imprint, Toppings, Polishing, Precast and Grasscrete.

Aug 27, 2005
Concrete Homes Grow in Popularity and Stand the Test of Time

The ancient Romans had the right idea. If you want a structure to last for centuries, shelve the sticks. Build it out of concrete.

The ancient Romans had the right idea. If you want a structure to last for centuries, shelve the sticks. Build it out of concrete.

And although most Europeans grasped onto this concept eons ago — their dwellings are built to be passed on from generation to generation — it’s taken the less frugal Americans awhile longer to literally bring the concept home.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jun 6, 2004
Ask Concrete Decor: Slippery Stamped Concrete, Flat Stencils and More

ask concrete decorHave a decorative concrete question that needs answering? Ask it!

Got any solutions for that slippery stamped concrete?

Jan 5, 2002
Getting Into Decorative Concrete: A Guide for Newbies and Old-timers, Too

Decorative concrete career - Concrete Decor magazineFar too many skilled decorative professionals falsely believe their success hinges on their expertise. Most feel the more they know about concrete counters, polishing or staining, the better their odds are of being viewed as successful artisans or, maybe better put, successful artisanal business owners. Sure, expertise is important, but it's only a fraction of what you need.

Doug Carlton
Thin-Shell Concrete Structures

There is more than one way to create a concrete home — and the thin-shell method produces dwellings of unparalleled beauty. 

Amy Johnson
Nov 11, 2009
Preparing Your Countertop for Topical Sealers

The steps you take with your wet-cast or GFRC countertops prior to sealing them will affect sealer success more than the actual application of the sealer. It’s important to gain an understanding of what your concrete is doing, or more importantly, what you are doing with your concrete.

Mark Celebuski
Feb 11, 2011
Carlton's Corner: Sealers On The Brain

We have been hitting this sealer problem head on in this column because this is what your feedback has asked for. I recently had the chance to visit with Bert Adams of Glaze 'N Seal to get his input on what is happening with this industry.

Doug Carlton
Aug 8, 2009