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Chemical Surfactants Can Cut Steps in Concrete Polishing

Chemical surfactants such as Prosoco's Consolideck First Cut and KickStart Clarity Enhancer from Curecrete Distribution's Retroplate System can boost productivity and improve results in the early grind stages of concrete polishing projects.Chemical surfactants such as Prosoco’s Consolideck First Cut and KickStart Clarity Enhancer from Curecrete Distribution’s Retroplate System can boost productivity and improve results in the early grind stages of concrete polishing projects.

David Searls
Aug 16, 2018
Cleaning Concrete Correctly is Critical Before Applying Coatings

Preparing concrete correctly before applying a coating helps to ensure the coating's success.Preparing concrete correctly before applying a coating helps to ensure the coating’s success. Contractors must carefully evaluate the substrate and its condition to determine what cleaner or degreaser is needed and how it should be applied.

Rob Spiegel
Aug 15, 2018
What is the Best System for Polished Concrete Maintenance?

Conducting tests on the polished concrete.On a regular basis, many of us are asked: “What is the best way to maintain polished concrete?” Is there one method proven to be superior?

In this article, we’ll explore some field testing reviews and compare traditional DIPs (diamond-impregnated pads) to a newer floor maintenance system involving composite resin abrasives (CRAs).

Greg Cabot
Aug 22, 2018
When it Comes to Concrete, Stains Can Be a Good Thing

Stained concrete is a simple yet decorative upgrade for many concrete surfaces. As a decorative concrete contractor, it's beneficial to be well-versed in concrete staining. Although it may seem simple, there are a few factors you should keep in mind to help ensure your success: finish, location and desired aesthetic.Stained concrete is a simple yet decorative upgrade for many concrete surfaces. As a decorative concrete contractor, it’s beneficial to be well-versed in concrete staining. Although it may seem simple, there are a few factors you should keep in mind to help ensure your success: finish, location and desired aesthetic.

Karen Keyes
Mar 29, 2018
Decorative Concrete Panels Survive Decades of Weathering

The collection of 60 panels, each measuring 5 feet by 3 feet by 4 inches, was built to demonstrate seven production procedures popular at the time.The question of architectural concrete’s durability has finally been answered.

William C. Panarese
Dec 4, 2005
Are Your Diamond Concrete Polishing Pads Open for Business?

Resin bond diamond polishing pads for concreteWhen polishing concrete using resin- or metal-bonded diamond abrasives, how do you know that the diamonds under your machine are functioning effectively?

Jennifer A. Faller
Aug 20, 2011
Decorative Concrete Tips: Complete Estimates are an Essential Part of the Job

The Importance of EstimatingFor the decorative concrete contractor — or any contractor — the estimating stage of any project is critical. Here at the Renew-Crete Systems training seminars, I stress the importance of a complete and thorough estimate.

Joe Francis
Mar 14, 2003
Gray Scheme Dominant Choice for Decorative Concrete

Gray seems to be dominating current color schemes for everything. As I'm not a fan, I hope this trend ends soon. Forcing me to work in gray almost makes me turn down jobs. But work is better than being idle so if gray is your prospect's preferred hue, here are a couple of important points to think about when talking to clients. Gray seems to be dominating current color schemes for everything. As I’m not a fan, I hope this trend ends soon. Forcing me to work in gray almost makes me turn down jobs. But work is better than being idle so if gray is your prospect’s preferred hue, here are a couple of important points to think about when talking to clients.

Rick Lobdell
May 31, 2018
Stenciling Concrete for that Decorative Look

A star stenciled onto concrete in earth tone stains.Stenciling on concrete opens the door to a world of design options that personalize and enhance a decorative concrete project. The results can be simple or complex depending on the design you are seeking.

Edward J. Winslow
Aug 1, 2008
Concrete Forms and Form Liners for that Natural Look

Form liner textures from Symons enhance the appearance of concrete walls and columns. Hundreds of standard patterns, in four different materials, are available for specifi-cation to create appropriate and attractive architectural finishes.If you’re going to erect a long molded concrete wall, you’re going to be doing a lot of vertical pouring, and one of the most cost-effective ways to do that is with a decorative form liner.

Editors
Jan 25, 2006
Filling Control Joints in Decorative Concrete

Filling contraction joints, control joints - Control joints are cuts placed into the concrete at the time of pouring, or shortly after, to control random cracking in concrete. This works by creating a weakened area in the slab -- concrete cracks follow the path of least resistance.Control joints are cuts placed into the concrete at the time of pouring, or shortly after, to control random cracking in concrete. This works by creating a weakened area in the slab — concrete cracks follow the path of least resistance.

Nick Dancer
Jul 1, 2014
Case Studies Anchor a New Approach to Product Training

Almost all manufacturers of decorative concrete systems and equipment offer some sort of training on their products. Almost all manufacturers of decorative concrete systems and equipment offer some sort of training on their products. Whether it is a one-hour watch-and-learn or a three-day hands-on class that people pay to attend, these programs have become mainstream in our industry.

Chris Sullivan
Jun 5, 2012
Solvenator Premier Concrete Pump Sprayer

The new sprayer is a standard hand-pump model that Floric Polytech Inc. has retooled with fixtures and seals that stand up to solvents. This sprayer applies solvent-based materials and can be cleaned with solvents without damaging a single part.The problem: How to spray sealers and other solventbased liquids onto concrete as if they were paint. The solution: The Solvenator Premier Concrete Sprayer.

Editors
Jan 24, 2006
Series of Turnpike Stops Get Decked Out with Decorative Concrete

Florida turnpike decorative concreteIf Florida’s Turnpike were a rail line, the Fort Drum service plaza in the south central part of the state would be the equivalent of New York’s Grand Central Station, with glitzy interior treatments that include terrazzo floors and decorative exterior treatments and landscaping that evoke Florida’s unique natural environs.

Joe Maty
Apr 5, 2014
Decorative Concrete Products That Help Control Heat

Thermometer outside on a stake.Here are a few products designed specifically to help cool down exterior concrete surfaces.

Editors
Jul 5, 2011
Integrally Colored Concrete at Fort Worth's Skateboard Central

Decorative concrete used in Dallas skateparkThe concrete in a skate park must be completely smooth to accommodate a skateboard’s small, hard 40 to 55 mm urethane wheels, yet also be nonslippery.

Vanessa Salvia
Aug 20, 2014
Recipe: Decorative Concrete Broom Finish

broom finish on this concrete by Super-KreteBroom finishes provide an economical alternative to the removal and replacement of existing concrete. This system creates a flexible and durable finish that can be used to re-level, renovate, resurface and create decorative patterns and designs, with or without integral coloring. When sealed, the new finish will resist gas, oils, water, salts, freeze-thaw cycles and ultraviolet rays.

Editors
May 15, 2008
Taking Your Polishing Business on the Road

When to add traveling to your business model for concrete polishingI went through this transition as a polishing contractor, so I thought that I would give you a few helpful tips and things to think about before you embark on this journey.

David Stephenson
Jun 5, 2012
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