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Keeping Integral Colored Concrete Consistent

Broom finished concrete driveway.Placing and finishing concrete to maximize the visual appeal of integral coloring starts at the bottom — with a well-draining, compacted aggregate and consistent subgrade. It’s well worth the time and effort to get it right and give decorative concrete a great start to standing up to the elements.

Steve Johnson
Jul 13, 2018
How Much Color Should I Use in My Concrete?

Solomon integrally colored samples showing color loading.Integral colors are calculated by loadings based on total cementitious materials used per yard of concrete. Common loadings are 1 percent, 2 percent, 3 percent and 4 percent.

Steve Johnson
Jul 5, 2018
Artisans in Tennessee Carve Concrete Trees for Cabins

Cute concrete cabinAmerican Patriot Getaways in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is one of the companies that rents cabins to vacationers who want to stay in “tree houses” in the Smoky Mountains.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 12, 2018
Making New Concrete Blend with the Old

Concrete sign that blends in with it's older surroundingsThere have always been ways to make new projects blend into their older surroundings, but Sophisticated Finishes by Triangle Coatings Inc. offers a truly aged look.

Editors
Jan 12, 2007
Transform Your World of Concrete with Metal Plating

Transform ordinary decorative concrete into an amazing piece of art with PlateAll metal coating.Amidst a myriad of decorative coatings for concrete, PlateAll Metal Coating emerges. PlateAll can transform a rather ordinary concrete surface into one that resembles solid cast metal with many of its attributes.  

Editors
Feb 12, 2001
An Alternate Countertop Forming Method Now Available

Concrete Countertop Solutions has developed an alternative countertop form that will help create cast-in-place countertops with a variety of edge styles.Concrete Countertop Solutions has developed an alternative countertop form that will help create cast-in-place countertops with a variety of edge styles. Z-Counterform reduces labor time and doesn't require any double-sided tape or drilling into kitchen cabinets.

Emily Dixon
Sep 4, 2009
A New Way to Look at Decorative Concrete in Art Galleries

Decorative concrete in art galleriesthe finished floor of this art center brings in the arts wherever applicable. The new floor was one of the major changes to the space, and it presented the perfect opportunity to showcase local talent in artists who could work with concrete. Instead of creating a neutral floor, we went for bright and vibrant. 

Nick Dancer
Feb 20, 2014
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
Salting your Concrete SlabĀ 

Hand rollers for concrete to make the appearance of a rock salt finish.To get the look, Ralston scattered rock salt here and there on the fresh pour, along with drops of retardant. After washing away the salt and retardant the next day and attacking the concrete with an acid-water solution and a wire brush, his team had the aged, corroded effect they wanted.

Amy Johnson
Oct 8, 2010
Vibrant Epoxy Floors Match this Restaurant's '50s Vibe

The Corvette Diner job involved the application of epoxy that shows off checkerboard, curve and circle patterns in black, white, bubblegum pink and turquoise.The floors at this theme restaurant are alive with eye-popping pinks, blacks and sparkles. But the story about how they were sealed is just as much of a conversation-starter.

Natasha Chilingerian
Nov 10, 2010
How to Make Epoxies for Floors Decorative

Liquid Dazzle coating by premixing the pigment with the company's epoxy resin for better consistency. The metallic additives uniquely fl ow when applied, producing a color-changing effect, according to the Westcoat Web site.Decorative epoxies for colorful garage floors burst onto the scene in the 1970s, when applicators began to saturate chemical-resistant epoxy coatings with colored vinyl chips. These floors went out of style for a while, but General Polymers director of floor coatings Lonnie Salyers says they are making a comeback, and not just in garages.

Editors
Sep 30, 2009
Concrete Contractors and Artists Inspire

Jones often tries to imitate the work of Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), a Russian-born artist and accomplished musician who many refer to as the father of abstract art.When trying to come up with designs, “Don’t be afraid to look at artwork and transfer that design onto a floor,” suggests Gary Jones of Colormaker Floors. “It can be part of a picture, as little as one square inch.”

Editors
May 4, 2005
Hot Trends: Concrete Repair & Restoration

Hot new brush for concreteAre you in decorative concrete and looking for more work? I bet you are, and if so, I have some good news. Let's listen to Dan’s auto repair business.

Doug Carlton
Sep 6, 2012
Maintaining Decorative Concrete Garage Floors

Garage floor systems can be a challenge, but they are also very rewarding projects to complete because of their dramatic results.A garage floor is one heck of a challenging place for the beautiful artwork and skillful craftsmanship of a decorative concrete application. Hot tires, oil, battery acid, brake fluid and strong coffee make daily assaults on an applicator’s masterpiece.

Mike Dawson
May 7, 2008
Stamping Mats from Concrete Artwork

Concrete Artwork Ltd released new stamping mats allowing customers to get the stamped look they wantStamping mats from Concrete Artwork won't give you the look of brick, tile or slate. Instead, they'll allow you to offer your customers eye-catching art stamped into their patio, driveway, vertical wall or walkway.

Editors
Mar 11, 2003
Sprayable Overlay Compound is Part of Stainable Concrete Veneer System

Bella Vernici's sprayable overlay compound is a crown jewel of the company's stainable concrete veneer.Bella Vernici's sprayable overlay compound is the crown jewel of the company's stainable concrete veneer system.

Editors
Dec 30, 2005
Climbing Walls Made of Concrete

RiverPlay, Skinner's Butte Park - stone column replicas standing next to a play structure in Eugene Oregon.Skinner Butte Park's 45-foot-tall basalt columns have attracted rock climbers for decades. So when the city of Eugene, Ore., decided to build Riverplay, an innovative playground in another area of the park, a replica of the columns, sized just for kids, was part of the plan.

Editors
Jan 13, 2006
Soy-based Products for Concrete: Nontoxic and Biodegradable

Soybeans are one of the oldest crops in the world, but soy-based products are new to the decorative concrete industry.The healthy choice for floors. Soybeans are one of the oldest crops in the world, but soy-based products are new to the decorative concrete industry. There are soy-based products available for every phase of a project. Should you be using them?

Loretta Hall
Feb 18, 2007
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