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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.

20-foot carved concrete fireplace stands out in 2017 Parade of Homes

A Matter of the HearthWhen Troy Lemon the concrete sculptor met up with Troy Wolfiss the home builder, a fireplace of great proportions ensued. Wolfiss, owner of Artisan Craft Homes, busily designed his new home which would be part of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids’ Spring Parade of Homes.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Nov 3, 2017
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How to design scrollwork for a sprawling concrete patio

Scrolling Through a PatioFor the first time in this series, I’m basing my article on a current job I just finished. In the last one, I introduced scrollwork as a design element. I was still focused on symmetry and using scrollwork as a larger medallion in a room.

Rick Lobdell
Oct 27, 2017
Lead Generation SaaS: A new method to find customers

Lead Generation SaaS: A new method to find customersFinding potential customers and successfully reaching them is a long and difficult process for most companies. Marketing actions businesses can take to create and build interest in a product or service make up lead-generation strategies.

Mathieu Picard
Oct 9, 2017
Better Bridges

Most bridges are built to be purely functional, but functional doesn’t have to mean boring. Decorative concrete contractors have played a key role in some recent artistically striking bridge construction projects. Using materials that add character and can withstand exposure to the outdoors, contractors are transforming concrete bridge decks and support structures from dull and gray to eye-catching.

Natasha Chilingerian
Aug 9, 2011
Exposed Aggregate Meets Imprinted Colored Concrete in a Waterfront Walkway

Concrete stamping mat or concrete imprinting mat with images of seashells and sea creaturesThe decorative surface was going to be troweled and stained. But after Brock was hired, he made another suggestion: a stamping job instead, using the Coquina Stone With Sea Shells feathered texture mat from Proline Stamps. Impressions of shells, sea horses and assorted sea life would improve traction and complement the seaside setting.

John Strieder
A Collaborative, Driven Company: Lonestar Concrete Systems

Stair steps made of two color variations of concrete.It’s hard to picture a slow day at Lonestar Concrete Systems — the decorative concrete installation company completes an average of 2,500 projects per year, has anywhere from 70 to 100 projects going at all times and works regularly for big-name clients.

Natasha Chilingerian
Oct 9, 2011
Saw Kart from Engrave-A-Crete

Saw kart from engrave-a-crete makes clean lines From the guys who claim several world titles, including the “World’s #1 Manufacturer of Decorative Concrete Cutting Equipment,” comes this innovative accessory called SawKart.

Dec 7, 2001
Four Ways to Grow Your Decorative Concrete Business While Staying Solvent

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David Stephenson
The Journey Home: A legacy of giving back at the Presbyterian Night Shelter

Imprinted concrete and inlayed graphicsA crew of trainers and the people who signed up to take their workshops transformed much of the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth, Texas.

Vanessa Salvia
Dec 2, 2014
Get the Best Results with Concrete Admixtures

The culprit in each of these nightmare scenarios is an admixture improperly used. Of course, admixtures are intended to enhance the installation and/or performance of a finished project and in the vast majority of cases they do.Have you had this happen to your concrete stamping job?

Amy Johnson
Nov 26, 2006
Paradise Springs at Gaylord Texan Resort

During a hot summer in northern Texas, a cool dip in a pool or ride down a water slide can be the perfect remedy, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Paradise Springs, a new water park that opened for the 2011 summer season at the Gaylord Texan, a Grapevine, Texas, resort owned by luxury hospitality chain Gaylord Hotels.

Natasha Chilingerian
Oct 9, 2011
Manufacturer Profile: Solomon Colors

Concrete steps colored with Solomon Colors poroductsSolomon Colors is the largest U.S.-owned producer of iron oxide pigments. Based in Springfield, Ill., the company got its start in the 1920s. Robert C. Solomon, the operator of the Panther Creek Coal Mine Co., decided that the black, carboniferous slate that lies above the coal seams would make a good color by-product.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Dec 10, 2001
Revamping the Pool Deck at the White House

Delays were par for the course, Krach says. Besides the helicopter encounter, he and his crew had to clear the way so Vice President Joe Biden could accompany a disabled veterans' bicycle-racing group on a tour and again so the first lady could work in the garden.When your country calls you to do a job, how much should you charge? That was the predicament Dick Krach, CEO of Sundek of Washington, came face to face with when his secretary fielded a call from someone at a “white house” concerning a pool deck that needed repair and some sprucing up. 

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jun 5, 2012
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.

Sep 2, 2005
Accurate Project Records Today Get You Work Tomorrow

Doug Carlton
Jan 24, 2013
Bon Tool Concrete Countertop Edge Forms offer Natural Look

A unique and natural looking edge for for concrete countertops.If you’re looking to give your concrete countertop a natural edge, look no further than two new texture edge forms from Bon Tool Co. The forms, one stone and one seashell, were introduced in January. Both give a unique, natural-looking texture to the side of a bathroom or kitchen countertop.

May 9, 2005
Using Concrete Texture Skins to Increase Your Profit

Textured concrete mimics the look of the real stone on the edge of a concrete path. The green fern enhances the two tone brown of the walkway.Planned carefully, skins will make your job a distinguished work of art. New-and profitable-tricks can be learned by old dogs, including concrete and contractors. Texture skins and color release chemicals are changing the look of concrete.

Dave Cagle
Jul 2, 2001
Planning Your First Hardscape?

Installing a concrete hardscape

Doug Carlton
Technology: Recycled Glass Aggregate

From crushed liquor bottles to melted bits and jelly beans, aggregate made from recycled glass is making artisans see green.

David Thompson
Sep 15, 2009
The Brick on Trosper, Tumwater, Wash.

A job that began with a mere 80 square feet of overlay snowballed into a decorative concrete transformation — complete with faux hollow tree — for this restaurant and bar.

Mike Dawson
Mar 12, 2008
The Allure and the Reality of Polishing Concrete

If World of Concrete 2011 was any indication, the polished concrete market will again see substantial growth in the coming year. It has become pretty clear that polished concrete is the hot market in decorative concrete right now. There was no shortage of equipment and chemical manufacturers touting the latest and greatest at the show, with each making a case for why their system was the best option on the market.

Chris Sullivan
Feb 11, 2011