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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.

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
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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
Concrete Flooring Restoration Highlights Sanctuary's Conversion

The First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, University City, MissouriBuilt in Missouri in 1927, the First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis’ sanctuary was recently renovated to modernize its look and feel, while preserving its historic Gothic style. Improvements to the sanctuary’s floor, specifically two rectangular sections under the pews, were vital to this upgrade. 

Erik Pisor
Jul 24, 2017
Whiteboard Videos Draw Attention to Your Message

White Board Video infographic, marketing & business development for the concrete contractor.If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a video worth?

Lindsay Chelf
Decorative Concrete in Colorado: Trends Near and Far

decorative concrete trends

Karen Van Heukelem
Brilliant New Concrete Color from QC Construction Products

QC Cemtint can be used on concrete, brick, plaster, porous limestone, Mexican tile and gypsum products.Here’s a design truth retailers understand: before customers make the decision to purchase, they make the decision to enter the store. This showroom floor has proven irresistible to shoppers, with show-stopping color from QC Construction Products.

Editors
Apr 1, 2002
Selling Solutions, Not Just Concrete Products: Southern Color

The fast-paced growth of the decorative concrete industry is keeping all manufacturers on a continual search for better products. Southern Color keeps at the top of its game by holding monthly training sessions not only to teach distributors about the products, but also to find out how they can be improved.Southern Color, recently bought by Rockwood Pigments, continues its tradition of customer service while it expands nationwide.

Christina Camara
Dec 22, 2004
How to Officially Test Slump in Concrete

For practical purposes, most seasoned contractors can tell if the slump is right when they see the concrete coming down the chute.Most decorative concrete contractors don’t conduct standardized tests when pouring driveways, pool decks or the like. For practical purposes, most seasoned contractors can tell if the slump is right when they see the concrete coming down the chute. Learn how to get official results the easy way.

Editors
Oct 9, 2004
Coloring Techniques for Stenciled Concrete

Copper color used in a eastern medallion gives this circle pattern high shine.Stenciling and coloring go hand-in-hand to create works of art in concrete. Acid- or water-based stains are the most widely used — and most versatile — materials for coloring stenciled projects. Acid stains tend to produce muted, earthy colors, while water-based stains are available in brighter, more vibrant colors.

Amy Johnson
Dec 15, 2005
Soy-based Concrete Stains

Swirls and spins painted onto a concrete floor using environmentally friendly soy-based concrete stains.Using soy-based materials to strip, stain and seal concrete can be about as healthy as it gets. Concrete artisan Dana Boyer is selling the soy-based line through her concrete contracting outfit, Concretizen. Developed by friends of hers at New Century Coatings and sold by several "private label" resellers, the products have been personalized by Boyer to fit her vision.

Editors
Feb 23, 2006
Helping a Nonprofit Make a Great First Impression

Jason Geiser
Apr 16, 2013
Health with Safety Precautions While Working with Dry Portland Cement

Protect yourself when working with concrete related products such as color hardener, concrete sealers, concrete pigments, silica dust.Masks, gloves and goggles protect your body from the damaging effects of concrete dust and chemicals used in beautifying concrete.

Bruce Hackett
Dec 19, 2003
Concrete Books Line the Walls at Amazon.com Headquarters

Rows and rows of simulated shelved books crafted from glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC)Rows and rows of simulated shelved books crafted from glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) line 1,500-plus square feet of the first-floor entrance and corridors, reflecting the Web-based megaretailer’s humble beginning as an online bookstore.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Feb 19, 2012
A Metallic Epoxy Concrete Floor in a Michigan Art Gallery

Metallic Epoxy Concrete Floor

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Artisan in Concrete: Greg Hyde Hryniewicz, Hyde Concrete

Annapolis, Md.

Kelly O'Brien
Apr 19, 2012
Close Encounter with Concrete: Michael Littlefield, Mélange Studio

Exposed gears on the side of a concrete side table with exposed aggregate.Once 5-year-old Michael Littlefield touched uncured concrete, he couldn't keep his hands off it. Today, his obsession is his livelihood.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jun 2, 2007
Water Repellent Concrete Sealer & Stain

Enliven Exterior concrete with brilliant color and lasting protection.Enliven exterior concrete with brilliant color and lasting protection with Acryl Pen, a premier stain and sealer for broom-finished or textured concrete.

Editors
Jun 1, 2001
Concrete Charlotte: Charlotte Convention Center Light-Rail Tracks

Like any commercial building, the Charlotte Convention Center has a set of emergency exits that lead to the outside. However, the Convention Center had a unique problem in that its doors led towards the tracks for the Charlotte Light Rail.Like any commercial building, the Charlotte Convention Center has a set of emergency exits that lead to the outside. However, the Convention Center had a unique problem in that its doors led towards the tracks for the Charlotte Light Rail.

Emily Dixon
Feb 27, 2013
Celestial Heights Parking Garage, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Hong Kong is home to what is billed as the largest quarter-inch stamping job in the world — 600,000 square feet of lines, arrows, and numbers that help condo dwellers park in style.

Natasha Chilingerian
Nov 11, 2009
Great Countertops

Our magazine salutes some of the world’s best work in this hot interior design trend.

Rob Spiegel
Feb 13, 2008
the concretist: Staining Was Never Easy, But Now It's Complicated

I was once a much younger concretist, really impetuous and passionate. I was working for L.M. Scofield Co., and as my wife told me, I worked way too much. So she left me. To be more accurate, she left me in charge of the kids for 10 days while she and her best girlfriend toured a bit of England and Scotland.

Michael Miller
Feb 11, 2011
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