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Got Concrete Slurry?

Upgrade to Lavina propane and electric concrete grinders If you're doing anything with polishing, drilling or sawing concrete these days, you're likely already using water in your processes. Those hedging on not using wet processes are staring straight at a mandate from OSHA that requires contractors to reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica.

Former Army Ranger Builds A Construction Company Employing Vets

Vet Embarks on Mission: to Build a CompanyRich Verdone is an Army Ranger veteran with five tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, but his devotion to duty and his fellow soldiers marches on here at home. He’s now on a mission to build a construction company on a foundation of the skills and dedication of U.S. military veterans.

Joe Maty
Sep 11, 2017
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Nick Dancer of Dancer Concrete Design, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Nick Dancer of Dancer Concrete Design, Fort Wayne, IndianaAs is the story with most contractors, starting a concrete business isn’t always a straight path. For Nick Dancer of Fort Wayne, Indiana, life threw a lot of obstacles in his way but it never squelched his passion.

Jacqueline Valle
Sep 1, 2017
How To Apply Glow-in-the-dark Stone in Concrete

How To Apply Glow-in-the-dark Stone in ConcreteJust when you thought you were going to install another exposed aggregate pool deck, your clients inform you they want the concrete to “glow” with stone accents. Don’t hit the panic button if you’ve never worked with a glowing medium before. Glow stones are applied in exposed aggregate finishes.

Peter Tomé
Sep 15, 2017
Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame: The 2011 Inductees

Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame 2011 Inductees

The Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame announced its first group of honorees at the 2010 Concrete Decor Show & Spring Training, in Phoenix, Ariz.  It was only fitting that the Hall of Fame welcome its 2011 inductees at the 2011 Concrete Decor Show, held last March in Nashville, Tenn.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Apr 9, 2011
Concrete Countertop Design Competition

Chief Concrete Inc., Las Vegas, Nev.2008 Concrete Countertop Design contest winners in both residential and commercial categories

Decorative Concrete Tips: Pigmenting Liquid Release for Concrete

Environmentally friendly stamped concrete pigmented color release has been used on the multicolored green concrete slab in a slate look.Liquid release agent is quickly becoming the choice of many decorative concrete contractors. With the increased demand for quicker turnarounds, cleaner job sites and environmental concerns, using liquid release agent for stamped concrete becomes an obvious choice.

Clark Branum
Mar 6, 2003
Manufacturer Profile: QC Construction Products, Madera, California

Large stamped concrete patio in front of a mammoth houseStarted in 1992 in Madera, Calif., QC Construction began life as a regional supplier of decorative concrete raw materials — colors, hardeners, release powders — to contractors in central and southern California. The company blossomed in the mid-’90s when contractors and homeowners alike discovered that there was more to concrete than mere shades of gray.

John Chandler
Oct 11, 2004
Former Intel Employee Traded Semiconductors for Concrete Stains and an Airbrush

This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils -- and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils — and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.

David Searls
May 10, 2010
Decorative Concrete Displays in Cabela's

Decorative concrete displays in Cabela's

Vanessa Salvia
How to use Color Hardeners for Coloring Concrete

Color hardeners for concrete enhance overall aesthetics.Use of various colors produce a more two dimensional (or realistic) look. They help to blend concrete to the environment or distinguish it from other construction materials.

Jul 13, 2001
10 Most-Read Blog Posts About Concrete from Concrete Decor's Website

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Shiny does not necessarily mean slippery concrete

Shiny floors that are not wet do not necessarily mean that they are slippery.At first glance, a shiny floor surface may seem to present slip-and-fall opportunity. In reality, a floor that has been ground, densified and polished can often provide a more slip-resistant floor than plain concrete.

Peter Wagner
Jan 14, 2006
How To: Prep for a Concrete Staining Job

Preparing the concrete job site is an important part of any staining or coloring project.As any decorative concrete artisan knows, staining is one of the most nuanced, finicky and unpredictable techniques in the playbook. Yes, stains offer a fantastic variety of design possibilities — just consider the difference between an acid-stained floor and a water-based stain job, for example.

Kelly O'Brien
Dec 31, 2011
Alternatives to Liquid and Powder Release for Concrete

What do dice and sea shells have in common with concrete.Liquid and powder aren't a contractor's only choices when considering release agents, and Richard Smith's contracting company seems to have explored many of the alternatives.

Feb 22, 2006
A New Process for Tilt-up Concrete Walls

Pattern-crete uses tilt-up construction up side down.Ken Tucker, a resourceful contractor solves a potential color problem with a new process -  turning tilt-up concrete panels upside down.

Amy Johnson
Apr 29, 2006
Selecting the Correct Process and Products Will Help Customers Sign Off On Jobs

best concrete repair process

David Stephenson
High-performance concrete - New formulations and systems created for concrete countertops

Restoring color in previously installed concreteBag mixes for countertops share some characteristics: They are designed to minimize cracking and shrinking, they are strong enough to be poured in thinner slabs and they are optimized for workability.

Amy Johnson
Making Maintenance an Integral Part of Your Concrete Business

Add concrete maintenance to your construction business and you will see a big return.Polished and decorative concrete floor installations accounted for only about a quarter of our business as of the start of this year. Most of our revenues were coming from cleaning, maintenance and restoration services.

Ray Wilkerson
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
Public Art: Decorative Concrete in Public Works Projects

When a city, school or government chooses to spend a little extra money on decorative concrete, it demonstrates civic pride — and makes that lobby, city pool or roadside a little easier on the eyes.

Emily Dixon
Sep 15, 2009
Border Tools and Designs

Classic Native American patterns, wild horses, tropical fish: today's border-stamp makers are living on the edge.

Sue Marquette Poremba