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Things to Know About Alkali-Silica Reaction

Under certain conditions the silica in glass and other reactive aggregates such as silica sand, granite and olivine react with the calcium hydroxide in portland cement and form a siliceous gel.One of the glitches of combining glass aggregate with portland cement is that the combination may trigger alkali-silica reaction (ASR).

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 10, 2018
Glass Aggregates Dress Up Concrete Slabs

Glass aggregates vary in size from 00 (double zero), which measure 1/32 inch to 1/16 inch and smaller, and increase in small increments around 1/8 inch give or take (0, 1, 2 and 3) until the size reaches 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch (4-7).One way to add color to an existing or new slab is to add a touch of glass — or more if you want to make a bolder statement.

Jul 10, 2018
Here's the Inside Scoop on Integral Color for Concrete

Pigment sample scoops for concreteGreg Hurst still recalls the first time he used integral color for a concrete installation project. It was 2010 and the founder/owner of Alabama Decorative Concrete in Birmingham had been hired to install a 12,000-square-foot driveway that would be stamped throughout.

Erin Ansley
Jul 3, 2018
How to Evaluate a Floor Before a Polished Concrete Bid

There are ways to evaluate a floor for polishing before quoting it. You will need to develop benchmarks There are ways to evaluate a floor for polishing before quoting it. You will need to develop benchmarks (on test floors you’re currently polishing) before you can accurately predict how a future floor will polish and what densifier to use on the floor.

Oct 12, 2012
New Surface Treatment Formulated to Keep Ground Cool

Solachrome logoAs part of its effort to improve the environment through green product offerings, L.M. Scofield Co. has developed Solachrome Integral Coloring Treatment for High-SRI Concrete.

Emily Dixon
Nov 11, 2009
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
Gypsum Underlayment for Floors - Durable, Lightweight, Fire-Resistant, and Sound Rated

Gypsum floor underlayment is an economical way to achieve durable, lightweight, fire-resistant and sound-rated floors.Due to its unique set of performance and installation benefits, the use of gypsum underlayment is growing rapidly in all facets of commercial and industrial construction.

Dec 1, 2002
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.

Jan 25, 2006
Aurora Epoxy Dust for Metallic Look from McKinnon Materials Inc.

Aurora Epoxy Dust is a powdered nanopigment that can be mixed into 100 percent solids epoxy. It is available in 12 standard colors.Pearlescent metallic effects are the latest hot trend in epoxies, and Aurora Epoxy Dust from McKinnon Materials Inc. is the most recent product to join the 3-D party.

Aurora Epoxy Dust is a powdered “nanopigment” that can be mixed into 100 percent solids epoxy. It is available in 12 standard colors.

Oct 9, 2011
Polished Concrete Industry is not Sheltered from the Effects of Politics

Competitive pricing has forced this reality on most manufacturers to maintain their market share and stay relevant.As a consultant who works with contractors and manufacturers alike, I sometimes see things that aren’t typically discussed that I feel are important to share. So I’m going to attempt to tie together the various strings of thought on tax updates and how these will affect our industry specifically.

David Stephenson
Apr 11, 2017
A Mountaintop Concrete Countertop

Concrete countertop with the emblem of emergency response.We asked Lynda Apple of InConcrete Custom Countertops and Design Elements if the precast tabletop her Flagstaff, Ariz., outfi t produced for a ski patrol shack was the highest decorative concrete installation in America. Boy, did we get a response.

Nov 8, 2008
Reflecting on Polished Concrete and How To Continue Improving Your Skills

A person climbing steps- looking to get better with every lesson and every job.We're good, but we're not perfect. Once we start thinking that we know everything, or that polished concrete is right for every situation, then we are in trouble. In this economy, we cannot afford a single misstep. Now is the time to focus on running a business correctly, and that includes being aboveboard and ethical in dealings with our customers and vendors.

Peter Wagner, CSI
Feb 13, 2009
How to Seal Concrete for a Uniform Appearance

Sealing concrete with a consistent coverage is important for the overall finish of the decorative concrete project.This issue of blotchy and inconsistent color and gloss created by a sealer is not that uncommon. There are multiple factors that can create this appearance, but the two most common are application — how the sealer was applied — and surface — what the sealer is being applied to in regard to density and porosity.

Chris Sullivan
Mar 5, 2017
Selecting the Correct Process and Products Will Help Customers Sign Off On Jobs

best concrete repair processRepairs are always tricky. The idea is to get them done as quickly as possible with a remedy the customer will buy. By selecting the correct process and products, you can control how long the repairs will take to complete. Customers’ willingness to accept repairs is determined by understanding their expectations and letting them know early on if their goals are achievable.

David Stephenson
Concrete Saw Cut Artistry - Precision is paramount

Game of Millimeters: Precision is paramountIt’s a game of inches. That’s the cliché heard about baseball, and often about other sports as well. And why not? It’s a saying that rings true and also applies to decorative concrete and polished concrete, where precision matters down to the millimeter, let alone the inch.

Joe Maty
Sep 1, 2017
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.  

Feb 12, 2001
How to Make Your Concrete Ready-Mix Supplier Part of Your Team

Construction crew pouring integral colored / pigmented red concrete into a sidewalk form.Contractors, subcontractors and suppliers can sometimes be put in adversarial roles. Because of the low-bid mentality that still dominates most construction sectors in the United States, trust is not always what it should be.

Vance Pool
Oct 21, 2012
Concrete Contractor Delivers Through Harsh Weather Conditions

Extruded polystyrene tubing was placed in this roof top plaza surrounding the radiant heating tubes.Through snow, rain sleet and hail, this Cleveland contractor still delivered.

David Thompson
Apr 10, 2005