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Bible Museum's Dirt Floors Made with Concrete

Dirt like floors made of concrete for a Bible Museum The request from JMC: Museum Arts LLC to Sundek of Washington was an odd one. “Can you make floors that look like dirt?” JMC asked. Not dirty floors, mind you, dirt floors.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 25, 2018
Concrete Expectations: Set the Bar Properly at the Onset

A control joint in a concrete slab that has been colored integrally.Setting the bar properly for your clients on the onset ensures happier customers in the long run.

Greg Iannone
Aug 18, 2018
Designing a Basic Tile Pattern on Concrete

Rick Lobdell puts design into the concrete overlay.Now that summer is here I’m in full design mode on multiple projects that mostly involve basic tile patterns. Since I’m back in major math mode, I thought I’d share a challenging design project I did a couple of years ago for a client in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Rick Lobdell
Aug 20, 2018
Alabama Concrete Artisan Discovers The Ashby System

Concrete In-Counters, Enterprise, AlabamaTamara Gilgenast combines passion and a veteran’s discipline and attention to detail to create works of art in concrete. Though she only started her business about four years ago after discovering The Ashby System, she already has an extensive portfolio.

Vanessa Salvia
Feb 16, 2018
Where to Place Joints in Curved Concrete

Just because a slab requires control joints doesn't mean the joints have to be straight. Here's how to bend them to your will.Just because a slab requires control joints doesn't mean the joints have to be straight. Here's how to bend them to your will.

Jack Innis
Dec 3, 2007
Beat the Heat with Evaporation Retarders

Doug Carlton using evaporation retarder on a concrete slabWinning the battle with Mother Nature becomes a little challenging when the weather heats up. This is also the same time our services are in highest demand. There are ways to combat the heat and the challenges it creates, but few are profitable.

Doug Carlton
Jul 8, 2010
Add Design to Concrete Borders, Edging, Curbs and Gutters

Decorative concrete curb or edging around flower bed separates the grass from the bark mulch under the tree. A look at the possibilites for adding value to projects with decorative concrete edging, curbs, gutters and borders. Here’s a look at some of the possibilities for adding value to these projects with decorative techniques.

Gail Elber
Coloring Concrete in Winter Weather

Trees in a field surrounded by snow.There are many regions where the weather does not seem winterlike but is cold enough to affect concrete placement. This is where cold-weather placement practices become very important. Not following the rules because it does not seem that cold potentially leads to concrete that is weak and substandard.

Chris Sullivan
Dec 31, 2011
Which Concrete Countertop Casting Method is Best for the Job?

Casting concrete countertopsConcrete is a fantastic material with which to work and design. It is one of the few building materials we can create and control to suit our wants and needs. Mix design, reinforcing technique and casting method are interrelated and influence everything from performance, cost and ease of fabrication to aesthetics and transportability.

Jeffrey Girard
Jan 1, 2015
Newly Renovated J. Paul Getty Museum Features Concrete Walls and More

A wall in the J. Paul Getty museum in gray has a modern look.The primary design focus of the five year renovation of the J. Paul Getty Museum was to modernize the existing museum, which is a replica of a Roman villa buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and breath new life using decorative concrete.

Elizabeth Gillette Offensend
May 9, 2011
Successful Contractors Offer Good Customer Service

Man jumping on a graph with an upward arrow of improvement.Turning a profit in today’s construction industry is no accident. This is why it is essential — now more than ever — to practice the strong fundamentals that every successful business is built on. I witnessed a perfect example of such a business this fall and it made me rethink my effort as a decorative concrete professional.

Doug Carlton
Dec 20, 2012
Top Cast Chemical Surface Retarder for Decorative Concrete

Top Cast is a water-based, film-forming surface retarder that saves time by eliminating the need for covering the surface even when it rains.Top Cast is a water-based, film-forming surface retarder that saves time by eliminating the need for covering the surface even when it rains. The product, available in thirteen depths of etch, is designed for poured-in-place flatwork and the top surface of precast panels.

Oct 20, 2004
Concrete Stains, Let Good Looks Shine Through

Staining concrete doesn't deliver a specific color because it is a reactionary process with the concrete. Beautiful multi-color stained concrete floor in a shopping mall.A painted concrete surface is just that — an opaque painted surface. Staining doesn’t deliver a specific color because it is a reactionary process. The concrete itself actually gives you the final look. Depending on how old the concrete is and the condition it is in when you start out can make a lot of difference.

Robin Suttell
Jul 3, 2001
How To Achieve a Long-Lasting Floor: New Polyacrylate Terrazzo

This gecko is inlayed into the terrazzo floor.Terrazzo is one of the most beautiful and long-lasting floor technologies in the world. It is often found where there is high traffic (airports, malls, retail) or frequent cleaning required (hospitals, restaurants)

Amy B. Johnson
Jun 1, 2007
Exploding Demand for Concrete Countertops

Green concrete countertop on a kitchen island with a stovetop.Concrete countertops have become the rage in areas ranging from Malibu and Beverly Hills in California, to Omaha, Nebraska, and Boston, Massachusetts. From coast-to-coast these fabulous countertops are growing rapidly in popularity.

Jim Peterson
Aug 16, 2002
A Concrete Contractor Who Has Taught the Basics of Concrete Around the World

A concrete highway wall just outside of Cairo. This was the contractor's first concrete staining job (with instructions from Archambault over the phone).From Cairo to Seoul, this contractor has taught the basics of concrete around the world. Michael Archambault was more than a casual contender. Back in the '70s, before he was 25 years old, the sassy lad who grew up in San Diego had Houston by its concrete tail. He not only owned a Patterned Concrete Industries franchise but eventually bought out the mother company and served as president.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Dec 16, 2003
Concrete Countertop Design Incorporates Water Flowing Down Stairs

Round end to a sleek concrete countertop that has book stacked on it.The Saale Residence is a new construction home located in a country setting of Winfield, Missouri. All the rooms of the home reflect a consideration for the environment and use of green principles in the design and selection of products.

Oct 20, 2010
A Legacy of Giving Back at the Concrete Decor Show

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
Nov 2, 2014