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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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Cordless Tools Are A Must-Have On A Concrete Job Site

Cut the CordIf you’ve been ogling the new cordless tools but think they’re just for the do-it-yourself crowd, or wonder if they’d stand up to a full day’s work on a hot — or frigid — job site, it’s time to take another look. 

K. Schipper
Jul 28, 2017
For Outdoor Rooms, Consumer Tastes Extend Beyond the Basics

Consumer tastes extend beyond the basicsConcrete patios and pool decks have long set a standard for basic backyards. But today’s consumers want much more than the basics and the industry is complying. Due to more efficient tools and techniques, complex designs can be installed quicker, easier and at a fraction of the cost.

Vanessa Salvia
Jul 31, 2017
Opaque Epoxy Coatings for Concrete Floors

Roll out epoxy floor coatings in your garage adding a bit of fun with mica chips.Sometimes paint is simply the best choice for a concrete floor.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 6, 2006
Tips for Buying and Maintaining Concrete Stamping Tools

Close-up of a red stamp matContractors and manufacturers share tips for buying and maintaining these essential tools.

John Strieder
Mar 4, 2003
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Polished Concrete

Polished concrete is LEED certified due to many of its environmental benefits.Although LEED credits aren’t yet available for polished concrete, it’s “green” as can be.

Peter Wagner
Nov 23, 2005
Basics of Concrete Overlays

Applying concrete overlay to existing surface for a decorative look.After the existing substrate is properly cleaned and prepared, apply a self-leveling overlay. If desired saw cut, "grout lines" into the concrete overlay. Apply the your choice of stain. Remove excess stain and neutralize the surface before sealing it. 

Editors
Feb 1, 2001
Using a Color Wheel for Your Concrete Work

using a Color Wheel for Your Concrete Work

There is a famous paperback called “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. Many writers treasure it as a guide to writing clearly and succinctly while avoiding common grammatical errors. The handbook itself is a model of clarity.

Gaye Goodman
Benefits of Snow Melt Systems and Radiant Heat for Concrete

Putting radiant heat coils into concrete is a great way to beat the winter snow blues.There is a way to rein in the nuisance of dealing with snow and ice: by melting it away! Snow shovels, plows, blowers, salts and other chemicals… not required. By introducing your clients to this technology, you can help them have a stress-free, accident-free winter.

John Vastyan
Nov 4, 2003
Additional "Tools" for the Concrete Faux Rock Trade

Best tools for concrete faux rocksIn general, if you work with concrete now, you likely have the tools you’ll need to create synthetic rocks, but here are a few items that might make the job a little easier.

Editors
Aug 18, 2002
Quick Release Block Forms for Creating Concrete Landscape Blocks

Creating large landscape blocks has never been easier, create V-Interlock, Landscape, Mid-size landscape and knob style blocks is easier with the quick release tool.Quick Release Block Forms for creating large landscape concrete blocks are available in a variety of sizes. Liners can create various rock and stone patterns and last for a minimum of 100+ uses under normal conditions

Editors
Oct 8, 2001
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
Repairing Concrete Cracks by Making Them A Part of Your Design

SawTec saw and vacuum combination creates an easy way to chase cracks on a concrete slab.Repairing cracks properly is one thing, making them a part of your design concept is becoming a popular alternative.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Oct 4, 2001
Solving Color Problems in Concrete

Concrete Color repair how toColored concrete is beautiful, but laying it down can be an ugly business. So many things can go wrong — the weather turns, supplies run out unexpectedly, batches of cement vary in shade. Getting decent results often means spending hours or days compensating for circumstance.

John Strieder
Jan 5, 2005
Slip Stone Extruded Wall System

The new Slip Stone System works to enhance extruded form wall applications much more efficiently.Rolling Along! Slip Stone System Enhances Extruded Walls. For extruded form wall applications, decorative concrete is no longer a stranger.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Oct 7, 2001
Lafarge North America Artevia Decorative Concrete

Artevia Polish with white cement succeded in highlighting the aesthetic white desired by the artist for this fashion cathedral.Lafarge North America is putting some color in its catalog with its new line of Artevia colored concrete.

Editors
Mar 7, 2005
Eye-catching Countertop Projects -- The Trout Sink

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Using Stencils on Outdoor Vertical Surfaces

Whether you're working on a decorative wall in a backyard or the exterior walls of a 15-story building, consider stencils for vertical surfaces.Whether you're working on a decorative wall in a backyard or the exterior walls of a 15-story building, consider stencils for vertical surfaces.

John Strieder
Aug 29, 2006
Cheng Design Awards

Concrete countertop guru Fu-Tung Cheng saluted his latest group of top proteges at January's World of Concrete.

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Artisan in Concrete: Klassen Concrete, Winnipeg, Manitoba

From quirky flights of fancy to classic looks, this Canadian contractor can handle it all even landscaping.

Christina Camara
Feb 13, 2009
Artisan in Concrete: PBC Companies, Brea, Calif.

One of the largest decorative concrete companies in the country is still finding plenty of room to grow.

David Searls
Dec 18, 2008
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