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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.

Editors
Jul 10, 2018
Artisans in Tennessee Carve Concrete Trees for Cabins

Cute concrete cabinAmerican Patriot Getaways in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is one of the companies that rents cabins to vacationers who want to stay in “tree houses” in the Smoky Mountains.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 12, 2018
Keeping Integral Colored Concrete Consistent

Broom finished concrete driveway.Placing and finishing concrete to maximize the visual appeal of integral coloring starts at the bottom — with a well-draining, compacted aggregate and consistent subgrade. It’s well worth the time and effort to get it right and give decorative concrete a great start to standing up to the elements.

Steve Johnson
Jul 13, 2018
Putting a New Stamp on Concrete

Rope stamp by butterfield color placed on integrally colored concrete.A number of new technological innovations give today’s contractors more choices when they’re looking to make an impression.

Matt Robinson
Feb 13, 2008
Virginia's Amazing Greystone Masonry Showroom

Luisa is the senior sales representative and Dan is president at Greystone Masonry, the company they founded 18 years ago. The Dittmanns have enjoyed a high level of success, doing a lot of work for increasingly sophisticated homeowners and for the many government facilities in their region of the country.Luisa is the senior sales representative and Dan is president at Greystone Masonry, the company they founded 18 years ago. The Dittmanns have enjoyed a high level of success, doing a lot of work for increasingly sophisticated homeowners and for the many government facilities in their region of the country.

Vanessa Salvia
The Chemistries That Help You Polish Concrete

Test tubes for chemistry in a jar with a blue background behind it.Historically, chemistry for polished concrete consisted only of a hardener-densifier, and it was often viewed as an added expense with an unknown benefit. The times are changing.

Currently, we can identify nine unique categories of chemical accessories for polished concrete.

Jennifer A. Faller
Apr 16, 2013
Family Christian Center Upgrades to Polished Concrete

The new worship center at the Family Christian Center in Clermont, Fla.┬áisn't your grandfather's church. It boasts sleek lines and contemporary design.The new worship center at the Family Christian Center in Clermont, Fla. isn’t your grandfather’s church. It boasts sleek lines and contemporary design.

Ted Uram
Feb 19, 2012
Take Another Look at Form Liners for Concrete

Form liners are essentially molds for giving texture and design to vertical concrete surfaces.As an old technology finds new applications, walls take on shape and texture.

Amy Johnson
Apr 28, 2006
Sparkle Grain System for Eye-Catching Concrete

sparkle grain concrete is used to take concrete to the next levelThe Sparkle Grain System is an eye-catching, black sparkle concrete finish that can be applied with color hardeners or by itself.It aids with slip resistance and is designed for sidewalks, driveways, ramps, public buildings, wineries, schools, etc., to name a few.

Photo Courtesy of Ralston Concrete

Editors
Aug 22, 2002
Giving Back to Veterans One Concrete Table at a Time

After serving in Vietnam during 1967 and 1968, Rick Ogden lost contact with nearly all of his fellow soldiers.“It’s nice … to reacquaint with and meet guys I didn’t know that had an equal or similar experience,” he says. “It has been a soul-fulfi lling deal for me. In taking these tables to these very real combat heroes."

Editors
May 13, 2009
Nashville Nightclub Receives Decorative Coating Makeover

Overlay floor in blues and maroon in Nashville, Tenn.The historical structure that now houses the Nashville Dinner Theatre has always attracted attention. During Prohibition times, people slyly used a tunnel in the building to transport alcohol to area nightclubs. Today, it attracts crowds for its dinner shows and performances by local vocalists.

Natasha Chilingerian
Feb 18, 2011
A White Concrete Extension of Precast Panels

precast concrete extension on top of building A white concrete extension of precast panels added onto an apartment in the city of Innsbruck, Austria, has revitalized a century-old building. 

Vanessa Salvia
Concrete Troubleshooting Stories That Make You Go Hmmm

Putting the pieces of the puzzle together.It's that time of year again - the time when I review the hundreds of questions and situations I dealt with in 2010 looking for those special few that made me pause and just think, "Really?"

Chris Sullivan
Nov 10, 2010
Concrete Sealers At-A-Glance

Comparing concrete sealers - man spraying concrete sealer onto a basement floor that has been stained with acid stain.Characteristics of concrete sealers vary depending on the specific formulation, but typically the following applies to these most commonly used concrete sealers:

Editors
Jun 1, 2003
Decorative Concrete Tips: Creating Images with Dyes Prior to Acid Staining

How to create an image in concrete with dye and then use an acrylic stain over the image.Using traditional materials create a one of a kind masterpiece.

Victor Pachade
Jan 1, 2005
Eye-catching Concrete Bridge Designs

Beautiful faux brick concrete bridge 195th Street Bridge -- Farmington, Minn.Most bridges are built to be purely functional, but functional doesn’t have to mean boring. Decorative concrete contractors have played a key role in some recent artistically striking bridge construction projects. Using materials that add character and can withstand exposure to the outdoors, contractors are transforming concrete bridges.

Natasha Chilingerian
Aug 12, 2011
Henry Mercer's Concrete Castles Instruct, Inspire and Amaze

Henry Mercer's concrete castle in PennsylvaniaDescribing Henry Chapman Mercer’s home, Fonthill, as a castle may be a misnomer. There is no surrounding wall or moat to keep out the unruly peasants or faraway invaders. Nonetheless, Fonthill is so full of treasures — of every conceivable kind — that anything less than “castle” seems inappropriate.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Aug 18, 2002
Recipe: Antiquing a Stamped Overlay

This method is a quick, consistent and effective way to achieve a beautiful antiqued look with Miracote products.Antiquing stampable overlays is taken for granted these days. However, there are many ways to achieve this effect. This method is a quick, consistent and effective way to achieve a beautiful antiqued look with Miracote products.

Editors
May 5, 2008
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