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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.

20-foot carved concrete fireplace stands out in 2017 Parade of Homes

A Matter of the HearthWhen Troy Lemon the concrete sculptor met up with Troy Wolfiss the home builder, a fireplace of great proportions ensued. Wolfiss, owner of Artisan Craft Homes, busily designed his new home which would be part of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids’ Spring Parade of Homes.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Nov 3, 2017
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Match the Mix with the Right Equipment

Match the Mix with the Right EquipmentToo often mixing decorative overlays becomes an afterthought or path of least resistance process. This is the drill and paddle I have used for years, so it must be OK. Worse yet, and I am guilty of this, those of us on the training and manufacturing side default to whatever mixer is provided when we show up for a product demonstration.

Chris Sullivan
Oct 27, 2017
How to avoid pitfalls when polishing concrete floors in retail facilities

How to avoid pitfalls when polishing concrete floors in retail facilitiesAccording to the news, retail brick-and-mortar facilities are declining at a rapid rate. While I agree 100 percent that internet sales are impacting sales at traditional stores, this market segment is still relevant. And when it comes to polished concrete at retail establishments, business is still booming.

David Stephenson
Nov 5, 2017
The Amazing Vince Schrementi of Everlast Concrete

Circular concrete bar top with metal and sea shells embedded and ground down.Seamless has been coating floors since 1939. Now the company has taken a decorative direction.

John Strieder
Feb 9, 2006
Manufacturer Profile: Custom Rock International

Concrete in Cabela's stores has become a trademark.When decorative concrete is mentioned, typically we’re referring to the booming market in flat concrete — floors, driveways, pool decks, even countertops. However, there are additional, more specialized niches in the decorative concrete arena: simulated rock formations, typically found in zoos, theme parks and resorts; and textured and colored concrete walls, bridges, tunnel portals and other vertical surfaces, found in dozens of applications.

Bruce Hackett
Aug 21, 2002
Joints: Control Your Concrete Cracks

After determining how far apart you should place the concrete control joints, how deep should you cut them? Well, that all depends on whom you ask.Tips for mastering the art of joint placement in a concrete slab.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 4, 2006
Architectural Concrete Stands Tall

Wasserman Building architectural concrete

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
It's Architectural Concrete, but is it Appealing?

Decorative concrete Perot Museum Dallas - Whether you love it or hate it, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas is a building that can't be ignored.Whether you love it or hate it, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas is a building that can’t be ignored.

Vanessa Salvia
Aug 5, 2016
Nine Novice Stamping Mistakes

How to avoid common mistakes in concrete stamping and how to fix them, Stone look stamped concrete patio looks terrible.

Novice stampers are prone to making a few common mistakes. Some have to do with planning the job. Others have to do with misunderstanding the materials, while still others are simply a lack of familiarity with manipulating stamps and skins. Here’s an opportunity to learn the easy way.

Gail Elber
Memorializing 9/11 with an Engraved Concrete Map

The simple yet powerful design of this memorial included the piece of wreckage from the World Trade Center and a map of the Northeast coastline of the United States on concrete pavement that approaches the tattered beam. The map identifies the coastline and the three crash sites of that dreadful date.The simple yet powerful design of this memorial included the piece of wreckage from the World Trade Center and a map of the Northeast coastline of the United States on concrete pavement that approaches the tattered beam. The map identifies the coastline and the three crash sites of that dreadful date.

Karen Van Heukelem
Oct 21, 2012
ConcreteNetwork.com: Everything You Wanted to Know About Concrete, But Didn't Know Who To Ask

concrete network websiteBack in 1999 when Jim Peterson was attending his umpteenth World of Concrete showcase, he was intrigued with the array of new concrete-related products that he saw in Las Vegas. Yet he was even more amazed that there wasn’t a central clearinghouse that building industry types could tap into to learn more about these new products and techniques once the show was over.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 3, 2002
Gore Design Co. Countertop and Sink Molds

Brand Gore modular sink mold When asked how Gore Design Co.'s two (and soon to be three) integral sink molds set themselves apart in the marketplace, Gore Design principal Brandon J. Gore says it's a matter of timeliness.

Editors
Jan 23, 2006
How Spirit Stone Merged Concrete and Art

spirit stone leaf pendantsFor a man who’s been into concrete as far back as he can remember, the business has changed a lot since he ran Carl Concrete Construction in Greensboro, North Carolina. Now co-owner of Spirit Stone, Bill Carl has moved away from the traditional uses of concrete to its more artistic side.

Jacqueline Valle
Planning Your First Hardscape?

Installing a concrete hardscape

Doug Carlton
Manufacturer Profile: Miracote

Koi pond installed in the Phoenix Children's Museum as part of Concrete Decor Show using Miracote productsThe Miracote story began in the 1930s, when Jack Crossfield developed a way to create coatings that combine natural latex with hydrating cement. Charles Watt and Howard Patch acquired the rights to Crossfield’s patent and, in 1938, established Crossfield Products Corp.

John Strieder
Aug 20, 2003
Concrete Charlotte: Discovery Place

Surely you've heard the phrase Surely you’ve heard the phrase “concrete jungle,” but what about concrete in the jungle? In this case, the jungle is the Rainforest Habitat at Discovery Place, in uptown Charlotte. The exhibit boasts wildlife ranging from birds and reptiles to vegetation such as palms and epiphytes.

Emily Dixon
Feb 27, 2013
The Right Mixer and Paddle Can Be The Pairing for Success

The right mixer and paddle can be the pairing for success. Just as a good cook knows when to use a stand mixer with bread hooks and when to get out the hand mixer with a whip, there are a mixer — and a paddle or blade design — for just about every size job in the decorative concrete industry, as well.

K. Schipper
Manufacturer Profile: Rafco Products, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Laying down ornate stencils on a concrete surfaceIn 1971, Robert Freis was working as a buyer for a California building supply company when a customer asked to buy a set of aluminum stamps for a concrete design application.

Bruce Hackett
Aug 8, 2004
Orange-Crete Decorative Concrete Brushes from Riviera Brush Co.

Riviera Brush Co. has been a leader in the concrete brush industry since 1989. They started out by developing their line of Orange-Crete wash brushes for the ready-mix industry. The brushes were designed to stand up to the harsh conditions inherent to the industry — lime, abrasives, muriatic acid and other cleaning agents. They were ideal for cleaning trucks and equipment.

Editors
Feb 11, 2011
Take your best shot!

Contractors are using this application technology to pull the trigger on all kinds of creative projects.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Dressed to Tilt

How the decorative concrete revolution is starting to push tilt-up walls into the 21st century.

Kelly O'Brien
Dec 18, 2008
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