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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.

Follow the Duck and You'll Find Lunch

French kindergarten features concrete paths with wayfinding paw printsAs part of a public kindergarten renovation project in Villemomble, France, the town approached Eqiom Bétons to present samples of finishing possibilities for the Joseph Gallieni School’s outside pathways. And, in the end, the project turned out just ducky.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 10, 2017
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Lead Generation SaaS: A new method to find customers

Lead Generation SaaS: A new method to find customersFinding potential customers and successfully reaching them is a long and difficult process for most companies. Marketing actions businesses can take to create and build interest in a product or service make up lead-generation strategies.

Mathieu Picard
Oct 9, 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
A Colorful Transformation of a Transit Stop Using LithoMosaic Designs

Decorative concrete on a bus stop“The imagery was kind of inspired by the playfulness of the site,” Lucking says. “It’s like psychedelic cactuses, which is what Fourth Avenue is like.” They decided Lucking would execute the design in a mosaic on the pavement, and Goldlust would render it as cutouts in the station’s steel benches and partitions.

Gail Elber
Concrete Training Seminar in North Yorkshire

Students learning decorative concrete at a training center in the UK.Concrete Decor publisher Bent Mikkelsen reports on a training seminar in North Yorkshire

Bent Mikkelsen
May 7, 2005
Concrete Clad Bar Looks Like Upholstered Leather Sofa

upholstered bar sofa designAt first glance, you’d think you were looking at a distinguished upholstered bar done in a style that many attribute to a sofa designed for the fourth earl of Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope (1694-1773), that featured the now iconic buttoned leather look.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Going for a Scroll

Scrolls embellish elaborate designs in concreteNow that I’ve explained the Cartesian coordinates I can get into more elaborate design work. The theory of using the coordinates to plot points can be used anywhere in the room. It doesn’t only have to be about medallions. This is where I ask you to question what a medallion is to you.

Rick Lobdell
Sep 29, 2017
White Concrete Pavilion Complements Mexican Museum

White concrete Pavilion Complements a Mexican MansionA brilliant white concrete pavilion sits proudly on the grounds of a popular tourist destination in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. The pavilion frames three sides of a paved courtyard at La Quinta Montes Molina — a historic early-20th century mansion in Merida that now serves as a museum and venue for social events in the garden.

Vanessa Salvia
Managing Your Decorative Concrete Business for Profit

Manage Your Decorative Concrete Business for ProfitBy my estimation, nearly 80 percent of all decorative concrete businesses fail to reach full earning potential, thanks to some form of mismanagement. Don’t feel bad. This percentage elevates when we combine all other construction trades into the equation.

Doug Carlton
Dana Boyer, ConcretiZen: Turning Art Into Concrete Profit

Geometric concrete creates a 3 dimensional affect on this driveway.Boyer is the owner of ConcretiZen, based in Apache Junction, Ariz. She does it all — art pieces, driveways, pool decks, countertops, floors. She takes residential and commercial jobs, coloring, texturing, stamping, polishing, sandblasting or engraving concrete.

Christina Camara
Jun 4, 2004
How to Control the Controllable in Decorative Concrete

Taking notes about a construction job site on the hood of a truck.Surviving the Slowdown. Keeping your decorative concrete business profitable during periods of economic slowdown.

Doug Carlton
Feb 15, 2007
Compact Concrete Engraving Blade

Three 2 inch diamond blades by DCI for engraving concrete more detailed work.Bob Harris, president of the Decorative Concrete Institute in Temple, Ga., is offering an innovative product to make decorative contractors’ lives a little easier.

Editors
Oct 2, 2006
Plastic Replacement Blades for Power Trowels

Using plastic power trowel blades removes the risk of leaving steel marks on a concrete slab.Wagman plastic blades leave a hard, polished finish up to the standards of steel, but without the dark burnish marks that tend to show up when steel spins against concrete.

Editors
Nov 7, 2005
The Importance of Polymer Content in Trustworthy GFRC Mix Designs

GFRC mix designsGlass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) is a highly specialized form of concrete distinguished by a cement-rich mortar containing a very high load of alkali-resistant glass fibers. The fibers are the main ingredient responsible for producing high flexural (or bending) strengths in GFRC.

Jeffrey Girard
Broaden Your Knowledge with Concrete Techniques

Artistic concept of a faux rock mine shaft inside a mini market in Southern California.Having many techniques in your arsenal can bridge the difference between your client's vision and the reality of a project. Today's clients are more sophisticated. They expect more. Plain gray concrete is no longer good enough for them.

Richard Smith
Dec 31, 2005
Diamond Engraving Pin for Concrete that fits a Dremel

Diamond engraving bit for concrete that fits a Dremel toolThe concrete engraving pin by Star Diamond is a solid (not coated) diamond segment ¼” in diameter by 1” long diamond router on an 1/8” shank.

Editors
Feb 2, 2001
Using Re-bar to Prevent Corner Cracks in Concrete

Placing two pieces of re-bar into freshly poured concrete in areas that are known to crack.Do you know how to prevent concrete cracks in the corners of a fresh pour? Doug Bannister has a tip that just might make your day.

Editors
Jul 14, 2001
Decorative Concrete Techniques: Stencils and Acid Etching

Close up view of stencil application with Profiler from Surface Gel TekA surface-preparation product called The Profiler from Surface Gel Tek can be used to create an etched effect with stencils. In these photos, Dane Hantz of Dane Concrete Design in Prescott, Arizona, demonstrates the technique. The surface was a steel-troweled concrete floor in a home. Hantz wanted to create a 60-linear-foot border around the room.

Editors
Feb 18, 2002
Timberlake Condominiums Pool Deck, Modesto, Calif.

Condo owners in a gated community dreaded getting their pool up to snuff. Decorative concrete contractor Julio Hallack showed them they had nothing to worry about.

Loretta Hall
Dec 10, 2007
Fixes for Common Surface Color Problems

Unfortunately, complaints about how color turns out are an all-too-familiar topic of conversation. Complaints can involve but are not limited to integrally colored concrete, color-hardened concrete, stamped and textured concrete and stained concrete. People claim the wrong color, inconsistent color, blotchy color, color that is too light, color that’s too dark, and the list goes on and on. When you really think about it, it does make sense. What is the biggest difference that separates decorative concrete from regular concrete? Color!

Chris Sullivan
Aug 9, 2011
Concrete Countertop Polishing

A review of tools and methods for polishing concrete countertops.

Nick Bertram
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