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Here's the Inside Scoop on Integral Color for Concrete

Pigment sample scoops for concreteGreg Hurst still recalls the first time he used integral color for a concrete installation project. It was 2010 and the founder/owner of Alabama Decorative Concrete in Birmingham had been hired to install a 12,000-square-foot driveway that would be stamped throughout.

Erin Ansley
Jul 3, 2018
How Much Color Should I Use in My Concrete?

Solomon integrally colored samples showing color loading.Integral colors are calculated by loadings based on total cementitious materials used per yard of concrete. Common loadings are 1 percent, 2 percent, 3 percent and 4 percent.

Steve Johnson
Jul 5, 2018
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
New Ways to Sell Decorative Concrete

A sealed pool deck can be sold to a customer with a proper explanation of the process and outcome.As adults we learn to communicate using our words when we want and need something. The use of certain words can change the entire intention of what someone is trying to say. For those who sell and install decorative concrete, when was the last time you thought about how words influence your client's thought process regarding their decision to buy your products or services?

Chris Sullivan
Apr 9, 2010
Knowing When and Why to Say No to Clients

three older men discussing a serious matter concerning concreteAt first, everything seemed perfect as my salesman and I finished setting up our booth for the annual home design and remodeling show in Visalia, Calif. Our exhibit location was ideal, our stamp and stain samples strategically located. The weekend crowd was near maximum capacity and everything seemed ripe for booking plenty of new accounts.

Doug Carlton
Aug 3, 2013
Recognize and Respect the Value of a Good Concrete Worker

Keep a good concrete crew going - Between the money you dole out each week on wages, payroll taxes, insurance and worker's comp, you spend more on employees than all your other assets combined. Even though this is a fact, most contractors have a hard time recognizing employees as assets. Why is this and how can you remedy that situation?Between the money you dole out each week on wages, payroll taxes, insurance and worker’s comp, you spend more on employees than all your other assets combined. Even though this is a fact, most contractors have a hard time recognizing employees as assets. Why is this and how can you remedy that situation?

David Stephenson
How an Elegant Radius Staircase Was Created Step by Step

Radial steps leading up to a massive mansion.A play by play on an exquisite set of radius steps that was connected to a 3,000 square foot veranda outside a 21,000 square foot home.

Bart Sacco
Feb 12, 2002
Decorative Concrete Tips: Creating Leaf Impressions

Close up of a leave impression on concrete that is sure to wow your customers.Wow your clients with a work of art by using nature to imprint your concrete.

Debra Tash
Sep 21, 2002
Paper Stencils are a Popular Choice For Fresh Concrete Applications

Stenciled concrete on a pool deckPlastic stencils are generally designed for renovation work, such as overlay or spray applications and they are difficult to float in new concrete applications, This is why paper stencils are often the choice for fresh concrete pours.

Editors
Jun 1, 2004
Net Benefit and Increasing Your Value to Customers

Valuable products get your customers to see thatYour product is valuable. You know it. You hope your customers know it. But how can you be sure? How can you ensure that your product benefits your customers and, in so doing, benefits your company?
 

Jacob Webb
Feb 19, 2012
Communicating Standards Through Industry Specifications

Writing on parchment with two pencils and an eraser.Too often we take the written word as gospel, but is that truly smart? Do we know what, or who, stands behind the words we read? After all,  paper will not refuse ink. Our industry is growing, and as the industry grows, so do the misrepresentations and misunderstandings.

Peter Wagner, CSI
May 7, 2008
How to Bend GFRC (Glass-Fiber Reinforced Concrete)

Warping GFRC Most people don't think of concrete as being bendable but it is, even in its hardened state. That said, bending and warping concrete is more manageable while it is still in its plastic state.Most people don’t think of concrete as being bendable but it is, even in its hardened state. That said, bending and warping concrete is more manageable while it is still in its plastic state.

Mark Celebuski
Jan 12, 2015
Fashion Show Mall Gets Major Upgrade With Concrete Features

concrete in the Fashion Show Mall in Las VegasIn a city where each new project shines brighter than the last, an old favorite is taking on a new sparkle.

K. Schipper
Getting a Retail Chain Hooked on Your Maintenance Services

Using an HTC concrete polishing machine, a man is maintaining the concrete in a Wawa store in the Northeast United States.Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it. My dad said we would be willing to do trial services for them in some stores to show them what we could do.

Travis Wilkerson, with Ray Wilkerson
Apr 16, 2013
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
Picking the Right Sprayer

Bob Harris spraying acid stain on a vertical concrete surfaceViscosity and solids usually dictate the pressure required, with higher viscosity or higher solids dictating higher application pressure.

Editors
Sep 11, 2016
How Heavy Should Your Concrete Polishing Machine Be?

Polished concrete in a federal building in San Francisco. Does size matter in the world of polished concrete? I have heard the arguments on both sides for why smaller or larger polishing machines are better, but ultimately it depends.

David Padgett
Apr 16, 2013
Decorative Applications for Pervious Concrete

A street curb backing up to pervious concrete in a brick red color.Pervious concrete, increasingly in demand for its environmental benefits, takes on color.

Michael Chusid and Nick Paris
Jan 23, 2006
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