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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.

Nick Dancer of Dancer Concrete Design, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Nick Dancer of Dancer Concrete Design, Fort Wayne, IndianaAs is the story with most contractors, starting a concrete business isn’t always a straight path. For Nick Dancer of Fort Wayne, Indiana, life threw a lot of obstacles in his way but it never squelched his passion.

Jacqueline Valle
Sep 1, 2017
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Former Army Ranger Builds A Construction Company Employing Vets

Vet Embarks on Mission: to Build a CompanyRich Verdone is an Army Ranger veteran with five tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, but his devotion to duty and his fellow soldiers marches on here at home. He’s now on a mission to build a construction company on a foundation of the skills and dedication of U.S. military veterans.

Joe Maty
Sep 11, 2017
How to Protect Concrete During Construction

How to Protect Concrete During ConstructionPolished concrete as a finish is reliant on the concrete substrate to be in good shape to provide the end user with a beautiful and durable finish. Owners don’t like blemishes and amazingly the worst issues seem to happen in the main entranceways. Here, I’ll address the most common issues in order of their likelihood of happening.

David Stephenson
Sep 18, 2017
Choosing the Right Concrete Sealer

Sealed concrete gives this retail establishment a very bright reflectionOne of the challenges for a high quality architectural concrete installation is the selection of the right sealer. From chemical staining, discoloring, and the day-to-day abuses these surfaces receive, choosing a sealer can make or break the entire project. So, what do you need to look for in a sealer, and how do you match the right sealer to your type of project and environment?

Craig Park
Dec 12, 2001
Quick Imprint Liners: Reusable Form Liners for Many Concrete Applications

The reusable concrete form liner seen here can be used for a variety of applications, tilt-up, down cast and even vertical precast pours.Quick-Imprint creates a reusable form liners — for tilt-up, downcast, and vertical precast pours — enabling an imprint finish on both sides of the walls.

Jun 29, 2004
San Antonio Decorative Concrete: Mission Trail Baptist Hospital

Contractor: All Ready Services, San Antonio

Wanting attractive outdoor concrete that would hold up to heavy use, San Antonio’s brand new Mission Trail Baptist Hospital called upon Ramiro Chavez and San Antonio-based All Ready Services.

Feb 19, 2012
A Visit to the World of Concrete Asia

World of Concrete Asia 2006 crate being loaded by a big piece of equipment.A seminar at World of Concrete Asia was titled "What's New in Decorative Concrete," showed off colorful pictures of stamping, staining, overlays, polishing, concrete countertops and vertically carved concrete.

Doug Carlton
Jul 5, 2006
Faux Ice and Water, Calgary, Alberta, and four citiies, Florida

Natasha Chilingerian
Dec 31, 2011
Does Photocatalytic Cement Really Clean the Air?

Concrete that can clean itself and the air around it is an amazing thing.Essroc Cement Corp. has brought concrete that cleans itself — and the air around it — to the United States.

Feb 16, 2006
Shotcrete Design Tips: Getting it Right

There are a number of principles that come into play when designing a landscape, including proportion, unity, balance and rhythm. These principles should also be considered when incorporating faux rock into a landscape setting.There are a number of principles that come into play when designing a landscape, including proportion, unity, balance and rhythm. These principles should also be considered when incorporating faux rock into a landscape setting.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Apr 21, 2006
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. 

Feb 1, 2001
Wisconsin: Not the Epicenter for Decorative Concrete

bright red and orange coated concrete floor in a specialized auto part store.Wisconsin is not exactly the epicenter of the decorative concrete universe, but this determined contractor is making a splash with his beautiful work.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Aug 5, 2006
Epoxy Aggregate Systems for Decorative Toppings

Epoxy pebble system was used to created a dolphin in this design.Generally, epoxy-aggregate systems fall into two broad categories: porous and nonporous — also called “open” and “closed” systems. The porous systems use epoxy-pebble mortar. The nonporous systems include terrazzo systems, troweled epoxy mortars and broadcast epoxy systems.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Sep 4, 2003
Concrete Solutions Spray-Top: Faster than a Concrete Finisher

Spraying concrete with a finisherFaster than a concrete finisher but more powerful than a cementitious overlay. It is able to cover surfaces with only one coat. It’s Spray-Top, a super new product from Concrete Solutions Inc.

Dec 8, 2001
Soff-Cut X-150D Prowler Decorative Concrete Saw

Decorative cuts -- V-shaped or rounded radius cuts that are ground into existing grooves -- are this Prowler's specialty. Another concrete saw is used to make the rough first cut, and the X-150D follows to make it look good.Soff-Cut International’s X-150 Prowler early-entry concrete saw can be adapted to make decorative V-shaped or radius cuts. Concrete contractors loved that feature. But they found themselves making that adaptation often, and they got frustrated.

Mar 9, 2005
Concrete Overlay Is A Big Part of College's New Design

concrete overlay, CTS Rapid Set

Vanessa Salvia
Artistic Solution Prevents Skateboard Damage

Close up of a solution to the ever growing concrete damage caused by skateboardsAfter Tom Ralston Concrete recently finished a handsome concrete wall for the Pacific Gardens Chapel in Santa Cruz, Calif., local skateboarders promptly began to destroy it while practicing their “railing” and jumping techniques. Tom Ralston got to work creating a unique and and attractive solution.

Oct 23, 2003
Trowel & Error: The Challenges of Applying High-Performance Sealers

Chris Sullivan
Dec 20, 2012
Pretty and Pervious: Decorative Options for Pervious Concrete

With its distinctive Rice Krispies look, pervious concrete was designed to let liquids pass through it. The material poses some clear challenges for decorative concrete contractors. 

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Feb 8, 2010
Success with Concrete Countertops: Dealing with Wastewater and Sludge

The previous issue’s “Success With Concrete Countertops” article dealt with the role of water in your concrete. This issue’s column concerns the water produced during concrete countertop production.

Jeffrey Girard
Feb 11, 2011
Pitfalls to Avoid When Bidding for Arena Work

Arenas and stadiums are a market that is gaining momentum in polished concrete. Between high schools, colleges and professional sports teams, there are a lot of these venues around the country. As they come up for remodel, polished concrete is a great option for the flooring on concourses and even under seats.

David Stephenson
Feb 11, 2011