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Things to Know About Alkali-Silica Reaction

Under certain conditions the silica in glass and other reactive aggregates such as silica sand, granite and olivine react with the calcium hydroxide in portland cement and form a siliceous gel.One of the glitches of combining glass aggregate with portland cement is that the combination may trigger alkali-silica reaction (ASR).

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 10, 2018
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
Tips and Tricks: Concrete Countertop Maintenance

Concrete countertop in a kitchen with fruit resting on itFrom "food-safe" to "sacrificial coating," kitchen concrete countertop maintenance will have you upgrading your vocabulary along with your tool kit. Here's how to speak the language.

Christina Camara
Jun 16, 2007
Staying on Top of Stenciling

Concrete toppings developed for stenciling decorative concrete differ from general-purpose overlays in several ways.Concrete toppings developed for stenciling decorative concrete differ from general-purpose overlays in several ways.

Loretta Hall
Apr 15, 2007
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
Dec 8, 2016
Cutting-edge Decorative Concrete Takes Center Stage in Las Vegas

wo recent decorative concrete projects on the Strip -- for two very high-profile ventures, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the CityCenter Las Vegas development -- illustrate why working in Las Vegas is a unique undertaking.Two recent decorative concrete projects on the Strip — for two very high-profile ventures, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the CityCenter Las Vegas development — illustrate why working in Las Vegas is a unique undertaking.

Kelly O'Brien
Dec 31, 2011
Manufacturer Profile: QC Construction Products, Madera, California

Large stamped concrete patio in front of a mammoth houseStarted in 1992 in Madera, Calif., QC Construction began life as a regional supplier of decorative concrete raw materials — colors, hardeners, release powders — to contractors in central and southern California. The company blossomed in the mid-’90s when contractors and homeowners alike discovered that there was more to concrete than mere shades of gray.

John Chandler
Oct 11, 2004
The Torpedo Groover for Concrete Control Joints

Torpedo Groover for concrete slab control joints.The Torpedo Groover from SLIP INDUSTRIES is a 56” long, machine tooled, high grade aluminum groover. This groover cuts an initial straight control joint 1½” deep in freshly placed concrete every time. 

Editors
Feb 1, 2001
Decorative Concrete Fort Worth: A Sound Choice

Decorative concrete use in Dallas Performance HallLocated at the intersection of Routh and Flora streets in the Dallas Arts District, the Dallas City Performance Hall (DCPH) opened in September 2012. Concrete played a major role in its construction and as the interior and exterior finish.

Vanessa Salvia
Manufacturer Profile: How Colormaker Floors does Concrete

Man in white hard hat measuring pigment to add to a concrete mix.Products and training from Colormaker will help you turn an ordinary floor into an artistic creation.

David Thompson
Dec 9, 2003
"Zombie-proof" Concrete Safe House in Warsaw, Poland

A look at the Safe House in Warsaw Poland that completely closes up into a tight box.Often, in the process of selling a client on the advantages of concrete, contractors or designers essentially break out a laundry list: It’s durable. It’s versatile. It’s green, design-friendly, affordable, and on and on. Thanks to this house, we can now add “zombie-proof” to the list of concrete’s marketable features.

Kelly O'Brien
Jul 9, 2011
Water-blasting: A Clean Way to Prep Concrete

Water flowing over cliff.Cleanliness is a definite selling point with water-blasting. Unlike shot blasting or grinding, it can be done in occupied spaces because a high- volume vacuum almost instantly removes the water and debris.

K. Schipper
Feb 8, 2017
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
Concrete Release Agents: Liquid or Powder?

Beautifuly finished concrete driveway with the use of colored liquid release used during the concrete stamping process.While both liquid and powder release agents separate stamp from concrete, only the powders come with color. Liquid release agents are usually clear. If you want to tint with them, you have to add the pigment yourself.

John Strieder
Dec 17, 2003
Cheng Concrete Design Award Winners

Cheg Concrete awarded Best in Show in its fifth annual Circle of Distinction Design Challenge to Keelin Kennedy and her Chicago-based firm, Barefoot Design.Cheg Concrete awarded Best in Show in its fifth annual Circle of Distinction Design Challenge to Keelin Kennedy and her Chicago-based firm, Barefoot Design.

Editors
Feb 13, 2009
Innovative Concrete Blend: Xtreme Series from SureCrete Design Products

Innovative concrete blends often start with an innovative admixture that is lightweight enough for a coffee table.Innovative concrete blends often start with an innovative admixture. In the case of the new Xtreme Series line from SureCrete Design Products, that admixture is CarpenterStone.

Editors
May 7, 2008
New Countertop Sealers Do More Than Just Protect

Different items lined up to test against the sealers strength.More demand means better ingredients — but are they really all that different from floor sealers?\

The ideal concrete countertop sealer is a product that provides protection from stains, looks and feels like bare concrete and is safe to use.

Sue Marquette Poremba
Apr 12, 2007
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