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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
Concrete Hardscape Contractor Gets Creative With Glass

Glass is a fabulous way to introduce various colors, textures and even fiber-optic lighting, he says. Sometimes he even uses glass to incorporate a client's hobby or interest.Scott Cohen, owner of Green Scene Landscaping & Pools in the Los Angeles area, has been designing and building concrete countertops for more than 20 years.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 14, 2018
Keeping Integral Colored Concrete Consistent

Broom finished concrete driveway.Placing and finishing concrete to maximize the visual appeal of integral coloring starts at the bottom — with a well-draining, compacted aggregate and consistent subgrade. It’s well worth the time and effort to get it right and give decorative concrete a great start to standing up to the elements.

Steve Johnson
Jul 13, 2018
The Acid Stain Looked Good at First... What Went Wrong?

Concrete Acid Stain FailureWe then washed the floor with soap and water and removed almost all of the color. The floor now looks spotty and ugly. Why did all the color come off, and what can I do to make it look like it did before I cleaned the floor?

Chris Sullivan
Oct 5, 2013
Anti-Growth from GSI/Camden Products Keeps the Moss Away from Concrete Surfaces

GSI Anti-Growth from Camden Products is an advanced algicide/fungicide for getting rid of mold, mildew, and algae and keep it gone.

Anti-Growth is a concentrated coating, which is mixed with water, costs pennies per square foot of coverage. It can be brushed, rolled, sprayed, sponged or ragged on, depending on the surface.

Editors
Dec 1, 2002
How to Store Partially-used Concrete Sealers

Two men using a concrete sealer to finish off a beautiful outdoor decorative concrete patio.One-part concrete sealer products are easily stored for reuse in the future. Of course, you want to avoid foreign contaminants, so don’t pour back into the container what you may have portioned off unless you strain the used material first.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Jul 3, 2005
Concrete Streetscapes in Carmel Improve Safety

Six new interchanges were created using a double-teardrop shape. Mike Shepherd of Shepherd's Construction Co. Inc. completed work on four of the traffic roundabouts and their associated walkways.In 2011, the city of Carmel, Indiana, revamped its major roadway, the Keystone Parkway, as part of a multiphase project to lower the grade under six major intersections. This created new interchanges and no traffic lights for north-south traffic over a five-mile stretch, while six new roundabouts managed east-west traffic.

Vanessa Salvia
Aug 6, 2015
How Do Concrete Stamping Contractors Handle Maintenance

Sealing a stamped concrete slab with an O logo from Ohio State acrylic stained in red.Taking steps to incorporate a maintenance program for your customers is a great way to ensure ongoing business.

Let’s look at several ways you can promote maintenance services that help relieve headaches and save the industry from a tarnished reputation.

Jason Geiser
Dec 31, 2011
Ultimate Entertaining Backyard Has Cast-Concrete Features

beautiful outdoor pool with view of mountains“Graceful Curves.” That’s what Scott Cohen and his team at Green Scene Landscaping and Swimming Pools call a recent backyard masterpiece in Malibu, California. Cohen describes it as the ultimate entertaining backyard that has everything and then some — including a pool that makes you feel like you’re in a giant lake.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Dec 1, 2016
Selecting the Correct Process and Products Will Help Customers Sign Off On Jobs

best concrete repair processRepairs are always tricky. The idea is to get them done as quickly as possible with a remedy the customer will buy. By selecting the correct process and products, you can control how long the repairs will take to complete. Customers’ willingness to accept repairs is determined by understanding their expectations and letting them know early on if their goals are achievable.

David Stephenson
Recipe: Iron Giant with Acid Stain

Clean the slab with TSP solution and a blue or black pad on your floor buffer. (The type of pad you use will depend on the porosity of the concrete. Don't use an overly aggressive pad, as it can damage the concrete and expose the aggregate.) Do not use muriatic acid to clean the slab.Using iron shavings to alter the reaction of the stains, this recipe is ideal if you're after dramatic patterns and bold swirls of color.

Editors
Aug 16, 2010
U-Shaped Concrete Bar Top at Regeneration Park

A rounded concrete countertop at a bar.The uber-green project, called Regeneration Park, features a wide array of ecofriendly building techniques, from the new solar thermal system that satisfies almost all its heating, cooling and hot-water needs to the old gray concrete floor ground down and polished to a 1,500 grit.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 15, 2012
Flexible and Breathable Treads Take Safety To the Next Level

The mats bond to concrete surfaces to avoid moisture underneath as well as potentially hazardous separation between the system and the concreteSeven years ago, Mike Menendez, a veteran in the decorative concrete overlay business, was presented with a franchise opportunity for detectible warning systems, which signal terrain transitions to pedestrians. After evaluating the products, he felt that he could create a better one. The end result was SafetyStepTD.

Editors
Feb 8, 2010
Decorative Concrete Tips: Considerations When Forming Concrete Countertops

When you install concrete countertops in a kitchen, there are many details to consider in addition to the countertops themselves.When you install concrete countertops in a kitchen, there are many details to consider in addition to the countertops themselves.

Jeffrey Girard
Aug 9, 2005
Using Decorative Concrete to Address Drainage Issues

Stairs that have been stained with a red color address the erosion issue that this homeowner experiencedAlthough aesthetics are certainly a key component in any decorative concrete project, that doesn’t mean function should take a back seat. When a Joplin, Mo., homeowner was experiencing drainage and erosion problems, Jim Snodgrass installed a series of walls and stairways that not only controlled water flow, but was visually pleasing to the rest of the high-end subdivision.

Editors
Sep 17, 2008
NeoMix D-FRC from Cheng Concrete

NeoMix D-FRC empowers the artisan or contractor to expand their opportunities for businessBorn out of frustration with the long learning curve for mastering GFRC, Cheng Concrete’s NeoMix D-FRC is designed to not only shorten that learning curve for contractors, but also to outperform traditional GFRC in regards to flexural strength and abrasion resistance.

Emily Dixon
Mar 21, 2011
Cheng Design Awards Best in Concrete Countertop Design

Concrete and wood countertop by Eric Boyd, Reaching Quiet Design, Charlotte, N.C.Concrete countertop guru Fu-Tung Cheng saluted his latest group of top proteges at January's World of Concrete.

Editors
Feb 16, 2007
Lending a Hand with Concrete

A concrete form created from hand prints of children attending a school in Orlando, Florida. Over a period of nine days, future students of the school were bussed to the site, where they cast their hands for posterity into the tilt wall panels, using almost five tons of plaster in the process.

Editors
Feb 9, 2004
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