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Contractors Should Have a Resource Network in Place

Unrepaired concrete that is in desperate need of improvement.The air temperature is 97 degrees F, the concrete arrives late and it turns out it’s a hot load. A set retarder is added, which only makes matters worse. The concrete now sits for eight hours before you can do anything with it. Now what?

Chris Sullivan
Aug 22, 2018
Tip-Top Concrete Tables and Counters

Concrete table with an artistic crack down the center.Concrete Decor salutes artisans nationwide for their ingenuity and creativity in designing tables and countertops. Here are 10 of our discoveries.

Editors
Aug 21, 2018
Designing a Basic Tile Pattern on Concrete

Rick Lobdell puts design into the concrete overlay.Now that summer is here I’m in full design mode on multiple projects that mostly involve basic tile patterns. Since I’m back in major math mode, I thought I’d share a challenging design project I did a couple of years ago for a client in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Rick Lobdell
Aug 20, 2018
An Alternative Perspective of White Cement From an Artist

Stained concrete in an underwater theme.Not everyone prefers white cement products over run-of-the-mill gray concrete when it comes to coloring.

Editors
Aug 5, 2013
How One Artisan Designs Decorative Concrete Installations

An outdoor patio with a design that has been stained and engraved.This article breaks down three different jobs and how one artistan developed the designs for each project, stage by stage.

Rick Lobdell, with Mike Kovach
Jul 9, 2011
Battelle Develops Self-Healing Smart Beads that Detect and Repair Corrosion

Battelle corrosion detecting microbeadsBattelle scientists have developed a tiny bead, the Battelle Smart Corrosion Detector bead, that not only detects corrosion but delivers a payload to help heal the microscopic cracks that rust creates.

Editors
Sep 2, 2015
ICF Walls Become Vertical Canvases for Decorative Concrete Finishes

ICF Walls Look Like Real StonesWhat’s old often becomes new again, and in the case of ICF (insulated concrete forms) construction, many people feel it’s not only ready for a rebirth but a healthy adolescence, as well.

K. Schipper
Mar 2, 2015
How to Make Troweling Concrete Easier on the Job Site

power trowel on concreteLet’s face it, working concrete is a hard job. It’s hard on the hands, the back and especially the knees. Fortunately, for some contractors there’s an option that allows them to stand upright and still complete their jobs.

K. Schipper
Oct 20, 2016
Dealing with Wastewater and Sludge from Concrete Countertops

Cleaning these mixers uses about 15 to 30 gallons of dirty water and generates roughly 5 to 30 pounds of sludgeConcrete-making uses water. Cleaning concrete-covered mixers, tools and buckets uses even more water. Add to that the sludge that’s rinsed out and you’re often left with a big mess. Everyone who makes concrete faces this dilemma: what to do with all that dirty water and gritty sludge.

Jeffrey Girard
Feb 28, 2011
10 Most-Accessed Articles from Concrete Decor's Archives

a husband and wife and their wedding rings, the grooms hands have concrete burnsWe took a look at the most-read articles from our archives, and this list gives a unique picture of what information interests our readers the most.

Editors
Jul 15, 2015
Hand-carved, Powder-colored French Floor in North Carolina

stamped and stained floor in North CarolinaCheryl and Ralph Burgess, of Mackintosh on the Lake, a development in Burlington, N.C., wanted a design in their sunroom. As you can see, they got a pretty spectacular one.

Editors
Apr 4, 2014
Surviving the Game of Business By Capitalizing on Every Opportunity

Football players playing the sport they love.Our industry, like football, has seen advancements. One visit to the World of Concrete conference will confirm this. But think about this for a second. Every job, whether in Texas or Dubai, has at least one thing in common. Finishing the job still comes down to a human and a shovel. As complex as our industry is, it still comes down to a tool that sits in every work truck across the globe.

Doug Carlton
Dec 18, 2008
Plastic Concrete Forms are a Durable Option to Lumber

Plastic Concrete Forms are a Durable Option to LumberAs a child, who wasn’t thrilled to see the wood forms come out indicating a new sidewalk, driveway or even basement was about to be poured? Today, we know concrete can do so much more, and certainly the forms that helped shape it have changed, too.

K. Schipper
Dec 15, 2017
CDCLarue Industries Pulse-Bac

CDCLarue's Pulse-Bac Industrial Vacuum & Dust Collector will remove and contain that dust without constant clogs or lagging lift.CDCLarue’s Pulse-Bac Industrial Vacuum & Dust Collector will remove and contain that dust without constant clogs or lagging lift.

Editors
Jul 18, 2005
Manufacturer Profile: Super Stone Inc. Opa-locka, Fla.

Wood grain concrete stain created here to look like actual wood.John Buhler started a business in 1961 with a tiny office, a modest warehouse and terrazzo flooring as his business lifeblood. More than 40 years later, his wife and daughter are carrying out his legacy in the form of the widely-renowned decorative concrete operation known as Super Stone, Inc.

Jeff Woodard
Jun 5, 2004
A Concrete Spread at a High-end Central Charlotte Restaurant

Not so soft concrete seating benches in 5church a restaurant in Charlotte.Inside, decorative concrete that resembles Venetian plaster is troweled on some walls while molded log tiles made out of glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) cover others. Huge columns shaped to look like intricately crafted wooden chair legs were designed with a CAD program, fashioned out of foam and chicken wire, and covered with troweled-on white concrete

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Feb 27, 2013
The Difference Between Sealing and Resealing Decorative Concrete

Chemical resistant broom - Few things can compare to freshly sealed concrete. Hues of hidden color explode the minute a coat of fresh sealer makes contact with the concrete's surface. Customers smile with satisfaction and concrete artisans swell with pride. Few things can compare to freshly sealed concrete. Hues of hidden color explode the minute a coat of fresh sealer makes contact with the concrete’s surface. Customers smile with satisfaction and concrete artisans swell with pride.

Doug Carlton
Jan 8, 2014
Experts Reveal a Wide Range of Countertop Sealer Practices

Fabricators' approaches to sealing countertops are as varied as their creative countertop designs.Fabricators' approaches to sealing countertops are as varied as their creative countertop designs. Here are some observations from manufacturers and artisans about how they protect the work.

Editors
May 1, 2010
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