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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
Artisans in Tennessee Carve Concrete Trees for Cabins

Cute concrete cabinAmerican Patriot Getaways in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is one of the companies that rents cabins to vacationers who want to stay in “tree houses” in the Smoky Mountains.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 12, 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
Nebraska's own Todd Rose Decorative Concrete Inc.

A bridge spanning a highway that has had the concrete stainedOnly a couple of years old, this upstart is already attracting attention to its colorful work in the Cornhusker State. 

Kelly O'Brien
Oct 6, 2010
Why Penetrating Sealers Are Sometimes Your Best Choice

Penetrating sealer on stamped concrete.One of the most common questions I get asked is, “What is the best sealer?” My answer to this is, “It depends.” While this may seem like I’m dodging the question, it really gets to the heart of the issue. Selecting a finish solely based on how good it is said to be can often lead to undesirable results.

Jeffrey Girard
Dec 19, 2012
Diamond Engraving Pin for Concrete that fits a Dremel

Diamond engraving bit for concrete that fits a Dremel toolThe concrete engraving pin by Star Diamond is a solid (not coated) diamond segment ¼” in diameter by 1” long diamond router on an 1/8” shank.

Feb 2, 2001
Why Compacting GFRC Matters

GFRC is fairly tolerant when it comes to variations in mix design or manufacture, but it does require some care during design and fabrication. Compaction and fiber orientation are particularly important to realizing the full benefits that GFRC offers.Compaction of each thin layer of backer is a critically important step in the fabrication of GFRC.

Jeffrey Girard
Jun 1, 2012
Recipe: Decorative Concrete Broom Finish

broom finish on this concrete by Super-KreteBroom finishes provide an economical alternative to the removal and replacement of existing concrete. This system creates a flexible and durable finish that can be used to re-level, renovate, resurface and create decorative patterns and designs, with or without integral coloring. When sealed, the new finish will resist gas, oils, water, salts, freeze-thaw cycles and ultraviolet rays.

May 15, 2008
Custom Concrete Furniture Molds from Buddy Rhodes

The furniture line complements the company's existing product line, which includes everything from sink molds to concrete countertop mix, which is also the right choice for the furniture molds.Stained concrete floors, decorative concrete countertops... the list of popular concrete applications continues to grow. And now, decorative concrete contractors can add another new service to their businesses: decorative concrete furniture.

Wendy Ardolino
Nov 1, 2006
Keep Concrete Simple!

Concrete contractor giving a concrete countertop a final inspection.We have staining over stamping, stamping over overlay, stamped walls, stained walls. It's crazy — who keeps raising the bar? The answer is THE MARKET. This explosion of decorative concrete is market-driven. Folks want it, and it's more than just a fad. It must be a little overwhelming to contractors just entering this exciting business.

Feb 6, 2004
CT-8 Cleaner and Toughener from Smith Paint Products

CT-8 cleaner not only cleans but it also strengthens the concrete it is cleaning.Smith Paint Products' new concrete cleaner, CT-8 Cleaner and Toughener, does what all cleaners should. But CT-8 doesn’t just remove dirt. It chemically changes concrete to strengthen the adhesion of decorative stains and sealers.

Jun 2, 2007
Concrete Industry Training Puts Your Company Ahead of the Pack

Hands-on training has proven to be an effective way for newcomers in the decorative concrete industry to learn from the experienced contractorsWith the rise in popularity of decorative concrete, quality training and education has become of the utmost importance. Concrete training institutes are springing up around the country, and have become an essential piece of the puzzle to help your company rise above your competition. 

Bruce Hackett
Six Issues to Keep in Mind When Working with Decorative Concrete Abroad

John Anderson in a tank top using a power trowel on a concrete slab abroad.The cultural practices and business models from country to country are unique in every way possible: techniques, materials, tools and construction practice regulations.

John Anderson
Jan 20, 2012
Six Fresh Ways Decorative Concrete Contractors Can Sell Themselves

man with an ipadNo matter what industry you’re in, whether it’s massage therapy, concrete staining or stamped concrete, you have to consider yourself as being in sales.

Vanessa Salvia
Jan 16, 2014
Light Sources Will Affect the Color of Your Dye on Concrete

lightbox that shows how different light sources affect the color of concreteWhen you are asked how well you understand dyes, are you confident? Maybe you shouldn’t be. Unless you or your customers have art or design backgrounds, or you have been burned on a project, you are probably naïve.

Peter Wagner, CSI
Nov 15, 2013
Training and Education is Good for One and All

Decorative Concrete Trainer talking with an attendee at a trade show at Brickform last summer.Decorative concrete done well, and properly maintained, is long-term free advertising. It’s like having a huge billboard on the side of the road showcasing your work.

Greg Iannone
Oct 10, 2017
The World's Largest Quarter-inch Concrete Stamping Job You Park On

Stamped concrete parking garage with directional arrows included.Hong Kong is home to what is billed as the largest quarter-inch stamping job in the world — 600,000 square feet of lines, arrows, and numbers that help condo dwellers park in style.

Natasha Chilingerian
Nov 11, 2009
Vertical Concrete Overlays: Decorative and Durable

Vertical concrete overlays - Designs are unlimited. By stamping or carving, contractors can create geometric patterns, complicated forest scenes and even faux dinosaur fossils. A huge range of colors is available using integrals or acid stains.Owners of commercial and retail establishments are discovering the benefits of beautiful, easy-to-clean concrete walls.

Mike Dawson
Aug 25, 2005