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Today's Concrete Overlays are Durable and Good Looking

Concrete Overlays in a kitchen with concrete countertopsA baker knows when there’s a disaster in the kitchen, sometimes a little bit of icing can go a long way toward redemption. Concrete contractors have a similar option with overlays and an unsightly slab: The overlaid section not only looks better but the chemistry behind today’s overlay offerings often creates a much more durable surface than what was already there.

K. Schipper
Sep 13, 2012
Quartz Versus Limestone: Which sand is better in concrete overlays?

Concrete overlayquartz vs limestone and why you choose the sand you do for concrete overlayss’ strength comes from combining specific amounts of portland cement, sand, water and polymer. Sand type is an important component in decorative concrete and concrete overlays because overlays are typically applied thinner than standard concrete, yet still need to withstand the forces of foot and automobile traffic.

Bruce Grogg
Sep 6, 2019
Surface Prep: Eliminating Chances for Concrete Failure

For thousands of years the permanence of concrete has made it an ideal construction and design medium for architects, engineers and builders.For thousands of years the permanence of concrete has made it an ideal construction and design medium for architects, engineers and builders. Even the word “concrete” is often used as an adjective to describe the reality, longevity and durability of everything from objects to ideas.

Jason Ryan
Sep 9, 2019
Digital-Age Synergy: Polished concrete clicks in California's high-tech mecca

Concrete floor that looks like railroad timbersWhat might computer users learn when they google the terms “google” and “polished concrete?”

Joe Maty
Jan 5, 2015
A Washington Bridge with Stratified Characteristics

Spanning 480 feet across Interstate 520 in Redmond, Wash., the NE 36th Street Bridge is not your average overpass.Spanning 480 feet across Interstate 520 in Redmond, Wash., the NE 36th Street Bridge is not your average overpass.

Kelly O'Brien
Apr 19, 2012
ASCC Council Honors Winners of 2017 Decorative Concrete Awards

swirly floor with with rock formation pathThe Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, recognized the winners of its ninth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition Jan. 17 at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

Editors
Feb 1, 2017
Tips for Buying and Maintaining Concrete Stamping Tools

Close-up of a red stamp matContractors and manufacturers share tips for buying and maintaining these essential tools.

John Strieder
Mar 4, 2003
Indianapolis Microbrewery Embraces Concrete Coatings

A sun king emblem on a concrete floor.A new case study from Dur-A-Flex touts the usefulness of its Poly-Crete cementitious urethane system in the beverage industry. The coating system stands up to beer spills, forklifts, dropped kegs, and all the other trauma that comes with the brewing territory.

Editors
Jun 29, 2016
Terrazzo Restoration Project at the Stockton Airport

Terrazzo Restoration Project at the Stockton AirportComplete replacement of the Terminal Building carpet was being considered, but a surprising discovery revealed that underneath the stained and worn carpet tiles laid a once gorgeous cement-based terrazzo floor.

Editors
Jun 26, 2014
Using Stencils on Outdoor Vertical Surfaces

Whether you're working on a decorative wall in a backyard or the exterior walls of a 15-story building, consider stencils for vertical surfaces.Whether you're working on a decorative wall in a backyard or the exterior walls of a 15-story building, consider stencils for vertical surfaces.

John Strieder
Aug 29, 2006
Generations of Concrete Expertise Leads to Success for this Artisan

Think one-of-a-kind bath tubs, vanities, water features, fireplace surrounds, architectural details, outdoor kitchens, even aquariumsWith a history in decorative concrete stretching back to the 1930s, J&M Lifestyles brings generations of experience and expertise to all of its projects.

Erin F. Ansley
Mar 12, 2008
Incorporating Decorative Concrete into Public Schools

The school, which focuses on a concept called play-based learning, tries to make everything the students do count as a learning experience -- even when they are on the playground.From the playground to the locker room, decorative concrete is inspiring teachers and school administrators across the country.

Emily Dixon
May 21, 2010
Use of Vertical Concrete is on the Rise

Concrete water feature Looking for a way to expand your business’ offerings or add a little more creativity to your life? Either way, the vertical surfaces market may be for you.

K. Schipper
Jul 14, 2019
World's Deepest Thermal Swimming Pool is Lined with Faux Rocks

scuba diver in worlds deepest poolA pool in a four-star hotel in Italy gives new meaning to the phrase “deep end.” This pool, known as the Y-40 or “The Deep Joy,” in the Montegrotto Terma region of Padua, Italy, features a plunging crevasse that sinks to 138 feet (42 meters), a depth that could easily engulf a 13-story building.

Vanessa Salvia
Feb 2, 2016
A Mountaintop Concrete Countertop

Concrete countertop with the emblem of emergency response.We asked Lynda Apple of InConcrete Custom Countertops and Design Elements if the precast tabletop her Flagstaff, Ariz., outfit produced for a ski patrol shack was the highest decorative concrete installation in America. Boy, did we get a response.

Editors
Nov 8, 2008
Auto Painter Turned Decorative Concrete Mastermind

Awesome concrete wall looks like sediment layers of an actual cliff.Let’s get the question out of the way that you undoubtedly are itching to ask: Is it a jungle out there for California transplant Steve Kroo and Concrete Jungle, his Northridge decorative concrete business?

Editors
Feb 12, 2011
Freeman Justice Center Historical Mural

Arizona Polymer Flooring's two-component Polyurethane 250 as a primer.Even a tropical storm couldn’t stop these master craftsmen from lending their artistic touch to the entryway of a new courthouse.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 11, 2009
Thinset Terrazzos Open More Doors for Terrazzo Use

Terrazzo floor can be highly intricate in its designs. Once place, the surface is ground down to reveal stunning designs like the fish and circles seen here.In indoor applications, terrazzo has a ground and polished surface that lends itself to creative design. The use of divider strips allows the material to be mixed in different colors and applied in a process similar to paint-by-number, so you can incorporate designs, logos, borders and just about anything.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Jun 5, 2004
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