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Concrete Decor Puts on a Really Big Show for 2020 Decorative Concrete LIVE!

Entrance of Decorative Concrete LIVE! in Las Vegas at the World of ConcreteThe jury’s in for the most recent rendition of Decorative Concrete LIVE! presented Feb. 4-7 during World of Concrete 2020 in Las Vegas.

Mar 13, 2020
When it Comes to Polished Concrete, Maintenance is a Must to Ensure a Long Life

Like many in the restaurant industry, we have converted our dining room floors over to polished concrete. Many people believe that a correctly installed polished floor is a one-time thing. It’s concrete, right? It’ll last forever.

Travis Larsen
Mar 20, 2020
There's a Learning Curve with Polyaspartics and Concrete

Are polyaspartics part of your concrete coating mix? They may not be — yet. The word is some concrete contractors are afraid of them because of their fast set-times.

K. Schipper
Mar 18, 2020
Sealer: The Most Critical Success Factor for Concrete Countertops

Three concrete sings in a bathroom.Do you know the single-most important ingredient in a concrete countertop that can make or break a business? If you thought concrete, think again — it’s the sealer.

Jeffrey Girard, P.E.
Apr 21, 2019
Cemrock: Globetrotting Decorative Concrete Powerhouse

When Olson bought Cemrock, it was pulling in about $1.2 million a year doing exclusively zoo and aquarium habitats, which served as a great foundation to build from.You might think that rappelling from cliffs, learning about orangutan habitats and studying the prehistoric skeleton of a triceratops are activities without much relevance to decorative concrete.

Kelly O'Brien
Feb 11, 2011
How Stains and Dyes Color Your Concrete

Using the product is not enough. You have to really know what it is, what it's made of, how it works, and how to properly use it.Do you really understand how the products you use on your decorative projects work? One of my “Seven Steps to Success Before You Start a Project” states that you should “understand the products and process.” Using the product is not enough. You have to really know what it is, what it’s made of, how it works, and how to properly use it.

Chris Sullivan
Oct 9, 2011
Synthetic Rocks Making Their Way to Residential Builds

Synthetic rocks surround a backyard pond and add to the overall aestheticThe world’s great deposits of synthetic rock were once concentrated in zoos, theme parks and the occasional museum exhibit. But times have changed, and these days, faux rock is cropping up all over, from backyard pools and spas to shopping-mall waterfalls.

David Thompson
Jun 25, 2004
2014 ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition

Katana Concrete canoeThe 27th annual National Concrete Canoe Competition was held June 19 - 21. 2014 at the University of Pittsburg Johnstown. The National Concrete Canoe Competition is a project which allows civil engineering students an opportunity to get practical, hands-on experience in concrete design.

Jul 31, 2014
Concrete Contractor Veterans Share Techniques for How to Stamp Concrete

Misty hillside spa surrounded by amazing concrete rocks tumbling down beside stamped concrete stairs.Experts share some secrets for honing your concrete stamping skills.

Denise Wendt
Aug 23, 2002
Concrete, Wine and Fiber Optics, The Perfect Mix

Outdoor bartop inlayed with wine bottles and fiber optics.Catering to his client’s passion for fine wine, Scott Cohen, owner of The Green Scene in Canoga Park, Calif., crafted this striking outdoor serving counter, which incorporates more than 200 recycled wine bottles.

Feb 9, 2008
Welcome to the Mall of Concrete at Decorative Concrete LIVE!

Circular banner with Decorative Concrete Live logo hanging at the World of Concrete.Decorative Concrete LIVE! turns its attention this year to concrete’s impact on retail space old and new with aesthetically pleasing and sustainable vertical and horizontal applications during World of Concrete.

Oct 3, 2017
Concrete Artisan in Arizona Works his Magic with Metallics

Jon Kopp Quality Epoxy, Gilbert, ArizonaJon Kopp of Quality Epoxy LLC in Gilbert, Arizona, got into metallic systems strictly by accident. And now, after 20 years in business, he wouldn’t change anything.

Vanessa Salvia
Jul 13, 2018
Six Ways to Make Sure More People Find Your Website

Remember the days when you could simply name your company Remember the days when you could simply name your company “AAA Concrete” to ensure your business would appear first in the local directory? Those days are behind us. We now live in an era when “Google” is a verb.

Karen Keyes
Jul 7, 2013
Elegant Glossy Concrete Floor Finish

two-toned color scheme on a concrete floorThis elegant color combination is the way to go for a simple design that calls for a two-toned color scheme.

Kelly O'Brien
Concrete Artisan Finds Decorative Concrete After "Fourth" Retirement

Decorative concrete by Jim Vermillion - Concrete DecorIn his 68 years, Jim Vermillion has mastered many skills: military officer, airline pilot, inventor, seagoing kayak adventurer, business owner.

But he hasn’t been able to get the hang of retirement.

Gail Elber
Feb 12, 2014
Kansas City Area Concrete Trade Group Announces Winners of Annual Awards

Exposed Aggregate Countertop, Olathe, Kan. Artistic Concrete Surfaces, Talon Concrete & Aggregates LLCThe Concrete Promotional Group of Greater Kansas City has announced its annual Excellence in Concrete Awards. The awards recognize outstanding work in concrete construction in the greater Kansas City area, comprised of parts of Missouri and Kansas.

Jan 5, 2014
New Tulip Trestle Observation Deck Solidly Extends the View

Tracks that lead to the large deck.In the hills of Southern Indiana lies a massive steel and concrete structure steeped in history. The Viaduct — also known locally as the Tulip Trestle, the Richland Creek Viaduct, the Green County Viaduct and officially, Bridge X75-6, according to Bloomingpedia — was once the largest railroad trestle in the United States.

Steve Vandewater
Aug 25, 2015
Brushing up on your Concrete Finishing Techniques

Tips & How to's for using Integrally colored concreteWith integrally colored concrete, color problems are frequently the result of poor finishing techniques. Tips for finishing integrally colored concrete.

Feb 3, 2001