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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
Brightly Colored Concrete Sculptures a First for Fabricator

Concrete sculpture by Rob Lan“Three Concrete Sculptures,” recently on exhibit in Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery’s courtyard in Los Angeles, marked fabricator Rob Lan’s maiden voyage into decorative concrete.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 12, 2019
Roosters Brewery's Urethane Cement Floor Made to Last

Front entrance of Rooster Brewery in Ogden, Utah.Through what Laticrete channel manager Jeff Bonkiewicz labels “connections,” a diverse group of Spartacote resinous flooring and Laticrete salesmen, company representatives and contractors teamed up to install a 13,000-square-foot floor for a new craft beer facility in Ogden, Utah.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 13, 2019
Stained Concrete Floor Ribbon Border How To

ribbon border pattern on concrete floorBorders can be used in many ways, not just to frame a room and make our engraving easier than cutting all the way to a wall. Usually 6-10 inches wide around the edge of a space, they can also be used as their own design element.

Rick Lobdell
Tips for Grinding and Polishing Seeded Glass in Overlays

Grinding and Polishing Seeded Glass in OverlaysDecorative concrete is especially helpful for company branding purposes or to make a bright and impactful statement in an indoor or outdoor space.

In this light, it’s easy to see why glass adds a unique dimension. It’s different and it catches the eye, which is something appealing for businesses.

Heidi Hudnall and Dan Knuth
Nov 16, 2013
How to Measure RH in Concrete

RH measurements in concreteHow valuable is 48 hours to you and your business? Can you put a price on it?

And does the price go up if you run into a moisture-related problem with a concrete slab in the later phases of a project?

Jason Spangler
Jan 11, 2016
Three Acid Stain Application Tips

Here are three tips from the experts on acid staining and how you can succeed in your next job.Here are three tips from the experts on acid staining and how you can succeed in your next job.

Aug 16, 2010
Good Customer Service Goes Far Beyond the Initial Sale

A service sign on a black backround.If you are truly committed to service, not just the initial sale, then you're not through when you're done.

Peter Wagner, CSI
Apr 9, 2010
Weather Affects Set Time of Stamped Concrete Overlays

A formerly drab concrete driveway comes alive with an Italian slate pattern.When working with stamped concrete overlays, experts caution you to keep your eye on weather and temperature conditions

David Searls
May 26, 2017
ASCC Workshop and Demos Emphasize Preventing, Correcting Problems

A Demo slab of concrete was used to show how retarders with different levels of etching capability were applied over a stencil to a single slab to expose aggregate at different rates. The retarder also makes the stencil easier to remove without damaging the edges of the design,even when it is left on for days.The annual meeting of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, held in Denver in September, was a showplace of what can go wrong — by design.

Amy Johnson
Nov 12, 2005
Polished Floor Maintenance Made Easy with a Three-Stage Plan

Polished Floor Maintenance Made Easy with a Three-Stage PlanWithin the concrete industry there is a common misconception that polished concrete means no maintenance, when in reality keeping up a polished floor simply requires low maintenance.

Heidi Hudnall and Dan Knuth
Jan 12, 2014
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
Concrete Artist Creates Online Gallery of Her Work

Wall art in this upscale bar is a unique expression of this artist.Concrete artist Emily McClintick has launched a new website showcasing her work. These images are just a taste of what you'll find on the Concrete Portfolio page of the website.

Dec 8, 2010
Decorative Concrete in the Forest: The Concrete Treehouse

The view from inside the concrete treehouse.No, it’s not built into the fork of a tree. It’s the grown-up version, with a breathtaking mountain view and lots of decorative concrete.

David Searls
Feb 13, 2008
Sparkle Grain System for Eye-Catching Concrete

sparkle grain concrete is used to take concrete to the next levelThe Sparkle Grain System is an eye-catching, black sparkle concrete finish that can be applied with color hardeners or by itself.It aids with slip resistance and is designed for sidewalks, driveways, ramps, public buildings, wineries, schools, etc., to name a few.

Photo Courtesy of Ralston Concrete

Aug 22, 2002
Disorganization Is Hurting Your Contracting Business

Paper clips scattered.When you put in years perfecting your decorative concrete craft , you start to consider yourself an expert in your field. Past customers appreciate your skill, courtesy and professionalism, and they refer friends and relatives to your services. But recently you have noticed something is changing, and this change makes you uneasy.

Doug Carlton
Oct 9, 2011
Finding the Sweet Spot Among Acrylic Sealers and Acrylic Urethanes

Retailers, restaurants, shopping centers and entertainment venues can lose significant revenue if their facilities or walkways need to be shut down and revamped. Contractors have relied on acrylic sealers for decades to protect concrete flooring systems, and for good reason. In the right conditions, these sealers offer optimal durability, stain resistance and a desirable “wet look” finish. However, they have their limitations too and aren’t always the ideal option for high-traffic areas and environments with extreme hazards.

Mar 1, 2018
Hotel & Resort Design Ideas using Decorative Concrete

The next step was to add color. For the walkways and brick around the reception area, House used a mixture of Ultra Surface Concrete Dye in English Leather and Earthstone. For the retaining walls, House only used Earthstone.Check in and check out three examples of decorative concrete at its finest, in Georgia, Tennessee and California.

Emily Dixon
Oct 6, 2010