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There's an Overlay for Most Any Occasion

concrete overlays and where you can find themInstalling an overlay over existing concrete is a cost-effective way to update concrete surfaces by eliminating tear-out costs, minimizing product expense and reducing the manpower needed to overhaul the look and integrity of the existing surface.

Editors
Sep 10, 2019
Concrete Chess Table Stars in Backyard Spa Remodel

Concrete countertop with a chess board inlayedTransforming tired and dated backyard retreats into personal and welcoming family havens just so happens to be Scott Cohen’s specialty.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Sep 12, 2019
Concrete Forms and Edge Liners Can Simplify the Job

edges of a concrete countertopWhen it comes to forming the edges of countertops, pool coping and steps, a good form liner or mold is an indispensable tool that can help you get the job done quicker and easier — no more hand chiseling or finagling a texture mat to give you a detailed edge.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Sep 12, 2019
Three Tips When Using Tape with Decorative Concrete Overlays

Tape marks left on an concrete overlay after coloring with concrete stain and how to removed the tape marks.After painstakingly laying out a grout pattern for your acrylic overlay, meticulously masking and re-masking surrounding areas, and then spraying or troweling in just the right color and texture scheme, you stand back and admire your handiwork, and the job looks great.

Brian Anderson and Cory Christensen
Oct 9, 2011
Pearl Abrasive Concrete Crack-Chaser Blade

Crack-Chaser Blade from Pearl Abrasive Company was designed for more efficient cleaning, routing and repairing of cracks in concrete.The Crack-Chaser Blade from Pearl Abrasive Company was designed for more efficient cleaning, routing and repairing of cracks in concrete. The diamond segments are sintered to the core in a V-shaped pattern, leaving a clean groove for filling.

Editors
Feb 5, 2001
How to Design, Cast and Install a Concrete Oven Hood - Part 2

Casting an oven hoodThe finish of the hood needs to coincide with the complexity of this application. The expectation of the final outcome, and how you will accommodate errors in the finish, holes, sags, and other blemishes especially considering the mold is assembled as you spray, make it difficult to make a perfect crème finish.

Jeff Kudrick
Apr 19, 2012
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

Editors
Aug 22, 2002
Transform Ordinary Concrete Into The Extraordinary With Epoxy

Shimmering concrete epoxy floors sit beneath a long white stair case in an up scale office building.From commercial kitchens, fire stations, spas and salons to basements, garages, veterinarian clinics and airport hangars, epoxy materials are being applied to concrete floor surfaces.

Debby Canto Davis
Jan 22, 2016
Low Maintenance Overlay Product That Contains Flecks of Real Marble

A closer look at MarbleCrete that contains real marble flecks.Imagine an overlay product that contains beautiful flecks of marble and at the same time can be easily matched to any color and is low-maintenance. That’s exactly what the folks at MarbleCrete Mix Inc. had in mind when they produced their signature product nearly two years ago.

Kellie K. Speed
Sep 17, 2008
Decorative Concrete Award Winners Elevate Industry Expectations

decorative concrete award winnerPassion, precision, artistry and creativity were all on display at the L. M. Scofield Co. ninth annual Decorative Concrete Awards ceremony. Scofield enlists professionals from the concrete industry to judge submissions based on skill of installation, artistic expression and integration with the overall design intent.

Amy Johnson
Apr 7, 2017
Attractive Concrete Light-Rail Tracks that Discourage Pedestrians

Like any commercial building, the Charlotte Convention Center has a set of emergency exits that lead to the outside. However, the Convention Center had a unique problem in that its doors led towards the tracks for the Charlotte Light Rail.Like any commercial building, the Charlotte Convention Center has a set of emergency exits that lead to the outside. However, the Convention Center had a unique problem in that its doors led towards the tracks for the Charlotte Light Rail.

Emily Dixon
Feb 27, 2013
Maintaining and Resealing Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete walkway to look like brick.If you install stamped concrete, you should be maintaining stamped concrete. You already have all the equipment you need, and you have the experience and training you need as well. Offering an annual maintenance program on your work, or any stamped concrete work for that matter, is a good source of revenue that does not require much in the way of equipment or mental gymnastics.

Chris Sullivan
Apr 19, 2012
The Five Ps of Concrete Polishing: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

In management or leadership training classes worldwide, you can learn about the five Ps for success: In management or leadership training classes worldwide, you can learn about the five Ps for success: “Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.” I think these Ps can apply to polished concrete projects as well. There are several specific planning items that can be addressed that will help any polish project be successful.

David Stephenson
Oct 20, 2016
UV Cured Coatings for Concrete are Back in the Mix

 UV Cure Coatings for ConcreteConcrete artisans and contractors are always searching for the ideal coating, but end-users and equipment manufacturers are behind the latest push for one specific coating formulation — UV-cure.

Amy Johnson
Jan 6, 2016
Alternative Finishes: Your Contractor to Contractor Training

Contractor to contractor training helps give real life experienceSome people are good at doing, while others are better at teaching others how. When you find you have a natural talent in both directions, it generally pays to run with it.

Editors
Oct 21, 2003
An Overview of Sealers: Acrylics, Epoxies, Cure-and-seals and More

A large home with a concrete driveway.Sealers are made from a variety of materials, each with different application and performance characteristics.Learn some if the distinquishing differences and similarities.

Editors
Dec 18, 2008
Polished Concrete Industry is not Sheltered from the Effects of Politics

Competitive pricing has forced this reality on most manufacturers to maintain their market share and stay relevant.As a consultant who works with contractors and manufacturers alike, I sometimes see things that aren’t typically discussed that I feel are important to share. So I’m going to attempt to tie together the various strings of thought on tax updates and how these will affect our industry specifically.

David Stephenson
Apr 11, 2017
The Benefits of Decorative Shotcrete

A concrete mason shoots shotcrete onto the wall with a pump.Shotcrete is not a physical product. It cannot be touched or held in your hand. Shotcrete is a process or verb. It is the action of placing concrete to achieve high strengths and low permeability.

William T. Drakeley Jr.
Feb 1, 2011
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