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2019 Concrete Decor Show Promotes Products and Demos

Products were debuted at the Concrete Decor Show in Arlington, TexasBy no means an inclusive list of interesting finds, there was plenty to explore at the 2019 Concrete Decor Show at the Arlington Convention Center in the shape of products and tools.

Editors
Dec 10, 2019
2019 Concrete Decor Show Returns to Texas

A group of attendees at the 2019 Concrete Decor Show gather around a slab covered with Covestro products.The atmosphere was inviting and the modest but eager crowd engaged at the 2019 Concrete Decor Show in Arlington, Texas, Oct. 28-31. Many of those who attended reported it was a great time to reconnect with old friends, establish new contacts, discover products and tools, and witness some of the industry’s elite — such as Troy Lemon, Emil Gera, Rick Lobdell, Cindee Lundin and Jake Brady — lead workshops on the convention floor.

Editors
Dec 16, 2019
Epoxy Artisan in Florida Passionate About Color and Quality

Blue epoxy floor that looks like waves on this concrete floor.The founder and owner of Epoxy Artisan in Bradenton, Florida, Elton John Strawderman says his goal in life is to be the best craftsman possible with his chosen medium: epoxy on concrete.

Editors
Dec 11, 2019
A Primer on Polymer Cement: An In-Depth Look at the Basics

Polymer-modified cement products and how they workThe use of polymer-modified cement products in the decorative concrete industry is common practice. Unfortunately, these products are also commonly misunderstood. This article will cover what they are, how they work, what they do.

Susan Brimo-Cox
May 2, 2003
Concrete Kitchen with a Granite Island

Kitchen remodel with concrete and granite blending together harmoniously.Right at the start, we decided that the focal point of the kitchen would be the island. At that time we were unsure about what material we would use for the island top, so we went on a quest. We spent several days visiting virtually all of the natural stone distributors in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Editors
Oct 19, 2010
Silica vs. silica: What's the difference as far as concrete and health are concerned?

Crystalline silica (quartz) is the form of silica that OSHA is writing the new regulations to cover, it is a health hazard. It is not reactive with portland cement, meaning it does not cause ASR (alkali-silica reactivity) regardless of particle size.There is a huge difference between amorphous silica and crystalline silica as far as your health and your concrete is concerned. The difference between the two is at the atomic level.

Mark Celebuski
Apr 29, 2014
The Colorspreader from Triple Hard Tools Helps Contractors Stay Safe

As the tool floats, the vibrator distributes the product onto the concrete in an even and consistent manner. The slower you pull, the more material is distributed.Until now, contractors have thrown shake-on color hardener onto concrete mainly by hand. It’s tradition, and contractors love tradition. But by its nature, throwing the color can be inefficient, wasteful, and expose workers to possible health risks associated with inhaling airborne silicates.

Emily Dixon
Oct 21, 2012
Making New Concrete Blend with the Old

Concrete sign that blends in with it's older surroundingsThere have always been ways to make new projects blend into their older surroundings, but Sophisticated Finishes by Triangle Coatings Inc. offers a truly aged look.

Editors
Jan 12, 2007
Artisan Grows Up in Concrete Industry and Becomes a Stamping Success

Robert Salinas, 58, jokes that he has 50 years of concrete experience. That's not too far off from the truth, because as a youngster he recalls helping to place concrete for the pool company his uncle and father worked at in San Antonio, Texas. Robert Salinas, 58, jokes that he has 50 years of concrete experience. That’s not too far off from the truth, because as a youngster he recalls helping to place concrete for the pool company his uncle and father worked at in San Antonio, Texas.

Vanessa Salvia
Jun 2, 2016
Architects Use Kemiko Concrete Products

Elegant indoor swimming pool deck in a rich brown Kemiko concrete stain color invites.Kemiko products were used by architectural greats such as Frank Lloyd Wright before decorative concrete even had a name. The company continues to thrive and grow with the times.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Nov 16, 2005
Inspired Designs Using Tilt-up Concrete Construction

At the Bishop Gadsden Church in Charleston, S.C.,How the decorative concrete revolution is starting to push tilt-up walls into the 21st century.

Kelly O'Brien
Dec 18, 2008
Moisture Tests in Concrete: Calcium Chloride vs. Relative Humidity

When good floor coatings go bad, moisture is often the culprit. When good floor coatings go bad, moisture is often the culprit.

Even cured concrete can emit enough moisture to blister, cloud or delaminate a coating, especially when a slab with no vapor barrier sits on ground with poor drainage. The manufacturers of overlays, microcoatings, sealers and specialty coatings set moisture tolerance limits for their products.

David Thompson
Nov 11, 2009
Concrete Artisan Showcases His Pieces In Art Show

decorative concrete at an art showMost decorative concrete artisans don’t submit their work into juried art shows, but that’s the world that Thomas Lancaster is trying to ease into.

Vanessa Salvia
Oct 1, 2015
Power Trowel Polishing Offers Faster, Less Expensive Polishing Method

Stirring things up in the polished concrete tradeIt’s going to take the industry by storm. It’s a game changer. Revolutionary. In the case of polishing concrete with power trowel machinery, all those phrases might well prove true. Or, maybe not. Revolutionary? You could make that claim. Game changer? Yes, but...

Joe Maty
Dec 22, 2017
The Time Has Come for This Colorful Concrete Aztec Calendar

That intriguing disk is an Aztec calendar colored with SS products. That intriguing disk is an Aztec calendar colored with SS products. Coyne Edmison, general manager of The Stamp Store, a retailer affiliated with SS, sent us the rest of the story.

Editors
Apr 29, 2012
Can Burnishing Sometimes Be the Better Finish?

The word about polished concrete is out and we have done a great job of promoting the industry. Polished concrete is growing.It is easy to understand the benefits of polished concrete. The word about polished concrete is out and we have done a great job of promoting the industry. Polished concrete is growing. The marketing has been great and many contractors are jumping on board. And the consumers are seeing a great product.

Virgil Viscuso
Oct 21, 2012
Vertical Polished Concrete Inspires Innovators

On the job site preparing to polish concrete vertically at a church.What do you do when your client asks for polished concrete walls? Not many contractors have responded to that request in the affirmative so far, but some are starting to ask, “Why not?”

Amy Johnson
Oct 2, 2013
Slip Resistance for Concrete Flooring

Slip resistant concrete pool deckMake your concrete surfaces not only beautiful but safe to walk on as well.

Gareth Fenley
Aug 18, 2002
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