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Plan Ahead When Acid Staining Concrete During New Construction

Acid stain concrete in an interior spaceConcrete in new construction is like a blank canvas. Unblemished and uncracked, it’s the ideal concrete to stain. Every stage — from cleaning to ­sealing — is important. However, there are many moving parts in new construction projects which can affect the concrete staining process. Timing is essential.

Earl Choate
Jul 15, 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
Explore the Many Uses of Polyurea for Concrete Polishing Projects

As polished concrete has increased in popularity, there has been a tremendous number of innovative products brought to the market to help meet customer expectations. One very important product is polyurea. It’s a two-part liquid-applied product that sets up quickly, gets hard enough to polish, and comes in a wide variety of colors and viscosity levels.

David Stephenson
Jul 16, 2019
Decorative Concrete Tips: Accounting for Concrete Color Change with Acid Stain Application

A staiend concrete entryway leads to a beautiful homeMany comments, instructions, warnings, and confused looks surround the numerous ways acid stain colors can fluctuate from one concrete slab to another. Even under the tightest quality controls, concrete reacts with chemical stains differently every time. However, the sometimes-unpredictable reactions are exactly what produce the interesting and beautiful results one can achieve from acid stains.

Marvin Dodson
Feb 22, 2002
A Florida Cow Town Recreated with Stamped Concrete

A look inside the cracker of Florida.The “Florida cracker” cowboy rode off into the sunset long ago. But thanks to a design team’s partnership with decorative concrete company Edwards Concrete, residents of a central Florida community can immerse themselves in the region’s frontier days.

Joe Maty
Feb 2, 2013
The Complete Decorative Concrete Contractor

The colors were stains and tinted sealers from Increte, and metal inlay was used on the perimeter.Five veteran contractors and artisans provide insight by explaining where their decorative concrete journeys began, how their skill sets grew and how diversification has affected their careers.

Natasha Chilingerian
Feb 11, 2011
Full-Time Marketing with Part-Time Resources

Colorado Hardscapes mean lean construction crew.When people compliment Colorado Hardscapes Inc.’s marketing department, I tend to smile just a bit. People often mistakenly think our decorative concrete company operates like a large corporation, with multiple staff just waiting for their next task.

Karen Van Heukelem
Oct 21, 2012
Getting Started in the Business of Decorative Concrete Curbing

The most popular curb style among homeowners is the mower edge.The market for residential curbing is growing by leaps and bounds. It can be a profitable niche for a concrete contractor.

Susan Brimo-Cox
May 5, 2005
Forging A Bond: An Overview of Bonding Agents in Decorative Concrete

Applying a bonding agent to concrete.Bonding agents are a widely debated family of products. Some concrete contractors will tell you they have a favorite bonding agent, one that they use almost exclusively. Others say they evaluate every job and develop a unique solution, drawing from a wide range of products. And there are some contractors who swear by the oldest bonding agent of them all, simply using a mixture of portland cement and water.

Jennifer G. Prokopy
Nov 7, 2003
Stenciling Existing Concrete

Stenciling floors or objects is a fun, rewarding artwork form with almost immediate gratification.A look at sandblasting, stenciled overlays and the new gelled-acid etching techniques.

Amy Johnson
Dec 10, 2005
Fireplaces and Firepits Put the Right Touch on Outdoor Spaces

Besides the practicalities of fire for warmth, light and cooking, the comfort and romance of fire make us want to pull our chairs up to the hearth and turn our backs on the daily grind.People have enjoyed sitting outside around a fire since, well, since they discovered fire. Besides the practicalities of fire for warmth, light and cooking, the comfort and romance of fire make us want to pull our chairs up to the hearth and turn our backs on the daily grind.

Scott Cohen and Amy Johnson
Jan 7, 2011
From Faded to Fabulous Museum of Art Updates Exterior Concrete

One idea that became central to the look was to cut saw grass from the Everglades and imprint the concrete in alternating and intersecting bands of yellow and grays, bringing a taste of Florida's unique natural environment into the city and harmonizing the hardscape with EDSA's landscape. The Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale likes to say “there is always something new and different at the Museum,” but until recently, that claim did not apply to the building’s exterior.

Amy Johnson
Jul 9, 2012
Acid-stained Floor Overlay is Finishing Touch at Museum

Phoenix company, Flo-Tech Inc., pumped the Floor-Top STG into the room on Wednesday. The next day, Anger and his team applied two treatments of Terracotta Clay acid stain from Cohill's Building Specialties Inc.The handsome floor of the Arts and Crafts Room was the finishing touch at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, a facility improved by a series of decorative concrete projects as part of the 2010 Concrete Decor Show & Decorative Concrete Spring Training.

May 12, 2010
Got Concrete Slurry?

Pool of concrete muddied water on a jobsite.If you’re doing anything with polishing, drilling or sawing concrete these days, you’re likely already using water in your processes. Those hedging on not using wet processes are staring straight at a mandate from OSHA that requires contractors to reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica.

Former Disney Mason Finds Success in His Own Concrete Contracting Business

Stamped concrete entryway to a restaurant also acts as a passenger drop off.The decorative concrete business often can follow a roller-coaster trajectory, with ups and downs that can challenge the stomach.

Fortunately for David Edwards and his 30-year-old company Edwards Concrete, a profitable relationship with Florida’s amusement and theme parks has played an integral role in the ride.

Joe Maty
Apr 8, 2013
A Concrete Go-cart Track at Legoland

Decorative concrete go-cart track at LegolandThe go-cart track at the Legoland Discovery Center was another challenging, yet fun, job for Chris Post of Elite Concrete Solutions LLC. The roadway hash marks required him to make a 2-by-4 jig to lay them in an evenly spaced manner all the way around the track.

Vanessa Salvia
Aug 13, 2014
Maintaining a Maintenance Program

In some cases, people were in fact looking to get a free application of sealer on their driveway, or a buff and wax on an interior floor within the warranty period of our work. In some cases, people were in fact looking to get a free application of sealer on their driveway, or a buff and wax on an interior floor within the warranty period of our work. However most were just interested in protecting the investment that they made, and wanted our help to ensure that the right products and procedures were in place.

Chris Becker
Jul 16, 2010
Haivala Concrete Tools Magnesium Beveling Hand Tool

A pile of concrete tools makes the job easier to succeed.On display for the first time at this year's World of Concrete show. The new magnesium "beveling" hand tool is designed to slope the concrete edge under overhead garage doors keeping water from flowing into the building

Feb 15, 2002