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Sika Scofield Recognizes 2018 Decorative Concrete Winners

Five projects that featured products from the Scofield line, a brand of Sika Corp., were honored in the 11th annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition. Five projects that featured products from the Scofield line, a brand of Sika Corp., were honored in the 11th annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition. First-place winners and runners-up were announced during the 2019 World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

Editors
Apr 18, 2019
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
Electric Machines Can Ease Workload

In the category of wheelbarrows, this one packs a heck of a lot of power. Electric wheelbarrows and mini skid-steers can ease manual labor.In the category of wheelbarrows, this one packs a heck of a lot of power. Electric wheelbarrows and mini skid-steers can ease manual labor.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Apr 23, 2019
L. M. Scofield 2011 Decorative Concrete Award Winners

Museum of Discovery & Science in Florida.Decorative concrete product manufacturer L. M. Scofield Co. has announced the winners of its Fourth Annual Decorative Concrete Awards contest. This contest was open to any contractor, architect or designer who uses or specifies Scofield Systems.

Editors
Apr 19, 2012
Tsunami-inspired concrete art

Empowering Children a piece of concrete art created by Steven Ochs and Gerald Taylor at the World of Concrete 2005Steven Ochs and Gerald Taylor, hoping to inspire others to lend a helping hand to tsunami victims, created this concrete composition that shows the power and determination of children everywhere.

Editors
May 10, 2005
Concrete Artisan Reflects on Series Focused On Design Elements

Design elements on concreteThe first thing designers should consider is the shape of the given work space and how to divide the space to create a striking and balanced composition.

Gaye Goodman
Jul 15, 2016
Inspiration finds form in Decorative Concrete: Airspeed Skateparks

Skilled skater dude on a skate ramp he built with his friends in Oregon.Plenty of people can work with concrete and make functional and aesthetically pleasing interior and exterior structures. A skatepark, however, is a different animal. In addition to having a sound structural plan and fresh features, a great park needs a crew that understands motion.

Mary Ann Petersen
Dec 1, 2002
Design to Delivery in 4 Days - How to make a GFRC Table

spraying GFRC for 3-D concrete projects Glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) lets you explore many aspects of design that are not possible with the more traditional precast methods. While GFRC is often used for countertops, we'll delve into how it can be used to construct a GFRC base for an outdoor patio table.Glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) lets you explore many aspects of design that are not possible with the more traditional precast methods. While GFRC is often used for countertops, we’ll delve into how it can be used to construct a GFRC base for an outdoor patio table.

Jeffrey Girard
Apr 12, 2016
Vinegar Facility Requires Durable, Resistant Concrete Floor

Coating on the floor at a vinegar facilityA vinegar-producing company needed a heat- and chemical-resistant floor for their busy production facility. TNT Resurfacing partnered with Azevedo Concrete to install Westcoat’s premier urethane cement system,Temper-Crete, throughout the 1,450-square-foot processing area.

Editors
Dec 29, 2014
Kansas City Concrete Trade Group Announces Decorative Concrete Award-winners

Johnny's Tavern logo on floor of tavern.The Concrete Promotional Group is out of the gates with the winners of its 2011 Excellence in Concrete Awards. The trade association represents the concrete industry in the greater Kansas City area. Its awards competition recognizes all kinds of concrete construction projects, and several awards are focused on the decorative trades.

Editors
Dec 5, 2011
How a Sealer Gets New Life in the Decorative Concrete Industry

A concrete sealer has been discovered by decorative concrete fabricators who appreciate its thinness and praise its stain resistance and durability.Southwestern Paint and Supply’s Hydro Guard, a sealer designed 22 years ago for secondary containment of chemicals and for sealing exterior stucco, has been discovered in recent years by decorative concrete fabricators who appreciate its thinness and praise its stain resistance and durability.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 9, 2011
Testing Slump in Your Concrete Mix and Why It Is Important

Slump measures the viscosity of the concrete to know how it will react once set.However you define slump, the bottom line remains the same: Slump is a test for the rigidity of uncured concrete. Lower slump concrete is very stiff, and higher slump concrete is more fluid.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 8, 2004
Recipe: Antiquing a Stamped Overlay

This method is a quick, consistent and effective way to achieve a beautiful antiqued look with Miracote products.Antiquing stampable overlays is taken for granted these days. However, there are many ways to achieve this effect. This method is a quick, consistent and effective way to achieve a beautiful antiqued look with Miracote products.

Editors
May 5, 2008
How to Justify the Price for Decorative Concrete

Quality concrete in a designer finish is worth the price.I wish I had 10 cents a square foot for every time I've been asked this question. And other questions such as: How much more does stamping cost compared to regular concrete? Are stained floors more than tile? I've realized over the years that all the above questions are legitimate and deserve an honest answer.

Carlton's Corner
Dec 4, 2005
The Concrete Countertop Institute is Focused on Education

One of Concrete Countertop Institutes' first classes on concrete countertop fabrication.The Concrete Countertop Institute (CCI) offers comprehensive education and resources for all aspects of concrete countertops. The Institute has recently added classes on creating cast-in-place countertops, marketing and selling countertops, and advanced sink fabrication.

Editors
May 8, 2005
Why Penetrating Sealers Are Sometimes Your Best Choice

Penetrating sealer on stamped concrete.One of the most common questions I get asked is, “What is the best sealer?” My answer to this is, “It depends.” While this may seem like I’m dodging the question, it really gets to the heart of the issue. Selecting a finish solely based on how good it is said to be can often lead to undesirable results.

Jeffrey Girard
Dec 19, 2012
Dying for Decorative Concrete

Man dumping concrete mix into a hopper with a dust mask on.There is not a comforting way to say the word “cancer.” Even in this day of strong chances of recovery and survival, it is a word that gets our attention every time. Although the products we use turn normal concrete into extraordinary works of art, some of those products are carcinogenic. Are you taking the proper measures to be safe?

Doug Carlton
Mar 12, 2008
Broadcast or Troweled Quartz Systems: Which is Right For Your Job

When it comes to resinous quartz flooring, there are two basic ways to approach the installation. You can broadcast the quartz onto a floor coated with wet epoxy, or you can mix the epoxy and quartz together -- making what is often called epoxy mortar -- then trowel it on.When it comes to resinous quartz flooring, there are two basic ways to approach the installation. You can broadcast the quartz onto a floor coated with wet epoxy, or you can mix the epoxy and quartz together -- making what is often called epoxy mortar -- then trowel it on.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 15, 2014
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