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New Concrete Floors Emulate Old World Beauty

When it came to installing floors at his new decorative concrete training facility, concrete guru Bob Harris chose to emulate the old ways of Venetian artists.When it came to installing floors at his new decorative concrete training facility, concrete guru Bob Harris chose to emulate the old ways of Venetian artists.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 26, 2019
Pros and Cons of Commercial vs. Residential Concrete Construction

Weighing the pros and cons of residential vs commercial jobsAbout a week after having my fourth child, I received several kind comments and gestures from people across our industry. But two in particular stuck out. The first involved a residential client and the second was from a commercial general contractor. The interactions made me ponder the pros and cons of residential construction versus commercial.

Karen Keyes
Oct 25, 2019
Consider an Overlayment's Tensile and Flexural Strength

Compressive strength — the ability of a material to withstand being compressed or pushed together — is often used to determine mortar and concrete’s quality. This makes sense for floors and overlayments as the primary forces applied to them are downward, compressive loads from traffic, equipment or anything affected by the force of gravity.

Matt Sambol
Oct 21, 2019
5 Tips for the Stamped Concrete Jobsite

Five tips for a concrete construction jobesite.1. Handholding

2. County Permits

3. Electric Requirements for Lighting

4. Spouse POC (point of contact)

5. Submit Unique Jobs for Awards

Joe Maty
May 2, 2013
Estimating Decorative Concrete Work

Blue prints, construction hard hat and a calculator sit on a table ready for a job estimating a stamped concrete job.Take your time... and get it right! The good news is that you can make more money on decorative concrete than on plain old flatwork. Prices can increase by anywhere from $2 per square foot to as much as $13 per square foot in some states.

Christianna McCausland
Mar 7, 2003
Mottled by Design: One Company's Technique for Imitating the Look of Acid Stain

Unlike acid stains, which achieve their natural good looks with a chemical reaction, today's water-based copycats often rely on employing proper techniques.Unlike acid stains, which achieve their natural good looks with a chemical reaction, today’s water-based copycats often rely on employing proper techniques.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Mar 18, 2009
Distinctively Styled Concrete Countertops

Artistic concrete countertop - Pennsylvania artist Robert Stadnycki has excelled in a number of media: textiles, painting, furniture. Last year, he tried decorative concrete for the first time, collaborating with SunWorks, Etc. LLC to craft three countertops in his distinctive style for a kitchen in Ellicott City, Md. Pennsylvania artist Robert Stadnycki has excelled in a number of media: textiles, painting, furniture. Last year, he tried decorative concrete for the first time, collaborating with SunWorks, Etc. LLC to craft three countertops in his distinctive style for a kitchen.

John Strieder
Feb 5, 2014
Virginia's Amazing Greystone Masonry Showroom

Luisa is the senior sales representative and Dan is president at Greystone Masonry, the company they founded 18 years ago. The Dittmanns have enjoyed a high level of success, doing a lot of work for increasingly sophisticated homeowners and for the many government facilities in their region of the country.Luisa is the senior sales representative and Dan is president at Greystone Masonry, the company they founded 18 years ago. The Dittmanns have enjoyed a high level of success, doing a lot of work for increasingly sophisticated homeowners and for the many government facilities in their region of the country.

Vanessa Salvia
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
Grow Your Business by Working Smarter, Not Harder

Do I keep a database of previously completed projects complete with pictures?Success can’t and shouldn’t be measured by comparing your business against your peers’. Comparison is a dirty word and an even worse habit which can lead you down a rabbit hole of self-doubt, worry and personal as well as professional destruction. After all, we all have different motives and goals as why we do what we do.

Greg Iannone
Jul 9, 2018
New Technology Delivers the Shine to Concrete Without the Grind

Multiquip's SlabArmor process showing a concrete construction working riding on a concrete polishing machine.Beauty may only be skin deep, but the performance qualities of an MQ Whiteman SlabArmor concrete surface are just as impressive as the strikingly good looks the SlabArmor system delivers.

Joe Maty
Apr 1, 2016
Quick Draw Design & Layout Tool for Concrete

Using the quick draw design tool for creating decorative concrete design.Artists can use Quick Draw to create large and highly detailed designs comfortably from a standing position. For detailed drawing, the chalk-holder piece of the assembly, called simply Quick Draw, can be removed and used alone.

Editors
Aug 1, 2007
Deeply Penetrating Pigment Water Repellent Sealer / Stain - Acryl Pen

Acryl-Pen is a deeply penetrating, pigmented water repellent sealer/stain designed for both interior and exterior horizontal concrete and masonry surfaces. Shown in Amber.Surfaces are protected from discoloration caused by air pollution and the damage caused by freeze-thaw cycles, carbonation, graffiti, and pedestrian and vehicular-borne substances.

Editors
Jul 15, 2001
Artisans in Tennessee Carve Concrete Trees for Cabins

Cute concrete cabinAmerican Patriot Getaways in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is one of the companies that rents cabins to vacationers who want to stay in “tree houses” in the Smoky Mountains.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 12, 2018
Concrete Topping Adds Appeal to Highway Corridor

The U.S. Highway 80 Corridor in southwest Jackson, Miss. The U.S. Highway 80 Corridor in southwest Jackson, Miss., is one of those aging main drags that could use some aesthetic improvements. To the relief of many locals, much-needed changes are being made.

David Searls
Nov 29, 2011
Decorative Surface Solutions Group is First Buying Group for Flooring Industry

grey concrete floor in corridorSuppose your little decorative concrete flooring business suddenly could make deals as if it were a coast-to-coast firm?

Gail Elber
Oct 1, 2015
Strong Relationships Within Concrete Industry are Key to Successful Ventures

Strong Relationships Within Concrete Industry are Key to Successful Ventures We live in a time where so much of our business, for better or worse, is conducted electronically. On the positive side of the ledger is the fact that information can be searched and retrieved at the speed of a simple mouse click.

Greg Iannone
Mar 17, 2018
Solving Sealer Problems

Preparing concrete for the application of sealer.There are three things in this world that have room for improvement: cell phones, microwave popcorn and, you guessed it, concrete sealers. There have been more prayers and cuss words offered up regarding sealers than over any other decorative concrete issue.

Doug Carlton
Feb 13, 2009
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