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World of Concrete 2019 Didn't Disappoint

The 2019 show, which marked the 44th time World of Concrete has been held, topped the charts as the largest show in more than a decade.The 2019 World of Concrete has been held, and it topped the charts as the largest show in more than a decade. The annual extravaganza for the concrete and masonry industries attracted 60,511 attendees and more than 1,500 exhibiting companies spanning 776,800 square feet of space in the Las Vegas Convention Center in January 2019.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Apr 17, 2019
How to Avoid Blisters and Pin Holes in Decorative Concrete Overlays

The issue of blisters and pin holes occurring on the surface of cast-in-place concrete and resin-based coatings and sealersThe issue of blisters and pin holes occurring on the surface of cast-in-place concrete and resin-based coatings and sealers is well documented, but surprisingly very little is published regarding the same issues in decorative overlays.

Chris Sullivan
Apr 27, 2019
Concrete Contractor Expands and Diversifies into Decorative Field

Polished concrete floor reflecting overhead lights Shawn Halverson, CEO of Surfacing Solutions Inc.in Temecula, California, talks about the time some years ago when he took a break from construction after working in the structural concrete industry for about 21 years, beginning in the mid-1970s. Then, this phenomenon called decorative concrete emerged as a major player in the trade, and Halverson became intrigued.

Joe Maty
Apr 19, 2019
How Do I Fix Flaws in Poorly Stamped Concrete?

Stamped concrete that didn't work. Concrete is unforgiving. Surface defects and poor workmanship issues on stamped and textured concrete are difficult to repair, and in many cases there are no viable repair options.Concrete is unforgiving. Surface defects and poor workmanship issues on stamped and textured concrete are difficult to repair, and in many cases there are no viable repair options.

Chris Sullivan
Nov 12, 2013
Underappreciated Structural Concrete Slabs Can Be Recycled

Recycling areas and spaces: Struggling industrial districts (such as those in Berkeley and Emeryville, Calif.) are reconceived as vital urban restaurant and retail centers.In concrete construction, as in society today in general, being green is hip. And part of being green includes recycling. Recycling materials: Collapsed L.A. freeways are demolished, stripped of reinforcing steel, and crushed, to rise again as an aggregate component in their replacements.

Mike Miller
Sep 15, 2009
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
Carbon-based Concrete Additive Wins Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) Environment Award

Eden concrete additive made from carbon nanotubes Architecture and Design announced last week that a carbon-based concrete additive won the Civil Contractors Federation environment award. The technology uses carbon nanotubes to give concrete a flexural strength 200 to 300 times that of steel.

Editors
Nov 1, 2014
A New Concrete Coating that Glows by Super-Krete

Glow in the dark coating painted on the risers of these steps.Penicillin, popsicles and the pacemaker are all great inventions that were created by accident. Now it’s time to add another one to that list: Glo-Kote from Super-Krete International Inc.

Editors
Jul 9, 2011
Decorative Concrete Tip: Make Your Concrete Work Stand Out

Concrete design with a one-of-a-kind look makes your work stand out.To make your concrete more distinctive, learn to think out of the box. The trick is to make your work unique and true to you. Put a signature on it.

Lee Levig
Jun 10, 2004
Choosing the Best Mixer for Your Countertop Concrete

Choosing the right mixer for casting countertops, sinks and the like is an important element of getting the results you want. The mixer must deliver a workable and consistent mix, in the quantity you need, at a speed that allows you to work profitably.Choosing the right mixer for casting countertops, sinks and the like is an important element of getting the results you want. The mixer must deliver a workable and consistent mix, in the quantity you need, at a speed that allows you to work profitably.

Steven Miller
Aug 2, 2013
Contractor Works His Magic While Facility Conducts Business as Usual

contractors pouring concrete near poolJulio Hallack isn’t really a magician. Still, what else can you call a contractor who pulls off the nearly impossible: completing a 25,000-square-foot pool deck restoration for the ritzy Claremont Hotel Club & Spa while the facility remained open?

K. Schipper
Jan 17, 2016
Commercial Decorative Concrete Projects Leads to Exponential Growth

A globe stained onto concrete with North America and Antarctica visible.One of the largest decorative concrete companies in the country is still finding plenty of room to grow.

David Searls
Dec 18, 2008
Water-blasting: A Clean Way to Prep Concrete

Water flowing over cliff.Cleanliness is a definite selling point with water-blasting. Unlike shot blasting or grinding, it can be done in occupied spaces because a high- volume vacuum almost instantly removes the water and debris.

K. Schipper
Feb 8, 2017
Getting Creative with Finishing Brooms

Troweling concreteConsider the broom finish. Because steel trowel finishes are “slippery when wet,” the broom finish has been used for years to create nonskid surfaces on driveways, garage floors, sidewalks and loading docks. It’s not necessarily pretty, but it works — it’s a utilitarian texture.

Chris Mayo
Jan 7, 2011
Concrete Industry Spotlight: The British Are Coming!

Concrete contractors also cross-pollinate.Cross-pollination is one of my favorite concepts to think about. (Isn’t it odd that one could have so much time on their hands!) It’s when an idea or a product from one industry is taken and used in an entirely new way by a person from outside that industry. The person from outside the industry sees the idea or product from a totally different perspective — and also has his or her own set of unique talents to add to the process.

Jim Peterson
Apr 1, 2002
Footprints When Acid Staining Concrete - Tread Lightly Every Step of the Way

mistakes in acid staining concrete - Question: The last two times I have acid stained existing, untreated, basement concrete floors, I've unintentionally created footprints in the acid stain finish. I didn't create them by walking across the wet stain, as I always use spiked sandals when I apply stain.Question: The last two times I have acid stained existing, untreated, basement concrete floors, I’ve unintentionally created footprints in the acid stain finish. I didn’t create them by walking across the wet stain, as I always use spiked sandals when I apply stain.

Chris Sullivan
Jul 1, 2015
Concrete Solutions Spray-Top: Faster than a Concrete Finisher

Spraying concrete with a finisherFaster than a concrete finisher but more powerful than a cementitious overlay. It is able to cover surfaces with only one coat. It’s Spray-Top, a super new product from Concrete Solutions Inc.

Editors
Dec 8, 2001
Thoughts on Polishing: The Lack of Maintenance Standards is a Debacle

Maintaining polished concrete can be confusing from the abundance of systems in the marketplaceThe polished concrete industry has been plagued with a slew of maintenance systems that confuse and aggravate end users of polished concrete. Many suppliers of tools, equipment, chemicals and cleaning products rush to offer systems of maintenance, none of them adequately tested or proven.

John Abrahamson
Sep 19, 2009
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