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Decorative Concrete LIVE! 2020 to Feature Crafting Cityscapes

Boardwalk at Kona Kai Resort using stenciled concreteThe fourth annual Decorative Concrete LIVE! will continue to showcase innovative construction applications for residential and commercial contractors at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas Feb. 4-7, 2020.

Editors
Jul 11, 2019
Concrete Contractor's Guide to Getting Paid

Concrete worker with a hardhatNot getting paid is every contractor’s worst nightmare and there are plenty of reasons why some clients fail to pay. Whatever the reasons may be, it’s important that you take the right steps to exercise your right to get paid. Here are some ways you can ensure that you get paid on time and in full.

Patrick Hogan
Jul 12, 2019
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
Are You Waiting Too Long To Cut Your Control Joints in Fresh Concrete?

Pacific Palette saw-cut joint tool made these lines perfect on this concrete slabDecorative concrete contractor Tom Ralston has probably never met you, but even so, he suspects you’re waiting too long before cutting your control joints. “Saw-cutting concrete is usually done long after the concrete has been poured or has set up,” he says. “It’s kind of like locking the gate after the horse has left.”

Editors
Feb 13, 2008
Brilliant Concrete Bar Tops

Restaurant concrete countertop that looks like wood surrounded by flowing fabric.In converting a warehouse in an offbeat neighborhood to an organic microbrewery, the married duo of Emily Thomas and Chad Brill proved to be up for anything.

David Searls
May 1, 2010
Retaining Walls: Evolving From Drab to Fab

Upclose view of the retaining wall detailsThe purpose of the retaining wall remains unchanged — to hold back dirt — but decorative concrete offers a solution to improve the appearance of retaining walls.

Rob Spiegel
Aug 10, 2007
Proper Preparation Helps Concrete Overlays Stay Strong

The decorative overlay industry has grown exponentially over the last 10 years, and so has the number of failures and problems related to overlay installations. While I have seen the number of problems decrease more recently, there are still too many instances where an overlay is prescribed as a cure-all for anything even remotely considered a concrete problem.The decorative overlay industry has grown exponentially over the last 10 years, and so has the number of failures and problems related to overlay installations.

Chris Sullivan
Oct 6, 2010
Terrazzo Artistry Delivers Glitz to McCarran Terminal

Epoxy terrazzo installation at McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Terminal 1 baggage and ticketing area.Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport put its money down in a bet on a vibrant, colorful and imaginative new look for the airport’s Terminal 1 ticketing and baggage claim area.

Joe Maty
Jan 22, 2018
Concrete Contractors Should Be Aware of Asbestos

Concrete workers should be aware of the health risks associated with asbestos which may be present in concrete placed prior to and during the 1970s.Concrete workers should be aware of the health risks associated with asbestos which may be present in concrete placed prior to and during the 1970s.

Editors
Mar 22, 2019
Debunking Common Decorative Concrete Myths

Concrete overlay that has flaked off due to improper surface preparation.“Just apply a decorative overlay and it will hide everything.” Or, “Use acid to strip that sealer.” These are just a couple of the myths or just plain wrong recommendations concrete contractors may have come across recently.

Chris Sullivan
Mar 1, 2015
The Home Planned for the "Concrete Nation" TV Show

Concrete Nation makes plans for the new concrete home.Imagine building your dream home. All of the right elements are in place: hardwood floors, granite countertops, marble tile in the bathrooms and kitchen, exterior brick siding, flagstone pool deck, rock retaining walls and exposed aggregate driveway. Now imagine taking that plan and replacing all those elements with concrete.

Dave Berry and Wes Vollmer
Jan 7, 2011
Decorative Concrete Installed at the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum in Colorado

Decorative concrete played a role in the construction of a Native American landmark in Ignacio, Colo.Decorative concrete played a role in the construction of a Native American landmark in Ignacio, Colo., that drew hundreds to its opening ceremony in May.

Natasha Chilingerian
Dec 31, 2011
Artistry and Color Give Restaurant Its Visual Zest

Stained and Polished Concrete in RestaurantSpice 6, a fast-casual restaurant in Hyattsville, Md., serves up a zesty visual feast that complements its Chipotle-like “modern Indian” bill of fare.

Joe Maty
Oct 1, 2013
20-foot Carved Concrete Fireplace Stands Out in Parade of Homes

A Matter of the HearthWhen Troy Lemon the concrete sculptor met up with Troy Wolfiss the home builder, a fireplace of great proportions ensued. Wolfiss, owner of Artisan Craft Homes, busily designed his new home which would be part of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids’ Spring Parade of Homes.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Nov 3, 2017
Picking the Right Mixer and Paddle for Concrete

A dual-paddle mixer is not only more efficient, but it also will keep the bucket from spinning out of control.The right mixer and paddle can be the pairing for success. Just as a good cook knows when to use a stand mixer with bread hooks and when to get out the hand mixer with a whip, there are a mixer— and a paddle or blade design— for just about every size job in the decorative concrete industry, as well.

K. Schipper
Jan 19, 2017
Recipe: Quicksilver Facelift High-build Metallic Floor Finish

Rich silver metallic epoxy floorEven with a substrate riddled with cracks, pits and spalls, this high-build metallic finish will give your floor a look that is quietly mesmerizing.

Larin Felker
Jun 5, 2010
Beach House Floor Customized with Seaweed Stamps and Acid Stain

A floor in a beach house that has been stamped with custom seaweed stamps.A beach house floor Ralston’s company recently refurbished in Monterey Bay, Calif. The floor’s crown jewel from a decorative standpoint is a pattern created when randomly placed seaweed stamps, made from real seaweed, were laid in a 3/8-inch fast-setting overlay.

Chris Mayo
Jan 7, 2011
One of the Best GFRC Mix Designs

Large GFRC concrete countertop with a slanting sink made by Brandon Gore.Let’s start at the beginning: What is GFRC, what are its benefits and what are its downsides? GFRC stands for glass-fiber reinforced concrete. The GFRC I use is a composite of portland cement, silica sand, Forton VF-774 , Liquefaction Compound, Vitro Minerals VCAS-micronHS, water, and alkali-resistant chopped glass-fiber strands.

Brandon Gore
Jun 19, 2008
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