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How to Dominate on Instagram

Pictures on instagram should be branded with logos to ensure that brand is always consistent.To some, Instagram may seem like a platform where you go to look at pretty pictures all day. But did you know it can be a powerful money-making marketing tool that brings project opportunities for your decorative concrete business? What if I told you that by using Instagram correctly for your business, you can get discovered and dominate your market?

Danny Barrera
Jan 23, 2020
The American Concrete Institute Names 2019 Excellence Winners at Annual Convention.

The building was awarded for excellence by the ACIThe American Concrete Institute honored the winners of its 2019 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards during the institute’s concrete convention and exposition in October in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Editors
Jan 26, 2020
Turning Waste Glass into Expanded Glass Completes the Recover/recycle/reuse Circle

Glass flour next to a pile of other glass aggregate.Historically, repurposing glass for use in concrete mixtures has simply involved crushing and grinding the glass to a smaller size. Resizing alone doesn’t bring glass processing far enough to create a functional raw material for the concrete industry.

Traves W. Ogilvie, LEED AP
Jan 23, 2020
How to Fabric Form a Concrete Sink

Fabric forming a concrete sink.Fiberglass has been used in the precast industry for many years. The use of resin-and-glass mats to make master-mold plugs, keeper molds to hold the shape of rubber molds, and good old-fashioned production molds is standard in the industry.

Tommy T. Cook
Dec 20, 2012
Are We On Looking at the Demise of Fly Ash in Concrete?

Piles of different colored fly ash on a blue tabletop.When evaluating the carbon footprint of concrete, we consider the greenhouse gases released during cement manufacturing, aggregate mining, admixture production, and transportation of all the materials to the cement plant and the ready-mix plant and then to the job site. Although there are other sources contributing to the carbon footprint of concrete, cement is the bad actor, despite the fact that we couldn't make concrete without it.

William D. Palmer Jr.
Nov 11, 2009
Be a Salesman not a Talesman and Sell More Concrete

There are many stereotypes associated with sales professionals. There's the slick-dealing used-car salesman type who makes people feel suspicious. There's the natural-born salesman who walks into the room and is instantly everyone's new best friend, with talents in every area and the best jokes. Then, there's the talesman, the unknowingly annoying salesman.There are many stereotypes associated with sales professionals. There's the slick-dealing used-car salesman type who makes people feel suspicious. There's the natural-born salesman who walks into the room and is instantly everyone's new best friend, with talents in every area and the best jokes. Then, there's the talesman, the unknowingly annoying salesman.

Joshua Lemon
May 13, 2015
Good Techniques are Key to Success with Integrally Colored Concrete

integrally colored concrete intersectionThe minute you add integral color to concrete, people look at it differently than they do gray concrete — their expectations are higher. Educating your client about integral color is important. Be sure to explain its limitations. But, also, be sure to use good techniques. These contractor-recommended tips can help ensure excellent results.

Editors
Dec 3, 2001
Choosing the Right Floor Sealer

Bob Harris sealing a concrete floorPenetrating or film-forming, water-based or solvent-based, your sealer is just as important as any other element of your project. Here’s a guide for sorting through your options — plus tips on some clever effects you can create with them.

Amy Johnson
Dec 18, 2008
LithoMosaic: The Art and Science of Decorative Concrete

Lithomosaics designs made in concrete from concrete.Robin Brailsford’s online resume lists her as “Artist, Inventor, Aesthetic Engineer.” The word “concrete” doesn’t makes its first appearance until the third page, but nonetheless, Brailsford has made a huge contribution to the art and science of decorative concrete through her patented invention, LithoMosaic.

Vanessa Salvia
Feb 26, 2015
L.M. Scofield Announces Decorative Concrete Award Winners

L. M. Scofield Co. has announced the winners of the third annual Decorative Concrete Awards contest. L. M. Scofield Co. has announced the winners of the third annual Decorative Concrete Awards contest. This contest is open to any contractor, architect or designer who uses or specifies Scofield systems.

Editors
Feb 6, 2011
Choosing the Right Roller Sleeve or Roller Cover

The perfect roller sleeve for use with floor finishes, sealers, paints, stains, epoxies and waxes.A roller sleeve or cover is commonly thought of as something found in a painter’s toolbox rather than a concrete contractor’s. However, rolling sealants and colors onto (and into) concrete has become an increasingly popular option in decorative concrete applications.

Chris Mayo
Oct 6, 2010
Things to Think About When Making the First Cut on a Polished Concrete Job

Exposing aggregate in a concrete floorWhen starting the first cut on a concrete slab, everyone wants to know how it will look when finished. Professionals know each concrete slab is different. The sheer numbers of variables mean no two pours or slabs will look the same.

Jennifer A. Faller
Dec 1, 2014
Concrete Overlays for Wood Surfaces Create The Ultimate Makeover

Mockups are indispensable. And trainings, which are widely available throughout the country, aren't a bad idea either.Tips for putting a polymer-modified cementitious overlay on top of a wood surface.

David Thompson
Apr 25, 2006
Concrete Contractor Finds True Passion in Decorative Concrete

A concrete wave built by David Pettigrew and his crew.This industry veteran doesn’t much care for the label of "artisan." Just call him a good concrete contractor with an eye for color.

Natasha Chilingerian
Nov 10, 2010
A Mosaic of Healing and Learning Using Exposed Aggregate Concrete

The tragedy created a bond between the boys' mothers, Milena Sellers-Phillips and Maria Keever. When Sellers-Phillips participated in the search for a murdered girl in 2010, the experience renewed her desire for a public memorial to Jonathan and Charlie.The tragedy created a bond between the boys’ mothers, Milena Sellers-Phillips and Maria Keever. When Sellers-Phillips participated in the search for a murdered girl in 2010, the experience renewed her desire for a public memorial to Jonathan and Charlie.

Gail Elber
Jan 10, 2014
A New Concrete Overlay Scores Points at a Sacramento Ballpark

Teamwork, expertise and a carefully picked set of products were the secrets to success during a recent concourse floor coating job at Raley Field, home of Sacramento's minor-league baseball team, the River Cats.Teamwork, expertise and a carefully picked set of products were the secrets to success during a recent concourse floor coating job at Raley Field, home of Sacramento’s minor-league baseball team, the River Cats.

Natasha Chilingerian
Apr 16, 2013
Concrete Stencils from Universal Templates

Universal Templates stencil was rolled onto this driveway and creates a uniform patternUniversal Templates manufactures plastic adhesive backed templates/stencils for the decorative concrete industry. The company has 15 different patterns, which can be purchased in 250 sq. ft. rolls (3 ft. wide x 84 ft. long) or in 500 sq. ft. rolls (3 ft. wide x 168 ft. long).

Editors
Oct 2, 2003
A Grand Fountain Becomes Retail Space Centerpiece

a grand, European-style fountain, more than 16 feet tall with four falls.The Streets at SouthGlenn, a sprawling new shopping destination in south Denver, boasts a block-long urban park with a brick fireplace, tall "legacy trees," gardens and cafes, and a centerpiece: a grand, European-style fountain, more than 16 feet tall with four falls.

Editors
Nov 11, 2009
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