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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.

Jul 11, 2019
Use of Vertical Concrete is on the Rise

Concrete water feature Looking for a way to expand your business’ offerings or add a little more creativity to your life? Either way, the vertical surfaces market may be for you.

K. Schipper
Jul 14, 2019
Brightly Colored Concrete Sculptures a First for Fabricator

Concrete sculpture by Rob Lan“Three Concrete Sculptures,” recently on exhibit in Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery’s courtyard in Los Angeles, marked fabricator Rob Lan’s maiden voyage into decorative concrete.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 12, 2019
Reinforced Filament Scoring Tape for Concrete

Scoring tape for cutting into concrete, easily identifies where you need to cut for a flawless finish.Unlike a chalk line, the tape always provides a visible line to follow. Scoring tape extends between two points and adhere's firmly to the surface. Once the tape is in place, simply following the black line with the saw to produce a clean, straight line.

Jul 12, 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
CPAA Adopts New Position on Measurement of Polished Concrete Floors' Slip-Resistance

polished concrete floor slip resistanceIn April 2015 the Concrete Polishing Association of America (CPAA) adopted a new position on the measurement of slip resistance of bonded-abrasive polished concrete floors.

Jennifer A. Faller
Sep 30, 2015
Colorado Hardscapes: From Humble Beginnings to a Large Scale Concrete Company

A large scale concrete glove and baseball fits in nicely at the local ball parkColorado Hardscapes of Denver has made it its business to come up with concrete solutions for a wide variety of customers, both commercial and residential.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jun 15, 2004
Successful Concrete Businesses No Matter Where You Call Home

An outdoor kitchen project by Elements, a decorative concrete company in Sheridan, Wyo.Doug Carlton discusses his favorite trait of the decorative concrete industry: Passion.

Doug Carlton
Jan 7, 2010
Breathtaking Ocean Views from Pale Gray Italian Terrace

It was Niemeyer, a decorative concrete pioneer, who selected naturallooking concrete for the terrace, Seminati and ITAL.PAV.I.'s Massimo Ruggiero say.The latest creation of Brazilian architect and artistic concrete pioneer Oscar Niemeyer draws you into its grand oval entrance with a cool, understated terrace of pale gray.

Natasha Chilingerian
May 10, 2010
Vibrant Epoxy Floors Match this Restaurant's '50s Vibe

The Corvette Diner job involved the application of epoxy that shows off checkerboard, curve and circle patterns in black, white, bubblegum pink and turquoise.The floors at this theme restaurant are alive with eye-popping pinks, blacks and sparkles. But the story about how they were sealed is just as much of a conversation-starter.

Natasha Chilingerian
Nov 10, 2010
Concrete Countertops Push the Limits of Creativity

A circular ripple design placed in a concrete countertopIt's pretty easy to create a concrete countertop that looks like a garage floor. But branching out from flatwork to countertops means embracing completely different ideas on aesthetics and performance, not to mention learning different skills. Mike Moncrieff has made the leap.

Chris Camara
Apr 14, 2007
Scofield Stamps Mimic Keystone Slate

The Pennsylvania Slate series is modeled after a natural slate found in the Keystone State. The rock is popular there as an accent for traditional architectural styles.A new stamp pattern from L.M. Scofield Co. offers serious stampers a taste of old America.

Jul 9, 2005
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.

Dec 3, 2001
A Variety of Tools and Techniques Adds Texture to Concrete Slabs

Texture roller skims the surface of a stenciled concrete slab giving a textured look.In this world, there are two types of concrete: concrete that’s flat, gray and utilitarian, and concrete that’s been shaped, colored and/or textured — and is considered art.

K. Schipper
Apr 11, 2017
Warm up to the opportunities presented by Radiant Floor Heating

Heating tubes seen in a yet to be poured concrete slab. Will be used to heat the house with warm radiant floor heating system.Radiant heat delivers warmth without ducts and registers; heats evenly, in an energy-efficient manner; and is silent. There are hydronic (hot water) and electric systems.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Mar 7, 2003
Restore, Refurbish, Maintain: Caring for Colored Concrete

Restoring a train station using Scofield Colors.You don't have to stain in vain — restoration and maintenance can fight age and wear on just about any colored concrete slab.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Apr 16, 2007
Recipe: Trash Aesthetic Acid Stain

Acid staining is unpredictable by nature, but after years of experience, several of the country's most gifted artisans have developed techniques that incorporate the stains into tried-and-true effects.Acid staining is unpredictable by nature, but after years of experience, several of the country’s most gifted artisans have developed techniques that incorporate the stains into tried-and-true effects.

Kelly O'Brien
Aug 8, 2010
Online Community for Vertical Aficionados

Vertical carved concrete acts as an entry to a wine cellar.Vertical Artisans, launched in January 2008 at Verticalartisans. com, presents training videos and articles by experts. The site aims to offer a broader perspective than can be found at schools or training centers that, besides being bound by the limits of time and space, are often devoted to one manufacturer’s product line or one artisan’s techniques.

May 8, 2008