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Surface Prep: Eliminating Chances for Concrete Failure

For thousands of years the permanence of concrete has made it an ideal construction and design medium for architects, engineers and builders.For thousands of years the permanence of concrete has made it an ideal construction and design medium for architects, engineers and builders. Even the word “concrete” is often used as an adjective to describe the reality, longevity and durability of everything from objects to ideas.

Jason Ryan
Sep 9, 2019
Going Beyond Square-edged Countertops

Edge form for concreteAlthough rocker Huey Lewis made headlines singing how it was “Hip to be Square,” artisan Ben Ashby couldn’t quite jibe with that mantra when it came to concrete countertops. Back in the early ’90s, others in the fledgling decorative concrete business — like FuTung Cheng and Buddy Rhodes, he remembers — were perfectly fine with square-edged countertops but Ashby wanted more for his creations.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Sep 14, 2019
Quartz Versus Limestone: Which sand is better in concrete overlays?
quartz vs limestone and why you choose the sand you do for concrete overlays

Concrete overlays’ strength comes from combining specific amounts of portland cement, sand, water and polymer. Sand type is an important component in decorative concrete and concrete overlays because overlays are typically applied thinner than standard concrete, yet still need to withstand the forces of foot and automobile traffic.

Bruce Grogg
Sep 6, 2019
Calvary Christian School Art Room, Holland, Mich.

Concrete Overlay of a yellow sunflower in Christian school in MichiganWhat better place is there to experiment with various decorative concrete techniques than in a high-school art classroom?

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Sep 4, 2012
Using Sealers to Fight Freeze-Thaw in Concrete

Freeze thaw issues shown here would be mitigated with the use of penetrating sealers.Watch out for water, especially in climates where you get cold winters. Water is by far the biggest challenge you will face as a decorative concrete professional. Words like “spalling,” “flaking,” “pitting” or “chipping” are not what people making a living in concrete want to hear. and rarely do these words mean a satisfied customer a profitable month.

Doug Carlton
Feb 27, 2013
Your Mock-up Materials Matter, So Don't Cut Corners

Paint colors in reds, oranges and yellows along side some paint brushes.There is an increase in complaints about the final color not matching the sample or mock-up. In all cases, a small mock-up was created, finished and cured as specified, and eventually accepted by the client. Fast forward to the actual job placement, and all of a sudden the color no longer matched the mock-up sample.

Chris Sullivan
Oct 21, 2012
Arizona-based Artist Offers Colorful Concrete Clocks

Concrete clocks that have decorative elements included.If you’re looking to outfit your house from top to bottom in concrete — floors, walls, kitchen and/or furniture — what better way to top it off than with a concrete clock?

Editors
Apr 15, 2012
Treating and Preventing Concrete Burns

Todd Rose's wedding-day photo shows his acid-scabbed hand underneath that of his bride, Sarah.If you work with concrete you already know how abrasive, alkaline and caustic it is.

To put it simply, as portland cement dries, it will absorb water from any source in order to harden. That means it will suck the moisture from your skin as well.

Liz Schick
Jun 5, 2012
Light-emitting Cement Could Light Roads Without Electricity

Light emitting cement Phys.org announced research that could lead to a way to light roads, highways or bicycle lanes without electricity.

Editors
May 12, 2016
Concrete Steps Make The First Impression

Step liners can be stripped earlier than other forms because they are made from different materials letting the concrete set up faster.Concrete steps can be the centerpiece of a house's façade and a showpiece of the decorative concrete craft.

Editors
Feb 17, 2002
10 Favorite Concrete Decor Magazine Covers

Concrete Decor Cover Vol 12 No 4From day one, we put a lot of thought into the covers for each issue of Concrete Decor magazine. Because it isn’t available on newsstands, we don’t have to try to appeal to the average grocery shopper standing in line, but we definitely want our cover images to be attention-grabbing.

Editors
Jul 8, 2015
How to Make Your Concrete Ready-Mix Supplier Part of Your Team

Construction crew pouring integral colored / pigmented red concrete into a sidewalk form.Contractors, subcontractors and suppliers can sometimes be put in adversarial roles. Because of the low-bid mentality that still dominates most construction sectors in the United States, trust is not always what it should be.

Vance Pool
Oct 21, 2012
Thai Summit America Polishes Over 1 Million Square Feet of Concrete

polished concrete floors in a large sheet metal stamping plantThai Summit America Corp. is a multinational corporation with facilities in Asia and North America. The company has been a leader in the sheet metal stamping industry for the last 20 years. The company recently polished more than 1,000,000 square feet (yes, that’s more than 1 million square feet) in their Howell, Michigan, production plant.

Editors
Jul 24, 2014
Spectacular Outdoor Concrete Entertainment Space

For Scott Cohen, owner of The Green Scene Landscaping and Pools in Northridge, Calif., creating spectacular, outdoor entertainment and leisure spaces is second nature, but many of his jobs require much more than bringing a vision to life.For Scott Cohen, owner of The Green Scene Landscaping and Pools in Northridge, Calif., creating spectacular, outdoor entertainment and leisure spaces is second nature, but many of his jobs require much more than bringing a vision to life.

Natasha Chilingerian
Oct 21, 2012
Tips for Repairing Decorative Concrete

Using a method from Roadware to fill in the cracks to repair this decorative concrete.Colors must be matched. Costs must be controlled. There are all sorts of variables to consider when repairing a decorative concrete floor. Luckily, several products aim to help you get things fixed.

Mike Dawson
May 1, 2008
Transitioning to Decorative Concrete

Transitioning to Decorative Concrete Doug Carlton of Carlton Concrete offers sound advice on how to transition your structural concrete business into one that specializes in decorative concrete applications.Transitioning to Decorative Concrete Doug Carlton of Carlton Concrete offers sound advice on how to transition your structural concrete business into one that specializes in decorative concrete applications.

Doug Carlton
Aug 4, 2006
Technology Park in Alabama Turns to Polishable Overlays

Polishing 52,000 square feet of floor is never an easy task, but some jobs can be more demanding than others.Polishing 52,000 square feet of floor is never an easy task, but some jobs can be more demanding than others. This was one of them. It took contractor Darryl White and a crew of five 11 weeks to prep, polish and finesse the artwork for the floors of Alabama Robotics Technology Park.

Editors
Nov 5, 2010
Museum Exhibit Incorporates Overlay System and Colored Concrete

Salmon spawning walkway near OMSI in Portland, Oregon, made of concrete and concrete colors.Along the Willamette River's eastern shore, where it cuts through the heart of Portland, Ore., there stretches a long walkway, a favorite spot for locals to run or ride along the riverfront.

Kelly O'Brien
Oct 21, 2012
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