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Maintenance Plans Can Potentially Please Both Parties

If done right, polished concrete -- and other decorative concrete approaches -- offer low-maintenance solutions in interior and exterior settings.If done right, polished concrete — and other decorative concrete approaches — offer low-maintenance solutions in interior and exterior settings.

That’s “low-maintenance” as opposed to “no-maintenance” or “maintenance-free.”

Joe Maty
Mar 17, 2019
Know the Difference Between Demos and Training

Solomon/Brickform Training and DemoI think we can all agree we’d be happy if the decorative concrete industry were bigger. You know, if the pie were just a little bit bigger. What are we doing as an industry to positively influence the decorative market? What are you doing as a contractor, material supplier or manufacturer to help grow the pie?

Greg Iannone
Mar 18, 2019
Helicopter Makes Concrete Job Uplifting

Since the cranes for a rooftop hardscape project had moved on before the precast concrete furniture was ready, a helicopter was hired to do the heavy lifting.Since the cranes for a rooftop hardscape project had moved on before the precast concrete furniture was ready, a helicopter was hired to do the heavy lifting.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Mar 19, 2019
Decorative Concrete Contractor Finds Success By Staying Up On Trends

Decorative drain placed in stained concrete on pool deck.Networking and new techniques help keep John Belarde’s Seattle-area decorative concrete outfit on the sunny side.

Kelly O'Brien
Jan 7, 2010
Protecting Yourself When Working with Acid Stain

Two people in white coveralls on a boom lift acid staining walls.Some materials you handle as a concrete worker can be hazardous to your health, including the concrete itself. Wet concrete can burn your skin, while concrete dust can hurt your lungs.

Acid stain is comparatively pretty safe — but there are still some safety procedures you should consider.

Liz Schick
Jul 9, 2012
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Concrete Pours

Large scaled eagle engraved and colored in concrete.Engrave-A-Crete, which manufactures tools and templates to engrave concrete, has come up with a state-of-the-art solution to help contractors help clients envision designs for their decorative concrete projects.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 3, 2005
Concrete Troubleshooting Stories That Make You Go Hmmm

Putting the pieces of the puzzle together.It's that time of year again - the time when I review the hundreds of questions and situations I dealt with in 2010 looking for those special few that made me pause and just think, "Really?"

Chris Sullivan
Nov 10, 2010
Custom Concrete Floors for a Growing Food Service Chain

They had been searching for a system where they could produce the same consistent look store after store. One of their general contractors looked around online and told the Potbelly project manager he thought the D├╝raamen overlay products would be a good fit.Potbelly Sandwich Works had been searching for a flooring system where they could produce the same consistent look store after store. One of their general contractors looked around online and told the Potbelly project manager he thought the Düraamen overlay products would be a good fit.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 24, 2013
Decorative Concrete Tips: Complete Estimates are an Essential Part of the Job

The Importance of EstimatingFor the decorative concrete contractor — or any contractor — the estimating stage of any project is critical. Here at the Renew-Crete Systems training seminars, I stress the importance of a complete and thorough estimate.

Joe Francis
Mar 14, 2003
New Uses for Ice, Pool Noodles and Kitty Litter with Concrete

Ice, pool noodles and kitty litter can be used in decorative concrete work! Our article shares an expert's tips on how to use these common household items to make your decorative concrete work easier and more beautiful.An expert's tips on how to use these common household items to make your decorative concrete work easier and more beautiful.

Bryon "Bru" Bruington
Jul 9, 2014
Reactive Stain Effects on Concrete Using Household Items

Ironite is a brand of fertilizer that is composed of primarily iron sulfate in a clay granule.In fact, it was recommended that we avoid promoting this product and, if we had to sell it, that the variegated results should be disguised by buffing with a colored wax.

Michael Miller
Jun 5, 2012
Stone-textured Overlay Transforms Maine Ski Resort

Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Resort Hotel in Carrabasset Valley, Maine.Michael Day of Day's Concrete Floors Inc., North Monmouth, Maine, was hired in 2011 to do some serious makeover work at the Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Resort Hotel in Carrabasset Valley, Maine.

Editors
May 10, 2012
The Science of Thin, Polymer-Modified Toppings

Polymers aren't as colorful as pigments, acids and other raw materials used in decorative concrete. But because they help thin cemetitious toppings hold together, they are just as important.Polymers aren’t as colorful as pigments, acids and other raw materials used in decorative concrete. But because they help thin cemetitious toppings hold together, they are just as important.

Amy Johnson
Nov 16, 2008
The Complete Decorative Concrete Contractor

The colors were stains and tinted sealers from Increte, and metal inlay was used on the perimeter.Five veteran contractors and artisans provide insight by explaining where their decorative concrete journeys began, how their skill sets grew and how diversification has affected their careers.

Natasha Chilingerian
Feb 11, 2011
What Is In A Concrete Stamping Toolkit

Stamping mats for concrete come in a various sizes and shapes but make sure you have all of the ingredients in your toolkit before attempting a concrete stamping job.

Your Stamping Concrete Toolkit needs to contain basic concrete finishing tools as well as tools for stamping concrete. Look at what you should have on hand when doing a stamping concrete job.

Editors
Feb 1, 2004
Researchers File Patent for Fire-resistant Concrete

fire resistant concreteScientists at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) have added polypropylene (PP) fiber to a concrete mix. The technique allows water vapor to escape, preventing pressure from building inside the concrete, making it more fire-proof.

Editors
Jan 15, 2016
The Rundown on Concrete Polishing Machines

Polishing a floor requires the right tool for the job.In this Tooling section, Concrete Decor magazine focused on walk-behind models, handheld models, edgers and other tools that can be helpful to decorative contractors on small and medium-sized jobs.

Editors
Feb 19, 2007
Cold Weather Stamping

Some people say don't stamp in cold weather but a few pro concrete contractors say different.We all know there are times when you just can’t get around stamping in cold weather. Here are some helpful hints.

John Strieder
Jan 2, 2006
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