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Concrete: Guaranteed to Crack

concrete does crackConcrete is going to crack and contractors should be prepared to handle certain issues when they happen.

David Stephenson
Apr 16, 2018
2017 Scofield Decorative Concrete Award Winners

Cresting wave concrete precast to ward off ocean wave power."Innovation" was the word of the day for Scofield’s 10th annual Decorative Concrete Awards which were presented during the 2018 World of Concrete in Las Vegas. Grand prize-winning “Scofie” projects in six categories were unique in their design and execution, with several recipients pushing the limits of their experience to try new things.

Editors
Church Street Gym Revived with Concrete Overlay

A little-known fact about New Castle, Indiana, (for everyone not a Hoosier) is that it's home to the world's largest high school gymnasium. Basketball fever is so rampant in this small town of 18,000 that the community raised the money needed to build a high school gym that seats 9,325 spectators.A little-known fact about New Castle, Indiana, (for everyone not a Hoosier) is that it’s home to the world’s largest high school gymnasium. Basketball fever is so rampant in this small town of 18,000 that the community raised the money needed to build a high school gym that seats 9,325 spectators.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Layering Color with Acid Stains on Concrete

Rule of thumb that says lighter acid stain colors first, darker colors on top. If you do it the other way around, chances are the darker color will swallow up the lighter one.There are as many techniques for layering stains as there are concrete artisans. Here are tips from some of the best in the trade.

Editors
May 11, 2005
How to Stamp Concrete into Walls and Corners

Texturing concrete or stamping concrete in a corner or wall taught here with a concrete texture skin on red concrete.Special mats and tools can be used to imprint the pattern or texture in these tight areas. Flexible (or floppy) mats typically have about half the weight of a regular mat and thus can be bent to get closer to the wall or corner.

Editors
Dec 2, 2003
Using Re-bar to Prevent Corner Cracks in Concrete

Placing two pieces of re-bar into freshly poured concrete in areas that are known to crack.Do you know how to prevent concrete cracks in the corners of a fresh pour? Doug Bannister has a tip that just might make your day.

Editors
Jul 14, 2001
Answers to Common Concrete Sealer Problems

New sealers compliant with VOC laws have contractors in cold sweats. With these tips, you can REALLY start breathing easier.New sealers compliant with VOC laws have contractors in cold sweats. With these tips, you can REALLY start breathing easier.

Bart Sacco
Jan 29, 2007
Diving Into Decorative Concrete Commercial Projects

Integrally colored concrete in a commercial parking lot.Thousands of contractors use decorative concrete in commercial projects because it is attractive, durable, affordable and easy to maintain. This article is about the explosion in commercial decorative work and how it may benefi t your company

Doug Carlton
Aug 2, 2007
The Rewards and Realities of Concrete Color Restoration

One man's loss can be another man's gain, though, and so it goes in the decorative concrete business if restoration work has a place in the portfolio.Unlike a fine wine, decorative concrete does not always age well.

Joe Maty
Aug 1, 2013
New UV Sealer For Concrete Countertops

Bar top that has been sealed with a UV rated sealer.As Bob Chatterton, co-owner of Surface 519, puts it, "Countertops are just a sealing nightmare. It's asked that they be resistant to everything under the sun."

So it seems a natural correlation to make a stain- and scratch-resistant coating that uses the sun - or at least the sun's ultraviolet rays.

Editors
May 13, 2009
Concrete in Disguise: Creative Use of Decorative Forms and Liners Make Concrete Look Like What It's Not

large scale colored concrete retaining wallStructurally unbeatable, decorative forms and form-liners are creating a timely and profitable advantage on more and more jobsites, big and small.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Oct 1, 2001
Concrete Inspired Art by Carole Vincent

Carole Vincent sculpted a piece of concrete into an artistic expression for a garden. Round bottomed piece with two people rising from the outside.Carole Vincent lives in Cornwall, England, in a house overlooking the sea. Her father was a concrete contractor and she grew up around the trade, originally working with concrete as a building material and then turning to more artistic uses for her favorite medium.

Editors
Jun 1, 2003
The Concrete Countertop Mix You Have Been Waiting For

This black concrete countertop using Quikrete countertop mix is a very elegant way to bring clean lines to a kitchenWith concrete countertops becoming more popular by the day, mastering the art has become a priority for many contractors. But finding the perfect mix of concrete and additives to mold into the tight corners and custom shapes of many countertop projects is a complicated, not to mention expensive, process.

Editors
Nov 10, 2007
How to use GFRC after the Batch is Mixed

Glass-fiber reinforced concrete, how to mix and use GFRCIn this article you will see how to properly apply your GFRC mix to your created forms once you’ve prepared it.

Brandon Gore
Aug 11, 2008
Bathroom Vanity Gets Industrial-Look Concrete Countertop

Unique concrete countertop with gauges to create a "pit stop" look.Although Shelley and Guy Chomistek of Rafter C Precast Concrete are no strangers to custom concrete countertops, this recent bathroom project held some unique creative challenges.

Editors
Nov 9, 2007
Memorializing 9/11 with an Engraved Concrete Map

The simple yet powerful design of this memorial included the piece of wreckage from the World Trade Center and a map of the Northeast coastline of the United States on concrete pavement that approaches the tattered beam. The map identifies the coastline and the three crash sites of that dreadful date.The simple yet powerful design of this memorial included the piece of wreckage from the World Trade Center and a map of the Northeast coastline of the United States on concrete pavement that approaches the tattered beam. The map identifies the coastline and the three crash sites of that dreadful date.

Karen Van Heukelem
Oct 21, 2012
Concrete Designs by Marvin and Lilli Ann Rosenberg

Giant concrete lizard made of tile, concrete and white cement. Native American stylingLilli Ann Rosenberg discovered concrete more or less by accident, when a concrete truck dumped a pile of wet cement in a vacant lot across the street from the Henry Street Settlement in New York City, where she taught art to children.

Rosemary Camozzi
Jun 1, 2003
Educate with Decorative Concrete Training Programs

Decorative Concrete Training Programs offer lucrative skills to students.Learning the necessary skills required for this type of concrete work produces high-quality results? Concrete Decor shares some thoughts!

Bruce Hackett
Feb 7, 2001
Tips for Polishing Preexisting Concrete Floors Profitably

If I were a contractor I would take “preexisting” projects over new projects every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

David Padgett
Dec 19, 2012
Integrally Colored Concrete in Today's Economy

How integral color has continued to establish itself in a down economy - and what’s next.

Kelly O'Brien
Jan 7, 2011
Remaking Rocketown

A Nashville youth center gets a  decorative concrete makeover as part of  the 2011 Concrete Decor Show & Spring Training

Emily Dixon
Apr 9, 2011
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