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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
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
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
Historical Museum Enhanced by Three Unique Concrete Floor Treatments

Putting down a beautiful concrete museum floor that doesn't distract from the artwork is, well, creating a work of art in its own right.Putting down a beautiful concrete museum floor that doesn’t distract from the artwork is, well, creating a work of art in its own right.

Emily Dixon
Feb 27, 2013
Concrete Walls Save Lives

fire started in a trashcan in the garage, slowly spreading into the ceiling and attic of the home. The concrete walls held up the roof over the house and they did not burnJust a little over three months after they first moved into their new home , a fire burned through the home’s garage, attic and roof, thanks to the home being build using ICFs..

Editors
Oct 24, 2006
Why Is My Integrally Colored Concrete the Wrong Color?

We just had a large stamped concrete patio completed, and we chose a light buff integral color with dark tan release powder. The resulting color of the concrete surface looks entirely different from the color we chose -- it's more like an antique rose color. We just had a large stamped concrete patio completed, and we chose a light buff integral color with dark tan release powder. The resulting color of the concrete surface looks entirely different from the color we chose -- it's more like an antique rose color.

Chris Sullivan
Aug 14, 2013
A Guide to Building Concrete Fire Features

How to build concrete fire featuresThroughout the United States and Canada, even in cold climates, homeowners are clamoring for outdoor kitchens and living spaces, using concrete as the material, to enhance the beauty, comfort and resale value of their homes.

Jeffrey Girard
Oct 4, 2014
A New Process for Tilt-up Concrete Walls

Pattern-crete uses tilt-up construction up side down.Ken Tucker, a resourceful contractor solves a potential color problem with a new process - turning tilt-up concrete panels upside down.

Amy Johnson
Apr 29, 2006
Make an outdoor fish prepping concrete countertop

Integrally colored concrete fish prepping table featuring an Oregon caught ling cod. This concrete fish prepping table top was made by Michael Dahl, who precast it in a foam mold and used small mixes of different integral colors to create the mottled effect. The top of the sink is ground to expose the aggregate within the concrete.

Editors
Jun 23, 2005
To Succeed in Decorative Concrete: Be Your Best

Stenciled concrete on an exposed aggregateTo be your best doesn’t mean you have to always do the most difficult concrete projects. It simply means you do your best work on every concrete project.

Greg Iannone
Jan 15, 2019
Shot Blasters and Concrete Surface Preparation

A shot blaster is the tool of choice for concrete contractors when prepping a surface.A shot blaster is the tool of choice for concrete contractors when prepping a surface. Shot blasting gives the surface a rough profile so coatings and sealers will bond snugly with a floor.

John Strieder
Nov 1, 2003
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
A Concrete Cocktail Table Helps Fight Disease

Concrete cocktail table that was donated to charityTopCrete Design Studios does a lot of amazing things with concrete. Recently, though, one of their creations itself did something remarkable — it helped fight AIDS.

Editors
May 7, 2008
When Contractors Assume the Role of a Design Consultant

A wooden desk with an orange chair sitting at it.Savvy contractors can gain greater project input and can secure more work for their companies by becoming involved with design professionals during the early stages of project design.

Howard Jancy, CSI, CDT
Jan 7, 2011
How to Store Partially-used Concrete Sealers

Two men using a concrete sealer to finish off a beautiful outdoor decorative concrete patio.One-part concrete sealer products are easily stored for reuse in the future. Of course, you want to avoid foreign contaminants, so don’t pour back into the container what you may have portioned off unless you strain the used material first.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Jul 3, 2005
Advanced Tools for Concrete Coating Applications

Concrete coatingsA good set of tools goes a long way. When it comes to applying urethanes, epoxies and other concrete coatings, it’s a necessity. In a world where you have to constantly monitor moisture issues, pH, efflorescence, and constantly changing weather conditions, the last thing you need to worry about is an underperforming tool.

Ted Uram
Apr 1, 2014
IDAL partners with Concrete Decor Show to present diverse educational offerings

Two women watching a man paint on an easel.Members of the International Decorative Artisans League (IDAL) will soon be traveling from across North America and from several countries around the globe to attend their annual national conference in San Diego, California.

Rik Lazenby
Aug 1, 2016
Robert J. Harris II, A Hard-Working Man with a Soft Side

Troweling down a decorative concrete overlay with a float.Driven by strong family values, high expectation for himself and those who worked beside him remain the leading role for his personal success as a cement mason and business owner,

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Feb 9, 2002
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