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Concrete Contractor Expands and Diversifies into Decorative Field

Polished concrete floor reflecting overhead lights Shawn Halverson, CEO of Surfacing Solutions Inc.in Temecula, California, talks about the time some years ago when he took a break from construction after working in the structural concrete industry for about 21 years, beginning in the mid-1970s. Then, this phenomenon called decorative concrete emerged as a major player in the trade, and Halverson became intrigued.

Joe Maty
Apr 19, 2019
How to Avoid Blisters and Pin Holes in Decorative Concrete Overlays

The issue of blisters and pin holes occurring on the surface of cast-in-place concrete and resin-based coatings and sealersThe issue of blisters and pin holes occurring on the surface of cast-in-place concrete and resin-based coatings and sealers is well documented, but sur­prisingly very little is published regard­ing the same issues in decorative overlays.

Chris Sullivan
Apr 27, 2019
World of Concrete 2019 Didn't Disappoint

The 2019 show, which marked the 44th time World of Concrete has been held, topped the charts as the largest show in more than a decade.The 2019 World of Concrete has been held, and it topped the charts as the largest show in more than a decade. The annual extravaganza for the concrete and masonry industries attracted 60,511 attendees and more than 1,500 exhibiting companies spanning 776,800 square feet of space in the Las Vegas Convention Center in January 2019.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Apr 17, 2019
Decorative Concrete Carving in Minus 25 Degrees

Gray carved concrete in cold weather.Decorative concrete craftsman and landscaper Randall Klassen cannot afford to let cold slow him down. He works in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Cold comes with the territory.

Editors
Dec 12, 2012
How to Fabricate Molds for Concrete

Using a sprayer to prep the inside of a GFRC countertop.Forms serve many functions beyond simply containing the concrete. The formwork defines the precision and, to some extent, the quality of the casting. Well-made forms create straight lines, fair curves and right angles and lead to easy, effortless installation.

Jeffrey Girard, P.E.
Apr 10, 2017
Cheng Concrete Circle of Distinction 2010 Award Winners Announced

Sink wins award from Cheng ConcreteFu-Tung Cheng announced the winners of Cheng Concrete’s 2010 Circle of Distinction Design Challenge, the longestrunning awards competition honoring design and craftsmanship in decorative concrete, at the Concrete Decor Show in Phoenix.

Editors
Apr 5, 2010
Ask Concrete Decor: Acid Staining, Powder Release Agents and More

Ask Concrete Decor a question, have it answered.Need to have a decorative concrete question answered? Ask it!

I am new to acid staining and would like to know the best floor prep for staining on old and new concrete?

Editors
Feb 11, 2001
ASCC/DCC Awards Go To Best Concrete of the Year

First Place: Tom Ralston Concrete, Santa Cruz, Calif. J. Ellington Library, San Jose, Calif.The Decorative Concrete Council, an arm of the American Society for Concrete Contractors, has selected these projects as the best of 2008 in their categories. These results represent the DCC's first annual decorative concrete competition.

Editors
Feb 13, 2009
Troweled Toppings on Concrete

Troweled toppings on concrete gives this floor a rustic look.It has been said that mistakes in life are what build character, and the same can be said about finishing concrete. Your finishing technique can make the difference between an almost perfect finish with clearly visible blemishes and an artistically rendered hand-troweled surface filled with character.

Elizabeth Gillette
Sep 17, 2008
How to Maintain Decorative Concrete

How to maintain a stamped concrete patio with new sealer.You've created something beautiful. Here's how to keep it that way. While maintenance of concrete is minimal — that's the beauty of it — decorative concrete does require regular cleaning and resealing to extend its life and eye appeal for years into the future.

Christina Camara
Mar 1, 2003
Colored Concrete Sealer with a Reflective Shine

Elite Crete Reflector Enhancer added to clear concrete sealer.This incredibly simple staining application lends a distinct reflective sparkle to any floor.

Editors
May 6, 2009
Well-placed Joints in Concrete Help Channel Cracking

When it comes to concrete -- as with so many other things in life -- people tend to judge a book by its cover.When it comes to concrete — as with so many other things in life — people tend to judge a book by its cover. There’s nothing like a giant crack or a crumbling corner in a recent concrete placement to make an unhappy customer.

K. Schipper
Jan 20, 2019
Border Tools and Designs

Horses stamped into concrete and stained a reddish brown color.Classic Native American patterns, wild horses, tropical fish: today's border-stamp makers are living on the edge.

Sue Marquette Poremba
Jun 17, 2007
Slip Resistance Guide for Concrete Surfaces

Standards for slip resistance for concrete floors. Yellow sign with grey man slipping.Part of the problem has to do with standards for slip resistance: Who has guidelines and which ones do you use for decorative concrete? Then there is the testing aspect: Which testing methods are appropriate and reliable, and in what testing conditions?

Susan Brimo-Cox
Jan 10, 2006
Decorative Concrete Winners Named During ASCC Ceremony at WOC

This year's WOW! Award for the best overall project went to Baker Concrete Construction in Fort LauderdaleThe Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, recognized the winners of its eighth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition during a ceremony at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

Editors
Apr 15, 2016
Art Museum Now Has a Parking Garage Worthy of its Mission

Polished concrete at Kimball Art MuseumThe Kimbell Art Museum houses one of the country’s most well-known collections of art. The original building, designed in 1966 by Louis I. Kahn, opened in 1972. In 2010, ground was broken on an expansion, this time utilizing the design of Italian architect Renzo Piano.

Vanessa Salvia
Aug 19, 2014
Unpredictable yet Beautiful - Meet Concrete Acid Stains

The familiar mottled patterns of these stains are still in demand. What's more, contractors have new ways to try for that look.The familiar mottled patterns of these stains are still in demand. What’s more, contractors have new ways to try for that look.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Mar 18, 2009
How to Officially Test Slump in Concrete

For practical purposes, most seasoned contractors can tell if the slump is right when they see the concrete coming down the chute.Most decorative concrete contractors don’t conduct standardized tests when pouring driveways, pool decks or the like. For practical purposes, most seasoned contractors can tell if the slump is right when they see the concrete coming down the chute. Learn how to get official results the easy way.

Editors
Oct 9, 2004
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