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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
Sink In and Admire the View

Concrete sink and countertop bathroom vanityCrafting countertops and sinks out of concrete brings out the best of the material’s chameleon-like qualities.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Mar 21, 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 Drain Covers Enhance Surrounding Concrete

decorative drain grate in concrete beautifies an area that is usually overlooked.Let’s say you’re part of a design and construction team that has settled on a stunning look for a high-profile exterior concrete project — the entry to a corporate office, a monument to fallen heroes or maybe a creatively upgraded pedestrian walkway for a downtown shopping district.

Joe Maty
Nov 5, 2015
University Building Transformed by New Dye System

Fast-Stain by Wescoat creates vibrant colors on the floor.Westcoat Specialty Coating Systems has sent us some photos and information of a striking dye installation in the classrooms, hallways and main entrance of the United States University building in Chula Vista, Calif.

Editors
Jul 6, 2011
Hand-Shaped Faux Stones Made to Look Like Tin Foil

The end result was a floor made with hand-shaped rectangular stones, each individually colored so that no two would look exactly the same.Ryan Neal of SBR Concrete was hired by a former client to create a basement floor that had to be not only easy to clean, but also unique. The end result was a floor made with hand-shaped rectangular "stones," each individually colored so that no two would look exactly the same.

Editors
Feb 19, 2010
Concrete Countertops Elevate Design Style

Glossy Red concrete Countertop in a bright kitchen. Stained concrete floors vibrant colors.What type of hard surface can give off a mixture of colors, patterns and sheens? Not marble or slate. Nope, it’s concrete, one of the trendiest materials used for decorative countertops.

Rob Spiegel
Feb 13, 2008
Quality Polishing Diamonds: A Polisher's Best Friend

Husqvarna floor grinder sitting back so the bottom pads are show.Although a good grinder/polisher will take other types of pads besides diamonds, the industrial version of the gemstone is a must for a wide range of tasks. And, there’s the rub: just as with jewelry, these diamonds are seen as being expensive.

K. Schipper
Dec 2, 2016
Sticks + Stones Furniture Wins 2014 IIDA/HD Product Design Competition

Sticks + Stones Furniture Wins 2014 IIDA/HD Product Design CompetitionThe winner of the IIDA award for Best Product Design in the Outdoor Seating category was Sticks + Stones' newest signature piece, the Social Circle. The new Social Circle Firepit is a versatile and low-profile concrete piece that sits up to six people comfortably on beautiful western cedar and can be installed both indoors or out.

Editors
Jul 1, 2014
Pros and Cons of Outdoor Concrete Stains

Concrete patio sealed with two coats combining color and sealer.Of all the different types of decorative concrete, exterior staining is the most affordable. It also requires the least manpower. But this is an article on how your business can be sure to pick the right exterior staining product to create the outdoor paradise your clients value the most.

Doug Carlton
Nov 1, 2007
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
L. M. Scofield Co.'s 2014 Decorative Concrete Awards

turtle stained into concreteThe sixth annual Decorative Concrete Awards were announced recently by sponsor L. M. Scofield Co. The contest honors contractors and designers who use Scofield decorative concrete materials.

This year, for the first time, the contest was divided into six categories.

Editors
Feb 15, 2014
Stenciled logo for Fort Meade

Ft Meade stencil logoBart Sacco of Kingdom Products and Rachel Knigge, a stencil artist with FloorMaps Inc., collaborated to produce a logo on a floor at a new Army/Air Force main exchange at Fort George G. Meade in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Editors
May 20, 2016
Bathrooms are Transformed with the Concrete Tub

Concrete tub that was custom made for this space using black concrete.They’re heavy and they can be hard to install. But for some customers, decorative concrete tubs are worth every drop of sweat.

Christina Camara
Feb 13, 2008
Cheng Design Awards Best in Concrete Countertop Design

Concrete and wood countertop by Eric Boyd, Reaching Quiet Design, Charlotte, N.C.Concrete countertop guru Fu-Tung Cheng saluted his latest group of top proteges at January's World of Concrete.

Editors
Feb 16, 2007
Transparent Concrete and Glass Fibers: The Future of Concrete

Transparent concrete - the futuristic building material21st century concrete on display in the exhibit Liquid Stone: New Architecture in Concrete, features innovations that range from translucent blocks and photoengraved building fronts to revolutionary materials that promise to change the rules of construction as we know them today.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 6, 2004
How Can You Minimize Sealer Slipperiness on Concrete?

Sealing a concrete patioUsing grit additives has become the most common method for reducing slipperiness when sealing decorative concrete flatwork on exterior walking surfaces. The grit additives are mixed into the sealer, then the gritty sealer is applied to the concrete. However, in this situation the weather was too cold to reseal the concrete. So another method needs to be used until springtime arrives and temperatures rise.

Chris Sullivan
Apr 1, 2014
Good Communication is Your Key to a Successful Decorative Concrete Business

Listening to a decorative concrete clientThe difference between a professional contractor and an unprofessional contractor often comes down to communication. Obviously, the quality of your work goes a long way.

David Stephenson
Jan 1, 2015
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