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Concrete Decor Show: I'll be there ... will you?

Chris Sullivan meets with buyers at the Concrete Decor Show. Is there value in having a dedicated trade show for the decorative concrete industry? The short answer is yes. There’s tremendous value in having an industry-focused show. While there are decorative-devoted pavilions at other shows, they are just that — areas within other events.

Chris Sullivan
Oct 22, 2019
F-rated Floors Repaired to Achieve A+ Status

 Texas-based VLK Architects is no stranger to being recognized for its outstanding accomplishments when it comes to designing public schools such as the monumental and expressive Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center.Texas-based VLK Architects is no stranger to being recognized for its outstanding accomplishments when it comes to designing public schools such as the monumental and expressive Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 27, 2019
Pros and Cons of Commercial vs. Residential Concrete Construction

Weighing the pros and cons of residential vs commercial jobsAbout a week after having my fourth child, I received several kind comments and gestures from people across our industry. But two in particular stuck out. The first involved a residential client and the second was from a commercial general contractor. The interactions made me ponder the pros and cons of residential construction versus commercial.

Karen Keyes
Oct 25, 2019
Stain and Sealer in One by HP Spartacote

Stained concrete floor in a reddish brown with lighter grout lines.Many companies might have been satisfied with creating a successful coating system that has steadily gained in popularity. Wilmer Rowe, chief chemist of HP Spartacote LLC, is cut from a different cloth. Taking inspiration from some of the staining exhibits at World of Concrete, he began working toward creating stains that would integrate with HP Spartacote's polyaspartics.

Chris Mayo
Sep 15, 2009
New Ways to Sell Stained Concrete in Changing Times

Stained concrete floor in a brown and lighter brown color.The vast majority of return customers usually flow straight into the project’s objective, colors, design, etc., but this conversation was anything but typical. Each time when asked about designs or expectations the customer brought up price and budget.

Doug Carlton
Apr 20, 2012
Bubbles, Balloons and Broken Glass: Concrete Ideas from Outside the Box

A floor in whole foods where a balloon of pigment was dropped on a floor to get the desired affect.Mike Miller explores examples of the concept of sensory concrete, which gives the material a voice. Sometimes the material is the concrete itself, and sometimes it's the material or the process influencing the concrete.

Mike Miller
Apr 9, 2010
Using the Right Sealer for Your Climate

Sealed concrete driveway by Stephens ConcreteFor years, Tyler Stephens, owner of Stephens Concrete Sealing in Indianapolis, used to use your typical film-forming sealer on his outdoor concrete projects. “It left a little sheen behind and had nice curb appeal, but it didn’t bead water the way penetrating sealers do,” he says.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 17, 2019
Troubleshooting Concrete Countertops: Tips from the Experts

concrete countertop with cracksIf you're new to making concrete countertops, you may have encountered any of a number of pesky problems. Even experienced concrete countertop artisans encounter a problem now and then, but they will also tell you that practice makes perfect.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Feb 4, 2006
Trio Creates Heartfelt 9/11 Memorial in Watchung, New Jersey

Project was 'A Journey of the Heart' for Everyone Involved 9/11 Memorial in Watchung, New JerseyWhen sculptor Seth R. Alexander teamed up with concrete artisan Richard Winget and his son, Jacob Winget, to create the Watchung 9/11 Memorial in New Jersey last summer, the task truly involved the whole borough of Watchung.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 4, 2018
10 Unusual Concrete Creations

Inversion Sink Artisan in Concrete: Justin Burd and Nathan Smith, Set In Stone Concrete Design HouseHere, the Concrete Decor staff shares its top 10 favorite out-of-the-ordinary concrete creations that were featured or almost featured in the past 99 issues. The thin-shell pavilion and fabric-formed planter tied for first place, while the faux bois sconce and slippers tied for second.

Jul 2, 2015
The Time Has Come for This Colorful Concrete Aztec Calendar

That intriguing disk is an Aztec calendar colored with SS products. That intriguing disk is an Aztec calendar colored with SS products. Coyne Edmison, general manager of The Stamp Store, a retailer affiliated with SS, sent us the rest of the story.

Apr 29, 2012
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
7 Strategies for Managing Working Capital in a Concrete Business

A purple ball point pen next to a blank check.When business is slow and credit is tight, you must do all you can do to preserve working capital, also referred to as operating capital. It’s an important financial metric calculated as current assets minus current liabilities. It’s the difference between the money you’ve been paid and the cash you owe.

Jacob Webb
Jan 24, 2013
Ten Tips for Concrete Countertop Manufacturers

A man moves a countertop by machines so he doesn't have to lift heavy things with his own strength.Mark Celebuski, general manager of Pinnacle Cast Concrete, wants to share some of his hard-earned wisdom with the readers of Concrete Decor. He has developed a list of 10 tips he thinks will help concrete countertop makers in particular improve their businesses.

Mark Celebuski
May 31, 2009
Add Faux Concrete Rocks to Your Decorative Concrete Portfolio

Whether you create them on site or buy them precast, faux rocks can be a valuable part of your portfolio.Whether you create them on site or buy them precast, faux rocks can be a valuable part of your portfolio.

John Strieder
Jul 1, 2005
Creating a Self-Consolidating Concrete Countertop Mix

Gray concrete countertops in this kitchen.Self-consolidating concrete is a highly technical mix. It is not an easy mix to create, since it requires an understanding of how all the ingredients work together. What’s more, specialized testing is required to characterize and optimize the mix.

Jeff Girard
Apr 16, 2012
A Concrete Artisan's Strategy for Marketing Like Apple

A swimming pool with several levels and concrete walls.Cory Hanneman has put a lot of thought into developing a sales strategy for decorative concrete that involves, in his words, “raging against the big-box machine” and its road map of “massive selection and predictability.”

Oct 6, 2013
Magical World of Concrete

2004 Walt Disney World tour of many different types of decorative concrete, from concrete staining to concrete overlays.Photo highlights from our tour of Disney World, plus the inside story of how concrete makes the park what it is today.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Mar 5, 2004