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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
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
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
Out, Damned Spot! Tips for Cleaning Concrete

While it isn't necessarily an issue with every coating job -- think quarter-inch urethane -- Young says there are several options once a problem is recognized.While a mechanical — or other — method of preparing concrete for an overlay will generally remove whatever is on the existing surface and open it up for the new application, it’s not always enough.

Editors
Feb 20, 2017
Know Your Concrete Countertop Sealer Types

Here are brief descriptions of different sealing materials - and some of the qualifications and circumstances you need to consider when dealing with products in each category.Here are brief descriptions of different sealing materials - and some of the qualifications and circumstances you need to consider when dealing with products in each category.

Editors
May 1, 2010
What to Know when Buying Mixers and Pumps for Decorative Concrete

.What should contractors look for before purchasing a mixer? How does size and application play into the mix?Some facts and advice in the form of questions and answers that may help you maneuver the market if you’re interested in learning more about mixers and pumps.

Jim Farrell
Jan 14, 2017
Decorative Concrete Tips: Evaporation Reducers

Sunset over lake wisps of evaporation off a crack in a glacier. epod.usra.edu We all know that the weather plays a huge factor in our trade. Trying to figure out the ever-changing weather conditions and how they affect our work is the lifelong journey of every dedicated concrete installer. As we all know, weather can change in a very short period of time despite what the weatherman calls for on TV.

Bart Sacco
Dec 1, 2002
Decorative Concrete Makeover at SAY Sí Earns a Resounding 'Yes!'

Front entrance of Say Si with a fountain, stamped concrete and a stained logo.Transforming more than 5,500 square feet of flooring surfaces, creating a vertical sculpture and constructing a waterfall is no small task, especially when the majority of the work is done over just two days. However, that’s exactly what happened at SAY Sí, a teen art center in San Antonio, Texas.

Emily Dixon
Apr 19, 2012
Color-crazy Concrete Floors at The Stain Store in Austin, Texas

Color-crazy Concrete Floors at The Stain Store in Austin, TexasAt The Stain Store's new location in north Austin, Texas, 600 square feet of flooring in the showroom and tool room was overlaid with Miracote MPC, scored with curved joints, then stained with Mirastain II alcohol-based stain, Butterfield Elements. Stain Store's own metallics were used in the tool room.

Editors
Sep 12, 2013
Artistry in Decorative Concrete Demos at the 2013 World of Concrete

Layered blue, white and black slab with stencils and concrete stains.Images from the Artistry in Concrete demos at World of Concrete 2013. Many of these artisans also were many of the trainers at the 2013 Concrete Decor Show in Charlotte.

Editors
Feb 10, 2013
Keep Your Concrete Pliable with the Right Aggregate

Aggregate used in concrete close-up. What type of concrete is the best choice for a concrete mix?Experts offer some rock-solid advice. Any concrete mix is an attempt to balance cost, placeability and setting time while maintaining the necessary qualities of strength and durability.

Gail Elber
Jun 1, 2003
10 Business Tips to Help Your Concrete Business Be More Successful

We invited some business leaders and our Facebook friends to share with us their tips for running a successful business. What we considered to be the 10 best tips were printed in the July 2015 issue of Concrete Decor Magazine, which happened to be our 100th issue which we celebrated with 10 lists of 10 items to make up 100.We invited some business leaders and our Facebook friends to share with us their tips for running a successful business. What we considered to be the 10 best tips were printed in the July 2015 issue of Concrete Decor Magazine, which happened to be our 100th issue which we celebrated with 10 lists of 10 items to make up 100.

Editors
Publisher's Letter - February/March 2018

Letter from the Publisher Feb/March 2018 Concrete Decor magazine.If you’re like me, the Weather App is getting a lot of attention as these dreary winter days continue. And darn if it isn’t snowing outside — AGAIN! The bright side is at least the days are getting longer.

Bent Mikkelsen
Mar 13, 2018
5 Tips for Photographing Concrete Hardscapes

concrete waterfall modern styleThe beauty of decorative concrete comes from its versatility and stunning final results. Each project’s unique traits help sell the next project. However, your future potential clients don’t necessarily have access to your past projects, which is why photography is a crucial component of your marketing plan — regardless of your company’s size.

Karen Keyes
Jan 8, 2017
Using White Cement on Gray Concrete

Bright white cement used as an overlay for an ordinary gray slab gives the option to add bright pure colors to the concrete.Achieve pure, consistent color while providing your customers a highly reflective surface. Ninety-nine percent of the cement used in the United States is gray. The other 1 percent is a startlingly bright white color. Because it represents such a small share of the market, many contractors know little about white cement concrete.

Loretta Hall
Feb 2, 2006
Designing Decorative Concrete with Good Composition in Mind

Staining concrete or painting concrete what is the difference. Here a man is painting concrete after a stencil was removed from the acid stained concrete.Artists approach design as a space-filling exercise. As such, the first thing they consider is the format within which they will be working. The shape of the format will radically alter the distribution of elements within it. The elements of design are the simple building blocks artists have to work with.

Gaye Goodman
Jan 5, 2015
Cheng Concrete Design Award Winners

Cheg Concrete awarded Best in Show in its fifth annual Circle of Distinction Design Challenge to Keelin Kennedy and her Chicago-based firm, Barefoot Design.Cheg Concrete awarded Best in Show in its fifth annual Circle of Distinction Design Challenge to Keelin Kennedy and her Chicago-based firm, Barefoot Design.

Editors
Feb 13, 2009
Fast Install of Microtoppings in Old Building Pushes Concrete Contractor to the Limit

Concrete floor with cementitious overlays Concrete Concepts of NJ Inc. collectively burned some major calories when installing new flooring at the Weight Watchers International corporate offices in New York City.

Joe Maty
Nov 1, 2013
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