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Seal Exposed Aggregate Concrete for Best Results

A penetrating sealer preserves the concrete without changing the look, allowing the exposed aggregate to retain its natural appearance and color.Exposed aggregate concrete is a decorative concrete look that will enhance the curb appeal of driveways, pool decks, sidewalks and patios. It’s achieved when the top layer of concrete has been removed to expose the rocks underneath.

Tyler Stephens
Jun 13, 2019
Vendors Bring New Concrete Products to Contractors

Vendors displaying their goods at a tradeshow for potential buyers.The more things change the more they stay the same. This is an adage I’ve heard my entire life without ever really giving it any serious thought. What does it even mean? Well, in the context of this article let’s take a closer look.

Greg Iannone
Jun 5, 2019
2019 Concrete Decor Show Focuses on New Products and Demos

Training and demos at the 2019 Concrete Decor ShowBringing new products to the people is part of what the Concrete Decor Show is all about. The four-day event slated for Oct. 28-31, 2019 at the Arlington Convention Center in Texas will also emphasize demonstrating those new products using state-of-the-art techniques during exhibition days as well as at the show’s workshops and seminars.

Jun 5, 2019
Polished Concrete Benches Create Unique Patterns

The benches all lined up create a unique design.Justin Hawkins and his Lincoln, R.I., outfit, Livingstone Studios, sent us these photos of arrangable cast concrete benches they created for the Rhode Island School of Design’s Chace Center.

Feb 23, 2011
Basic Building Blocks of Polishing Concrete

Polished Concrete floor high gloss reflecting a drumset.Identifying some of the basic building blocks of polishing and examine them in terms of “myth” or “accurate perception.”

Peter Wagner, CSI
Oct 6, 2010
Putting a New Stamp on Concrete

Rope stamp by butterfield color placed on integrally colored concrete.A number of new technological innovations give today’s contractors more choices when they’re looking to make an impression.

Matt Robinson
Feb 13, 2008
How to Choose Abrasives for Polishing Concrete

The processes used for polishing concrete are quite possibly the most misunderstood piece of the business.The processes used for polishing concrete are quite possibly the most misunderstood piece of the business. A tremendous amount of sales propaganda is available that can either provide some clarity or add serious confusion.

David Stephenson
Mar 11, 2017
Standing Out on the Vegas Strip

Gelcoat application on a reflection pool in Las Vegas New York New York Casino A new breed of seamless, spray-on, waterproof, protective coatings.

Apr 29, 2016
Understanding the Green Scoring System

Green palm fronsTo start learning how to describe concrete's green qualities, you need to understand how green points systems work. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most commonly used green rating system for buildings in North America.

William D. Palmer Jr.
Feb 13, 2009
Slip Stone Extruded Wall System

The new Slip Stone System works to enhance extruded form wall applications much more efficiently.Rolling Along! Slip Stone System Enhances Extruded Walls. For extruded form wall applications, decorative concrete is no longer a stranger.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Oct 7, 2001
How to Achieve Natural Looking Stamped Concrete with Color Hardeners

Broadcasting color hardener onto a curing slab of concrete prior to placing a stamping mat.Experts share their knowledge on everything from preparation to application — including how to achieve the most natural-looking colors.

Amy Johnson
Feb 1, 2006
Artisan Recreates Masterpieces with Colored Concrete

Concrete painting made with thinned out concrete.When Christina Arnall signed up for Ben Ashby’s advanced countertop class in Las Vegas about four years ago, she had no idea it would lead to an epiphany. It began when Ashby introduced the group to his ½-inch admix being used to create a shower panel and they decided to color it blue.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Dec 2, 2018
What Causes Hot-tire Pickup on Stamped Concrete?

Example of hot-tire pick up on stamped concrete driveway and how to prevent sealer sticking to tires The issue of car tires pulling sealer from concrete is known as “hot-tire pickup.” The initial conclusion most people make when they hear “hot-tire pickup” is that a hot tire is melting the sealer and causing it to peel off the concrete.

Chris Sullivan
Aug 5, 2014
Recipe: Polishing and Engraving a Logo into a Concrete Basketball Court

Sacramento Kings Basketball court concrete floor polished and engraved concrete.A technique that incorporates an embossed team logo, handsome basketball-inspired line art and a beautifully rich planking pattern into one stunning polished and engraved floor.

Kelly O'Brien
Oct 9, 2011
The Pros and Cons of Taking On Military Concrete Polishing Projects

AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service) showcases polished concrete projects in many of its stores up to 150,000 square feet.

As a polishing consultant I get to wear several different hats, but by far the largest amount of my time is spent managing polished concrete programs for retailers. Polished concrete is an aesthetically beautiful and valuable flooring solution, but it is fairly specialized.

David Stephenson
Feb 27, 2013
Even Kids Love Decorative Concrete

Thanks to contractor Chris Swanson of Colour and his team, the students now have their very own There’s a very lucky group of kids at Bluff View Private Preschool in Fresno, Calif. Thanks to contractor Chris Swanson of Colour and his team, the students now have their very own “city” to play in.

Jun 19, 2008
Cheng Design's NeoMix for Concrete Countertops

Cheng's NeoMix was used to make this display for an upscale shoe boutiqueThe NeoMix system, from Cheng Design, makes it easy to create beautiful countertops. The system includes admixtures, custom-developed pigments, water reducers, semi-precious aggregates, sealer, wax, and finishing pads and tools.

Photo courtesy of Cheng Desgin

Aug 19, 2003
New HEPA Certification and Hazardous Dust Regulations

Filters on vacuums can be the difference between good and really, really bad.Several pages into the Environmental Protection Agency's new Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, there is a statement pertaining to the use of HEPA certified vacuums:

Nov 8, 2010