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Magnetic Stamps are Big Draw to Concrete Installers

Magnetic stamps by Proline.Imagine you own a company that supplies concrete contractors with the tools for their trade. You offer a product that has been the industry standard for decades and is essential to most contractors in your industry. Your company sells a lot of them and they are a good source of income. Your company is a recognized industry leader as a provider of the product.

Chris Mayo
Oct 22, 2019
How Does Moisture Move Through Concrete?

Understanding how moisture moves through concrete is critical to successful flooring.Understanding how moisture moves through concrete is critical to successful flooring. It helps you reduce the risk for future moisture-related flooring failure during installation. It also helps you identify and assess the cause of moisture-related issues that have already occurred.

Jason Spangler
Oct 30, 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
Magic Trowel Smooths Concrete Surfaces Without the Trowel Line

Using a Magic Trowel can help you achieve a smooth finish without trowel lines.Originally developed for finishing drywall, this magical tool smooths concrete surfaces without leaving any trowel lines. “We’re getting so many calls from concrete people,” says Joe Torres, president of TexMaster Tools, which makes the Magic Trowel. “The guys in this industry are going crazy!”

Editors
Oct 25, 2004
The Science of Thin, Polymer-Modified Toppings

Polymers aren't as colorful as pigments, acids and other raw materials used in decorative concrete. But because they help thin cemetitious toppings hold together, they are just as important.Polymers aren’t as colorful as pigments, acids and other raw materials used in decorative concrete. But because they help thin cemetitious toppings hold together, they are just as important.

Amy Johnson
Nov 16, 2008
Outdoor Tropical Retreat Restaurant Gets Facelift with a Concrete Overlay

Decorative Concrete Floor in RestaurantA five-star resort will often go the extra mile to achieve the perfect ambiance. But a resort in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, actually went an extra 2,500 miles to Sundek headquarters in Arlington, Texas, to get the decorative concrete deck it wanted for its outdoor restaurant and lounge.

Gail Elber
Jan 11, 2015
Green building - Hype or Hope?

Green building through the use of concrete is playing a major role in the way many modern-day projects fit together.I'm not exactly the poster boy for the LEED program, as you can guess. However, with so much chatter about "sustainable sites" and "Energy Star scores" these days, I was kind of thinking it might be a good time to clear the air.

Doug Carlton
May 12, 2009
Technology Will Improve Job Site Safety

When it comes to safety in the construction industry, technological advances will make the workplace of the future more connected.When it comes to safety in the construction industry, technological advances will make the workplace of the future more connected.

K. Schipper
Nov 28, 2018
The Great Debate: Glossy Sealers vs. Matte Sealers

Most people will tell you choosing the gloss level of a sealer mostly comes down to preference and personal taste.Most people will tell you choosing the gloss level of a sealer mostly comes down to preference and personal taste. But besides aesthetics, what are some factors to consider when choosing one finish over another?

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Apr 16, 2013
A Passion for Innovation Keeps this Concrete Contractor Excited about the Trade

Concrete kitchen countertop has a bi level bar area and is an L shaped kitchen.With a natural bent for innovation, this third-generation Santa Cruz contractor brings a unique touch to his decorative work.

Brad Jeske
Feb 26, 2004
Teaching Decorative Concrete in Universities

Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Programs are teaching decorative concrete in universities across the country.Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Programs are teaching decorative concrete in universities across the country.

David Searls
Nov 10, 2010
A Guide to Removing Built-Up Residue from Polishing Concrete

Removing Built-Up Residue from ConcreteSurface preparation is the crucial beginning stage of any concrete polishing process. It is especially important in old office buildings, warehouses or department stores where tile or carpeting once covered the flooring, leaving behind residue that must be removed before applying an overlay or polishing. Photo courtesy of Stoops Freightliner

Heidi Hudnall and Wendy Runyon-Ricker
Apr 2, 2014
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
Polished Concrete Floor Reflects Local Culture at Knight Museum

Polished concrete floor with aggregate trucked from nearby areas to give perfect effect.You've heard of Stonehenge, right? How about Carhenge? It's an installation of half-buried cars, all laid out in a circular pattern that mimics the site's much older and more famous cousin. The pocket of western Nebraska that includes Carhenge and the nearby town of Alliance can seem about as windblown and mystically alien as the legendary British Isles site itself.

David Searls
Jan 9, 2010
Insights on What Helps Concrete Contractors Succeed

Contractors across the country share insights on what helps them succeedWhile surveying my peers, I discovered that contractors approach projects differently and require a great variety of tools to get the job done. Perhaps this is why our industry is so innovative and unique.

Karen Keyes
Jun 15, 2016
Marketing Your Work With Photos

Bank entrance stained with images of coinsIn today’s world, we tend not to listen anymore. There are so many of us, we are all talking, and our words have become background noises for the stimuli that really distract us. If you want to say something today, you have to use the language that transcends culture, geography, and time. You have to use imagery.

Steven Ochs
Feb 18, 2007
Buddy Rhodes's Sculptable Concrete Mix Yields Beautiful Results

Vanity base made with Buddy Rhodes productsOur friends at Buddy Rhodes shared this project on their Facebook page and we were so enamored with it and the other projects that this lady has done that we wanted to share it further.

Editors
Feb 26, 2015
Straight Talk on Stamping Curved Concrete

With concrete sealers it is best to keep sprinklers from repeatedly wetting the surface of the concrete.There’s nothing like a nice curve, but advance planning is essential. Ask any man and he will confess the more curve the better. Ask any women and she will agree curves are good as long as they flow — no bulging. Ask a decorative stamping crew and they will agree curves can cause loss of sleep at the design and installation phase.

Doug Carlton
Jun 2, 2005
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