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Surface Prep: Eliminating Chances for Concrete Failure

For thousands of years the permanence of concrete has made it an ideal construction and design medium for architects, engineers and builders.For thousands of years the permanence of concrete has made it an ideal construction and design medium for architects, engineers and builders. Even the word “concrete” is often used as an adjective to describe the reality, longevity and durability of everything from objects to ideas.

Jason Ryan
Sep 9, 2019
Today's Concrete Overlays are Durable and Good Looking

Concrete Overlays in a kitchen with concrete countertopsA baker knows when there’s a disaster in the kitchen, sometimes a little bit of icing can go a long way toward redemption. Concrete contractors have a similar option with overlays and an unsightly slab: The overlaid section not only looks better but the chemistry behind today’s overlay offerings often creates a much more durable surface than what was already there.

K. Schipper
Sep 13, 2012
Quartz Versus Limestone: Which sand is better in concrete overlays?

Concrete overlayquartz vs limestone and why you choose the sand you do for concrete overlayss’ strength comes from combining specific amounts of portland cement, sand, water and polymer. Sand type is an important component in decorative concrete and concrete overlays because overlays are typically applied thinner than standard concrete, yet still need to withstand the forces of foot and automobile traffic.

Bruce Grogg
Sep 6, 2019
Saving a Large Pool Deck From Mold

The center includes two indoor pools, a 6,500-square-foot pool deck and the fast-spreading stain of pool deck mold.Specialists in building protection consulting, including concrete restoration work were called to help with The Faucett Brothers Activity Center was a newly opened 60,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility. The center includes two indoor pools, a 6,500-square-foot pool deck and the fast-spreading stain of pool deck mold.

Editors
Jul 7, 2016
A "Cracked-earth" Concrete Mezzanine Overlooks the Rainforest Habitat

Surely you've heard the phrase concrete jungle, but what about concrete in the jungle?Surely you’ve heard the phrase “concrete jungle,” but what about concrete in the jungle? In this case, the jungle is the Rainforest Habitat at Discovery Place, in uptown Charlotte. The exhibit boasts wildlife ranging from birds and reptiles to vegetation such as palms and epiphytes.

Emily Dixon
Feb 27, 2013
Problems with Curing Compound and Wet-Grind Scratch Rows on Concrete

Problems with Curing Compound and Wet-Grind Scratch RowsA dissipating cure is exactly the right compound to use on a polished concrete floor. Generally, these types of curing compounds break down from traffic and exposure to sunlight and are mostly gone within a few weeks.

David Stephenson
Aug 15, 2014
Make Your Own Color Wheel

How to make your own color wheel.You will need a few basics to create your own color wheel - an artist's acrylic paint in yellow, blue, red, black and white, several, 3/4 inch wide, flat bristle brushes, 2 14 x 14 inch poster boards, a compass, a pencil, paper plates, scap paper and glue.

Gaye Goodman
Oct 2, 2015
Troubleshooting Topically Colored Polished Concrete

I was recently asked to troubleshoot issues on a polished concrete floor that failed to show vivid color, even after all the usual right steps were taken.I was recently asked to troubleshoot issues on a polished concrete floor that failed to show vivid color, even after all the usual right steps were taken. It was “The Case of the Disappearing Color.”

Jennifer A. Faller
Jul 1, 2013
A Variety of Tools and Techniques Adds Texture to Concrete Slabs

Texture roller skims the surface of a stenciled concrete slab giving a textured look.In this world, there are two types of concrete: concrete that’s flat, gray and utilitarian, and concrete that’s been shaped, colored and/or textured — and is considered art.

K. Schipper
Apr 11, 2017
Metallic Coating Application Tips from the Professionals

Applying metallics to the concrete with the help of green, yellow and red tape.Metallic coatings can be tricky and that is why we gathered some tips and tricks from some professionals who have more than dabbled in their fair share of metallics.

Editors
Jul 5, 2012
Up Close with Versatile Building Products

Near a clothing store dressing room is a sun stained on a concrete overlay surrounded by blue, green, and tan stained floor.Versatility is the name of the game with Versatile Building Products' floor and decking products.

John Strieder
Feb 18, 2004
Rock Tapestries in Mexico Feature Precast Concrete Pebbles

Rocks laid out in a pattern that has geometric design.These beautiful mosaics were made with precast concrete pebbles as well as beach rocks. They’re the work of Jay Manning and Concreations Inc., Bigfoot, Mont.

Editors
Jun 17, 2012
What Is In A Concrete Stamping Toolkit

Stamping mats for concrete come in a various sizes and shapes but make sure you have all of the ingredients in your toolkit before attempting a concrete stamping job.

Your Stamping Concrete Toolkit needs to contain basic concrete finishing tools as well as tools for stamping concrete. Look at what you should have on hand when doing a stamping concrete job.

Editors
Feb 1, 2004
Carved Red Rock Walls at the CLM Developments Office Building

Limestone based vertical wall treatment that looks like stone on a Las Vegas store. Colored pigments can be added to the limestone mix to match existing surface.Pete Johnson, who founded the U.K. division of the stone-effect coating system manufacturer StoneCoat, traveled to Sin City from his home in Manchester, England, last November for a project inspired by the natural stone colors found in Nevada.

Natasha Chilingerian
Jan 23, 2013
Dust Suppression System Offers Solution to OSHA's Regulations

DustAway system can easily be customized for just about any type of bulk mixer, it's not necessarily a product that's going to help smaller contractorsSometimes the solution to a problem is only an imaginative thought away.

K. Schipper
Jan 21, 2017
New Uses for Ice, Pool Noodles and Kitty Litter with Concrete

Ice, pool noodles and kitty litter can be used in decorative concrete work! Our article shares an expert's tips on how to use these common household items to make your decorative concrete work easier and more beautiful.An expert's tips on how to use these common household items to make your decorative concrete work easier and more beautiful.

Bryon "Bru" Bruington
Jul 9, 2014
Pathway of White Cement Spiked with Red Glass Aggregate

French kindergarten features concrete paths with wayfinding paw printsAs part of a public kindergarten renovation project in Villemomble, France, the town approached Eqiom Bétons to present samples of finishing possibilities for the Joseph Gallieni School’s outside pathways. And, in the end, the project turned out just ducky.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 10, 2017
Counter-Flo Concrete Countertop Admixture: a water reducer

Fritz Pak Concrete Countertop admixture water reducerCounter-Flo Concrete Countertop Admixture, an admixture from Fritz-Pak Corp., is intended to solve that problem. It’s a water reducer designed for use when creating concrete countertops and statuary. It helps concrete maintain an adequate flow rate with less water, allowing a contractor to lower the amount added to a mix.

Editors
Sep 1, 2005
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