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For Best Results, Plan Ahead for Concrete Joint Placement

Using control joints as design.Joints — both construction and control — are parts of almost every concrete project. Whether the job is a stained patio or a stamped sidewalk, good planning and a little extra care can help create a finished surface that’s both attractive and properly jointed.

K. Schipper
Jan 21, 2019
The Art, Science and Strategy of Concrete Color Restoration

Lap pool that has a restored concrete pool deck.Stained, integrally colored or other decorative concrete treatments will eventually need a freshening up if not a total do-over.

Joe Maty
Jan 18, 2019
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
How Asbestos Abatement Affects Polished Concrete

Asbestos is very dangerous when found in tiles and glue on concrete and needs to be professionally abated.Asbestos is very dangerous when found in tiles and glue on concrete and needs to be professionally abated.

David Stephenson
May 26, 2017
Achieving the Look of Acid Stain With a Water-based Alternative

Tucked into the stadium that houses the Detroit Tigers, this sports bar features a lush decorative concrete floor.Tucked into the stadium that houses the Detroit Tigers, this sports bar features a lush decorative concrete floor.

Erin F. Ansley
May 31, 2009
Water Drainage Options for Decorative Concrete

Metal grates can be made from galvanized steel, stainless steel, iron or brass. Because of this, and because of the wide range of material and load class ratings, metal grates vary widely in cost.Tips on choosing the right type of drain system — and for ensuring that it doesn't ruin the look of your decorative concrete project.

John Strieder
Oct 19, 2006
The Importance of Control Joint Fillers in Concrete

Smoothing out the bead of joint filler on this concrete floor with a scraper.The choice of filler and sealant product for a decorative slab is influenced by the amount of movement taking place, the kind of abuse the surface will be taking, and, of course, how the filler will look.

Loretta Hall
Feb 11, 2008
Myth-Perceptions in Polished Concrete: Setting Up For Success or Failure

Microsoft campus in Washington state polished and colored with water-based dyes.The one universal truth about the polished concrete industry is that, sadly enough, there is no universal truth. We don’t agree about what defines polished concrete, what steps are important, or what is the best way to steer the industry.

Peter Wagner, CSI
Jul 16, 2010
Acid or Water-based Stains to Color Concrete are a Matter of Personal Preference

The choice of acid or water-based stains to color concrete is near equally divided.What's the difference between concrete and decorative concrete? One of the first indicators is whether it has the dull gray color of … well, concrete, or if it incorporates a natural or even not-so-natural hue, tone or shade. Of course, there are also several ways to add color to concrete, depending on the needs and desires of the client.

K. Schipper
Mar 17, 2018
Trade Shows: What's in Them for You?

man at tradeshow with attendeeThe decorative concrete industry is a niche market with a lot of players competing for work. An internet search for “decorative concrete contractor” will bring up nearly 3 million entries, and “concrete artisan” generates nearly 1 million. In local phone books, however, there are typically no such entries.

Victoria K. Sicaras
Jul 1, 2016
Floating Concrete Tools for Finishing Concrete Floors

Multiple concrete floating tools displayed in a circle on a concrete floor.One of the most basic yet important steps in finishing concrete, floating is as much of an art as it is a science. After the heavy lifting and digging involved in preparing a site for pouring concrete, floating it contrarily requires precise tools and a light hand.

Elizabeth Gillette
Jan 26, 2007
Concrete Overlays are Limited Only by the Boundaries We Create

Step by step process of an overlay concrete floor with acid etch stainA step by step process of an overlay concrete floor with an acid etch stain process.

Editors
Mar 17, 2003
Recipes: Stamping & Texturing Concrete

It's well-known that one of the best selling points of decorative concrete is its ability to mimic other materials with incredibly fidelity while still delivering the versatility, affordability and durability of concrete. Stamped and textured concrete is an area of decorative work where that quality really shines.Three unique looks achieved by seasoned veterans with stamping and texturing tools - an authentic travertine tile look, a cobblestone finish and a patio with hand-tooled brick.

Kelly O'Brien
Oct 6, 2010
Concrete 'Spaces' by Material Immaterial Studio Celebrate Inspiration

Miniature concrete home provides inspirationMaterial Immaterial studio are a team of product designers who have recently worked with concrete. They created a group of objects they call 'Spaces.' The Spaces are a collection of nine unique concrete pieces measuring 2.44 inches by 2.44 inches by 2 inches that are designed to celebrate the "amalgamation of space and volume."

Vanessa Salvia
Jul 8, 2015
Managing Slack is a Business Fundamental

Slacking man on concrete stenciling jobThere is a big hairy monster lurking around your business. He’s not easy to detect and he has a real nasty habit of stealing from you. The monster I speak of is called “slack.”

Jacob Webb
Sep 4, 2012
When Water Attacks: Effective Drain Systems for Decorative Concrete

Water is the enemy of decorative concrete. And the water can come from anywhere. Most often, it comes from irrigation sprinklers that are installed well after the concrete contractor is done.How to prevent water damage from spoiling your project. Water is the enemy of decorative concrete. And the water can come from anywhere. Most often, it comes from irrigation sprinklers that are installed well after the concrete contractor is done.

Robert Spiegel
May 1, 2007
Seven Tips for Getting Better Texture on Stamped Concrete

tips for better texture on stamped concrete - Stamped concrete can be a beautiful addition to any property. However, poorly textured concrete can be an eyesore for the owner and a headache for the contractor. Stamped concrete can be a beautiful addition to any property. However, poorly textured concrete can be an eyesore for the owner and a headache for the contractor.

Steve VandeWater
Aug 18, 2015
Stamped Concrete Backyard Makeover in Stafford, Virginia

Tropical themed backyard with stamped concrete stained flagstone lookIt’s doubtful that any homeowner has found a more elegant way of decorating a neglected piece of land whose main feature is a septic tank field than the owners of the “Hidden Oasis,” a tropical-themed project that blossomed in a residential backyard in Stafford, Va.

David Searls
Feb 19, 2012
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