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Concrete Forms and Edge Liners Can Simplify the Job

edges of a concrete countertopWhen it comes to forming the edges of countertops, pool coping and steps, a good form liner or mold is an indispensable tool that can help you get the job done quicker and easier — no more hand chiseling or finagling a texture mat to give you a detailed edge.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Sep 12, 2019
Concrete Chess Table Stars in Backyard Spa Remodel

Concrete countertop with a chess board inlayedTransforming tired and dated backyard retreats into personal and welcoming family havens just so happens to be Scott Cohen’s specialty.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Sep 12, 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
Concrete Entrepreneur Founds Three Businesses

woodplank concrete overlay floorsA decade after he entered the concrete industry as an installer, Keefe Duhon is owner/president of three separate and successful companies based in New Iberia, Louisiana.

Chris Mayo
Jan 16, 2019
Designing a Basic Tile Pattern on Concrete

Rick Lobdell puts design into the concrete overlay.Now that summer is here I’m in full design mode on multiple projects that mostly involve basic tile patterns. Since I’m back in major math mode, I thought I’d share a challenging design project I did a couple of years ago for a client in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Rick Lobdell
Aug 20, 2018
Vertical Polished Concrete Inspires Innovators

On the job site preparing to polish concrete vertically at a church.What do you do when your client asks for polished concrete walls? Not many contractors have responded to that request in the affirmative so far, but some are starting to ask, “Why not?”

Amy Johnson
Oct 2, 2013
Transparent Concrete and Glass Fibers: The Future of Concrete

Transparent concrete - the futuristic building material21st century concrete on display in the exhibit Liquid Stone: New Architecture in Concrete, features innovations that range from translucent blocks and photoengraved building fronts to revolutionary materials that promise to change the rules of construction as we know them today.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 6, 2004
Metallic Tips From Troy Lemon

Metallic epoxy flooring tips from a proWhen it comes to working with metallics, there few ways you can make the job a better experience. And getting advice from of of the best is a step up.

Troy Lemon
Apr 5, 2015
Busting Some Common Decorative Concrete Myths

A wooden spoon holding a mound of baking soda. From a look at some of the most common myths, mistakes, and just plain wrong practices the decorative concrete industry has embraced as commonplace.

Chris Sullivan
Sep 15, 2009
The Science of Setting the Right Price for Your Services

A line graph showing cost vs productionThere’s a lot riding on your price. It’s a reflection of your brand value and the perceived quality of your work. Customers will even use heuristics to determine if your price per square foot is consistent with what they would expect to gain from hiring you.

Jacob Webb
Dec 20, 2012
Propane Equipment Use Takes Off as Concrete Polishing Industry Grows

 In particular, polished concrete is undergoing a transformation from equipment formerly reliant on three-phase power (either 208 or 480) to pro¬≠pane power for both grinders and vacuums.The construction industry has witnessed a “purging of the plug.” In particular, polished concrete is undergoing a transformation from equipment formerly reliant on three-phase power (either 208 or 480) to propane power for both grinders and vacuums.

Mike Dougherty
Apr 25, 2019
Polishing Contractors Should Address Pour-Backs, Trenches and Cutouts

Measuring moisture on a polished slab.For both new construction and remodel projects, polishing contractors face similar issues when trying to get concrete not poured at the same time to aesthetically match. This is a major problem in the world of construction.

David Stephenson
Jan 15, 2019
Be Careful When Using 100 Percent Solids Urethane on Metallic Floors

Blue metallics on concrete patioWhen installing a metallic epoxy system, urethane can be detrimental to a project’s outcome or a welcome addition to its success.

Jon Kopp
Jan 22, 2019
A Translucent Dye for Non-porous Cement-based Surfaces

Dye-n-Seal is translucent and does not depend on a chemical reaction. Davis explains that it is much more forgiving than similar products and is very easy to work with, which reduces the workload dramatically.Dye-N-Seal from Brickform is a translucent dye designed to penetrate and color any non-porous cement-based surface. It can be used with or without a stain.

Wendy Ardolino
Jul 11, 2006
How Polyaspartic Coatings and Concrete Countertops Work Together

A green concrete tabletop has been colored with polyaspartic coatingsFor decorative concrete artisans, an exciting new direction for polyaspartic coatings is countertops and sinks. One contractor, Dave Paterson of Desert Canyon Epoxy Floor Coatings, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., has elevated the technique he uses for commercial floors to counter level.

Jun 5, 2009
Tips for Grinding and Polishing Seeded Glass in Overlays

Grinding and Polishing Seeded Glass in OverlaysDecorative concrete is especially helpful for company branding purposes or to make a bright and impactful statement in an indoor or outdoor space.

In this light, it’s easy to see why glass adds a unique dimension. It’s different and it catches the eye, which is something appealing for businesses.

Heidi Hudnall and Dan Knuth
Nov 16, 2013
Decorative Concrete Tips: Cleaning a Pump Sprayer

Quickly clean a pump spray so you can use it over and over.Sprayers can be a real pain in the neck when they don’t work right, so I’d like to share a procedure that has worked well for us through the years. This was developed after throwing away a mountain of spent sprayer cans!

Bart Sacco
Jun 1, 2003
Wood Look Concrete Countertops in the Kitchen

Concrete countertops that take the wood look straight from the forest.Jeff Kudrick, product manager at J&M Lifestyles LLC, is always looking for innovative illusions to create in concrete. His latest endeavor was coming up with more traditional designs for vanities and countertops, as those make up the bulk of J&M’s sales. One solution? Concrete that looks nearly identical to wood.

Dec 18, 2008