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Concrete Contractor Expands and Diversifies into Decorative Field

Polished concrete floor reflecting overhead lights Shawn Halverson, CEO of Surfacing Solutions Inc.in Temecula, California, talks about the time some years ago when he took a break from construction after working in the structural concrete industry for about 21 years, beginning in the mid-1970s. Then, this phenomenon called decorative concrete emerged as a major player in the trade, and Halverson became intrigued.

Joe Maty
Apr 19, 2019
How to Avoid Blisters and Pin Holes in Decorative Concrete Overlays

The issue of blisters and pin holes occurring on the surface of cast-in-place concrete and resin-based coatings and sealersThe issue of blisters and pin holes occurring on the surface of cast-in-place concrete and resin-based coatings and sealers is well documented, but sur­prisingly very little is published regard­ing the same issues in decorative overlays.

Chris Sullivan
Apr 27, 2019
New Cement Can Contribute to a More Sustainable World

This question is more complex now -- despite the answer, consumers ask if the construc¬≠tion materials used are sustainable.In decorative concrete, a common question is, “Is it form before function, or function before form?” This question is more complex now — despite the answer, consumers ask if the construc­tion materials used are sustainable. Is there such a thing as a low-carbon swimming pool, a low-carbon counter­top or an environmentally friendly polished concrete floor?

Nick de Ocampo, LEED AP
Apr 26, 2019
Concrete Impresses Guests at Dog Resort

Interior floors at the resort were treated with three different overlays, Dimmick reports. About 11,000 square feet of floor area was overlayed with CrownFlake epoxy and CrownHybrid vinyl flakes.Decorative concrete is going to the dogs. Or at least that’s the impression visitors are getting at Paws by the Lake, a pet boarding facility that opened recently in Avon Lake, Ohio.

Editors
Dec 18, 2008
Plastiform Flexible Plastic Forms for Curved Concrete

Radius concrete can be made easier with Plastiform formsForming requirements for decorative concrete often involve radius and curved sections. Plastiform™ concrete forms can be used to set up curves as small as a 3-foot bend radius. The forms are very quick to setup using a cam-lock clamp that fastens the forms to stakes.

Editors
Aug 18, 2002
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
Concrete Professionals Should Mind Their Manners While on Mobile Phones

Iphone in rose gold sitting on a concrete countertop.While on mobile phones, concrete contractors should conduct themselves professionally to make a good impression wherever they may be.

Ashley Kizzire
May 26, 2017
Fast Self-leveling Concrete Crack Repair Product

Two part repair product for cracks in a concrete slab.DP-600 Concrete Repair products from 3M offer a fast way for concrete repair people to get their fill.

Editors
Nov 8, 2005
Maritime Museum Gets a Decorative Concrete Upgrade

Maritime museum with woodplank concrete floorsHurricane proof concrete planks made to look like the original wood floor of the museum were the perfect touch. Durable, easy to clean and homey, the North Caroline Maritime Museum couldn't have asked for a better fit.

David Searls
Jan 10, 2010
Solid Tips for Improving Your Bid's Chances

If you've been in business for even a short while, you've invested your time and efforts in identifying bid opportunities. You diligently filled out all the necessary documents, put the insurance and bond requirements in place, met the time restrictions, obtained the correct license and so on.If you've been in business for even a short while, you've invested your time and efforts in identifying bid opportunities. You diligently filled out all the necessary documents, put the insurance and bond requirements in place, met the time restrictions, obtained the correct license and so on. Then you sit back waiting to hear if you were the one who was awarded the project.

Tamryn Doolan
Feb 8, 2010
Cracking the Case of Cracks in Overlays and Toppings

Ideas for how to repair cracking overlays that are replicating the cracks from the concrete below.Ideas for what to do — or not to do — with cracks in overlays.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Oct 10, 2005
The Smart Chair to Hold Rebar in It's Place Prior to Concrete Pour

Plastic holders for rebar that will hold rebar up before and during a concrete pour. Smart Chairs were designed by contractors for contractors. Constructed with recycled high-strength polypropylene plastic, the chairs are designed to support steel, eliminate wire ties and stop steel displacement.

Editors
Dec 7, 2003
Elegant Concrete Overlay Provides a Touch of Modernity to Apartment Complex

Sundek of Washington, Chantilly, Va., installed about 7,500 square feet of Sundek Classic Texture in Pewter Gray, Mission Tan and Clear for architect Adam Steiner, of Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., and developer Mill Creek Residential Trust.Sundek of Washington, Chantilly, Va., installed about 7,500 square feet of Sundek Classic Texture in Pewter Gray, Mission Tan and Clear for architect Adam Steiner, of Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., and developer Mill Creek Residential Trust.

John Strieder
Jan 9, 2014
Second Graders Love Decorative Concrete

Second Graders Love Decorative ConcreteThe way to homeowners' hearts is through their kids. So why not market decorative concrete to second graders?

Editors
Jun 18, 2013
Alternatives to Liquid and Powder Release for Concrete

What do dice and sea shells have in common with concrete.Liquid and powder aren't a contractor's only choices when considering release agents, and Richard Smith's contracting company seems to have explored many of the alternatives.

Editors
Feb 22, 2006
A Round Concrete Chair Becomes Part of Design

Luna Loungers, round concrete chairsJustin Brown, owner of 2Stone Designer Concrete in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, had the idea for Luna Loungers for quite a while. “It’s basically a round take on a square chair,” he says. He finally made the idea into something tangible.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Apr 2, 2016
Floating Color-Hardened Concrete

Tossing red color hardener onto a slab of concrete.There's more to color hardener than color. The material inspires a chemical reaction, and it works best when worked in with a float. Timing is essential, and so are the right tools.

Loretta Hall
Aug 11, 2007
Concrete Contractor Takes Leap to the Decorative Market: Carlton Concrete, Visalia, California

Garden pathway made with imprinted concrete winds its way through this homeowner's backyard.Doug Carlton says he tried his darnedest to stay out of the decorative concrete market. With both his father and grandfather traditional concrete contractors, he was quite content to maintain the status quo when he started his own company back in 1987.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 3, 2004
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