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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
World of Concrete 2019 Didn't Disappoint

The 2019 show, which marked the 44th time World of Concrete has been held, topped the charts as the largest show in more than a decade.The 2019 World of Concrete has been held, and it topped the charts as the largest show in more than a decade. The annual extravaganza for the concrete and masonry industries attracted 60,511 attendees and more than 1,500 exhibiting companies spanning 776,800 square feet of space in the Las Vegas Convention Center in January 2019.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Apr 17, 2019
Wall Art All About 'Sustaining Life' at 2019 Decorative Concrete LIVE!

 Using recycled and natural material, artisan Cindee Lundin worked her magic once again during Decorative Concrete LIVE! at the 2019 World of Concrete.Using recycled and natural material, artisan Cindee Lundin worked her magic once again during Decorative Concrete LIVE! at the 2019 World of Concrete.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Apr 27, 2019
Stamping Concrete the Old-Fashioned Way

How to stamp concrete without texture mats or texture skins.Unique Concrete, a family-run business out of West Milford, N.J., stamps concrete without the stamp and texture mats of today. Instead, they use old-fashioned tools to create a layer of what they call “cast-in-place concrete tile or stone.”

Todd Fisher
Sep 4, 2012
Metallic Epoxy Tips and Techniques

Using metallic epoxyMetallic floor coatings are a very exotic-looking flooring option. Unlike with solid-color pigment or chips, no two metallic floors are alike.

Jon Kopp
Jun 5, 2014
Unpredictable yet Beautiful - Meet Concrete Acid Stains

The familiar mottled patterns of these stains are still in demand. What's more, contractors have new ways to try for that look.The familiar mottled patterns of these stains are still in demand. What’s more, contractors have new ways to try for that look.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Mar 18, 2009
Concrete Finisher Takes Over Family Business After Apprenticeship

dual-tone stained concrete floor Mike Riggs is a guy who can say that he really did grow up in the concrete business. His first job was for Progressive Concrete Works, a concrete company his father started in 1954 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Vanessa Salvia
Jan 14, 2015
Transforming Poorly Polished Concrete Floors for Profit

How to update poorly polished concrete floors.All concrete polishers are aware of the many subpar polished floors out there that are giving polished concrete a bad name. I get several calls each week asking how to fix a bad floor, so I am sure that you are dealing with this as well.

Jennifer A. Faller
Mar 18, 2011
Decorative Concrete Maintenance from a Customer's Perspective

Maintaining a concrete floor - he maintenance for polished concrete is simple. Basically, you sweep it regularly, scrub it on a schedule with appropriate cleaners and burnish it a few times a year. This sounds simple, right? In some cases, this works out perfectly. In others, not so much.The maintenance for polished concrete is simple. Basically, you sweep it regularly, scrub it on a schedule with appropriate cleaners and burnish it a few times a year. This sounds simple, right? In some cases, this works out perfectly. In others, not so much.

David Stephenson
Nov 1, 2014
Water-based Surface Retarder Creates Unique Decorative Finish

SurfEtch byt Butterfield Color on this walkway.SurfEtch from Butterfield Color is a water-based mild surface retarder that, when used with fresh concrete, exposes the sands in the concrete for a unique decorative finish. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, it can add slip resistance and is solvent-free. Best of all, it’s easy to apply for even the beginning contractor.

Editors
Apr 9, 2011
Joints: Control Your Concrete Cracks

After determining how far apart you should place the concrete control joints, how deep should you cut them? Well, that all depends on whom you ask.Tips for mastering the art of joint placement in a concrete slab.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 4, 2006
Tip: Using Concrete Sealers to Create Color Effects

Solvent based concrete sealers darken the color of concrete. Water flowing stained concrete floor used as guidance for visitors.On a project where different colors are desired, a simple solution is to use a solvent sealer in the darker field and a water-based sealer or a stand-alone wax (for interior projects) in the lighter field.

Shellie Rigsby
Feb 2, 2004
One of the Best GFRC Mix Designs

Large GFRC concrete countertop with a slanting sink made by Brandon Gore.Let’s start at the beginning: What is GFRC, what are its benefits and what are its downsides? GFRC stands for glass-fiber reinforced concrete. The GFRC I use is a composite of portland cement, silica sand, Forton VF-774 , Liquefaction Compound, Vitro Minerals VCAS-micronHS, water, and alkali-resistant chopped glass-fiber strands.

Brandon Gore
Jun 19, 2008
Manufacturer Profile: Stegmeier Corp.

An alternative to a pre-cast concrete wall capA disposable foam form for cast in place concrete wall caps to be, creating cantilevered edges that look great but won't bust the budget.

Contractors in need of custom wall caps typically choose between pre-cast concrete, which is elegant but pricey, or cinder block caps, which are — and look — a lot cheaper.

David Thompson
Oct 24, 2003
Treating and Preventing Concrete Burns

Todd Rose's wedding-day photo shows his acid-scabbed hand underneath that of his bride, Sarah.If you work with concrete you already know how abrasive, alkaline and caustic it is.

To put it simply, as portland cement dries, it will absorb water from any source in order to harden. That means it will suck the moisture from your skin as well.

Liz Schick
Jun 5, 2012
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
First Images of Finished Concrete Art at SAY Si in San Antonio

A work of art placed on the front patio of the Say Si facility using Miracote and Butterfield concrete products.SAY Si, a teen art center in San Antonio, Texas, is getting a decorative concrete makeover courtesy of the Concrete Decor Show, a trade event affiliated with Concrete Decor magazine. The trade show is more than a month away, but work is already underway — and here's your first look at some finished concrete art at the center.

Editors
Jan 10, 2012
Concrete Tables Include Fiber Optics That Flow And Glow

A concrete table made with Lavacrete fiber optic lights An “outrageous” beach house on the French side of the Caribbean island St. Martin needed an anything-but-usual outdoor table.

Vanessa Salvia
Mar 30, 2016
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