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Concrete Decor Show: I'll be there ... will you?

Chris Sullivan meets with buyers at the Concrete Decor Show. Is there value in having a dedicated trade show for the decorative concrete industry? The short answer is yes. There’s tremendous value in having an industry-focused show. While there are decorative-devoted pavilions at other shows, they are just that — areas within other events.

Chris Sullivan
Oct 22, 2019
Magnetic Stamps are Big Draw to Concrete Installers

Magnetic stamps by Proline.Imagine you own a company that supplies concrete contractors with the tools for their trade. You offer a product that has been the industry standard for decades and is essential to most contractors in your industry. Your company sells a lot of them and they are a good source of income. Your company is a recognized industry leader as a provider of the product.

Chris Mayo
Oct 22, 2019
Consider Clean-and-seal as an Alternative Finish for Interior Concrete Floors

When someone calls us for a quote about sealing their concrete, it's usually a driveway, sidewalk, patio or pool deck.When someone calls us for a quote about sealing their concrete, it’s usually a driveway, sidewalk, patio or pool deck. Sealing exterior concrete surfaces that get exposed to Mother Nature 24/7/365 with her summer heat and winter snow and ice makes sense to customers and contractors alike.

Tyler Stephens
Oct 29, 2019
How to Use Sponges to Color Concrete

Applying an overlay to concrete with a rollerI’m not a fan of overlays unless they’re necessary, I continually compete against knockdown finish companies that prefer them. Most of my competition uses overlays on pool decks and patios no matter what. This gives me a unique spin to compete against them.

Rick Lobdell
Oct 16, 2018
When and How to Expand Your Concrete Contracting Business

Looking at a bridge from the under side imagining how to grow your concrete contracting business.Concrete contracting companies, no matter the size or specialty, have to deal with many of the same challenges. It’s important to address some of these before trying to expand your business, so you're sure the foundation you're about to build on is solid.

Matthew Newman
Nov 2, 2007
Cheng Design Exchange Chooses 2006 Winners

Rectangular concrete designer wine holdersCheng Design Exchange announced the winners of its second annual Members Circle of Distinction Design Challenge at the World of Concrete 2006 in Las Vegas. The concrete countertop design competition received 93 submissions, resulting in a total of seven “Best” category winners, two Merit Awards, and 11 Honorable Mentions.

Editors
Feb 7, 2006
Six Steps to the Perfect Concrete Countertop Workshop

Clean workspaces make it easier to get the job done effectively and efficiently.Countertop artisans have many considerations to weigh while setting up their fabrication shops - location, size, work flow and equipment, to name a few. And they all have the same goals in mind: to create quality products and run a successful business. Experts from across the country have plenty of advice on how to achieve these goals.

Natasha Chilingerian
May 2, 2010
Using Concrete Control Joints in Your Design

Red stained concrete diamond shapes blend with the control joint that runs through the middle of the concrete slab.Concrete control joints are necessary, but they don't have to be ugly. Here's how to turn them into art.

Joan Stanus
Dec 3, 2002
A Look Back at Polished Concrete's First Decade

The autoscrubbers were used on this concrete floor.Polishing concrete, not unlike other new industries, begged, borrowed and stole from others in its infancy. Equipment came from the surface prep, stone restoration and cleaning industries, and as one can imagine, nothing was a perfect fit. It is still evolving today, but here is a look at where it came from.

Peter Wagner, CSI
Dec 5, 2007
Concrete Flooring Restoration Highlights Sanctuary's Conversion

The First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, University City, MissouriBuilt in Missouri in 1927, the First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis’ sanctuary was recently renovated to modernize its look and feel, while preserving its historic Gothic style. Improvements to the sanctuary’s floor, specifically two rectangular sections under the pews, were vital to this upgrade.

Erik Pisor
Jul 24, 2017
Want to Add Life to Cracked Concrete? Coat it With the Pebble-Flex System

Pebble-Flex systems will not show cracks and resists surface movement of the substrate.The Pebble-Flex System, made by United Surface Technologies, is a new system for resurfacing concrete that not only offers a decorative look, but adds life to the substrate.

Editors
Mar 1, 2003
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
Successful Email Marketing for Concrete Businesses

email marketing concrete businessesIn the world of email marketing, the “e-blast” can be a highly successful vehicle for connecting with your customers. But all too often, decorative concrete contractors underuse this vital marketing strategy.

Ashley Kizzire
Feb 1, 2016
Concrete Training Seminar in North Yorkshire

Students learning decorative concrete at a training center in the UK.Concrete Decor publisher Bent Mikkelsen reports on a training seminar in North Yorkshire

Bent Mikkelsen
May 7, 2005
Washington Restaurant Gets Decorative Concrete Overhaul

Concrete shelves installed on the stamped brick facade.A job that began with a mere 80 square feet of overlay snowballed into a decorative concrete transformation — complete with faux hollow tree — for this restaurant and bar.

Mike Dawson
Mar 12, 2008
Concrete Contractor Turns Decorative Concrete Hobby into Money-Making Venture

Stamped concrete patio by Paul SchneiderPaul Schneider is one of the lucky people in this world whose hobby and occupation are one and the same: decorative concrete. “Most people don’t think of a hobby as something you make money off of,” he says. But he does it.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 9, 2014
Distinctively Styled Concrete Countertops

Artistic concrete countertop - Pennsylvania artist Robert Stadnycki has excelled in a number of media: textiles, painting, furniture. Last year, he tried decorative concrete for the first time, collaborating with SunWorks, Etc. LLC to craft three countertops in his distinctive style for a kitchen in Ellicott City, Md. Pennsylvania artist Robert Stadnycki has excelled in a number of media: textiles, painting, furniture. Last year, he tried decorative concrete for the first time, collaborating with SunWorks, Etc. LLC to craft three countertops in his distinctive style for a kitchen.

John Strieder
Feb 5, 2014
Silica Dust Control - Stop Breathing Sand

The Dangers of Silica Dust image from https://sites.google.com/site/dangerdustdisease/As an ingredient in most concrete mixtures, crystalline silica is virtually guaranteed to be present on any decorative concrete job site.

Kelly O'Brien
Feb 13, 2008
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