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Quartz Versus Limestone: Which sand is better in concrete overlays?
quartz vs limestone and why you choose the sand you do for concrete overlays

Concrete overlays’ strength comes from combining specific amounts of portland cement, sand, water and polymer. Sand type is an important component in decorative concrete and concrete overlays because overlays are typically applied thinner than standard concrete, yet still need to withstand the forces of foot and automobile traffic.

Bruce Grogg
Sep 6, 2019
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
Going Beyond Square-edged Countertops

Edge form for concreteAlthough rocker Huey Lewis made headlines singing how it was “Hip to be Square,” artisan Ben Ashby couldn’t quite jibe with that mantra when it came to concrete countertops. Back in the early ’90s, others in the fledgling decorative concrete business — like FuTung Cheng and Buddy Rhodes, he remembers — were perfectly fine with square-edged countertops but Ashby wanted more for his creations.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Sep 14, 2019
How to Control the Controllable in Decorative Concrete

Taking notes about a construction job site on the hood of a truck.Surviving the Slowdown. Keeping your decorative concrete business profitable during periods of economic slowdown.

Doug Carlton
Feb 15, 2007
Stenciling Concrete for that Decorative Look

A star stenciled onto concrete in earth tone stains.Stenciling on concrete opens the door to a world of design options that personalize and enhance a decorative concrete project. The results can be simple or complex depending on the design you are seeking.

Edward J. Winslow
Aug 1, 2008
A Concrete Contractor Who Has Taught the Basics of Concrete Around the World

A concrete highway wall just outside of Cairo. This was the contractor's first concrete staining job (with instructions from Archambault over the phone).From Cairo to Seoul, this contractor has taught the basics of concrete around the world. Michael Archambault was more than a casual contender. Back in the '70s, before he was 25 years old, the sassy lad who grew up in San Diego had Houston by its concrete tail. He not only owned a Patterned Concrete Industries franchise but eventually bought out the mother company and served as president.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Dec 16, 2003
Polished Concrete Gloss Testing: Think it Over Before You Commit

portable gloss meters Polished concrete - how does one quantify it? Well, one direction that some installers, equipment makers and chemical densifier manufacturers have taken is to include gloss testing in their specifications. When used correctly, as an objective tool, gloss testing can help installers provide quantifiable evidence of their work.

Peter Wagner, CSI
May 13, 2009
Kansas City Concrete Trade Group Announces Decorative Concrete Award-winners

Johnny's Tavern logo on floor of tavern.The Concrete Promotional Group is out of the gates with the winners of its 2011 Excellence in Concrete Awards. The trade association represents the concrete industry in the greater Kansas City area. Its awards competition recognizes all kinds of concrete construction projects, and several awards are focused on the decorative trades.

Editors
Dec 5, 2011
Color Recipe: Transform Dull Lifeless Concrete with Tinted Liquid Release

Have dull, ugly, once beautiful concrete? Transform your slab by using this color recipe that includes using a tinted liquid release.This recipe is for those clients who call you complaining about a stamped or textured patio that’s become lifeless and dull. With just a few steps and a freshly mixed batch of tinted liquid release agent, you can bring color and depth to those sad surfaces.

Kelly O'Brien
Feb 26, 2011
Use Aerated Concrete Create Cool and Stylish Homes

Mary and Kee Augustine's back porch pergola made from FlexCrete's aerated concrete made from fly ash.FlexCrete is a form of aerated concrete that contains as much as 60 percent fly ash. Unlike traditional aerated concretes, it is not cured under heat or pressure, so it uses much less energy to produce.

Mike Dawson
Feb 28, 2006
Things to Consider When Planning Your First Concrete Hardscape

 Nailing this balance project after project takes great effort, but the reward is far more than monetary. Concrete hardscapes last decades, and so do the reputation of the concrete artisans who successfully pave their way into decorative history.Nailing this balance project after project takes great effort, but the reward is far more than monetary. Concrete hardscapes last decades, and so do the reputation of the concrete artisans who successfully pave their way into decorative history.

Doug Carlton
May 1, 2014
Three Acid Stain Application Tips

Here are three tips from the experts on acid staining and how you can succeed in your next job.Here are three tips from the experts on acid staining and how you can succeed in your next job.

Editors
Aug 16, 2010
ACI's Spring 2018 Convention Slated for March 25-29 in Salt Lake City

ACI's Spring 2018 Convention Slated for March 25-29 in Salt Lake CityRegistration is open for the American Concrete Institute’s Spring 2018 Convention and Exposition March 25-29 at the Grand America and Little America hotels in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. This year’s theme is Concrete Elevated.

Editors
Feb 2, 2018
Remediating Moisture in Concrete Doesn't have to be Complicated

Water Problem?Moisture problems in concrete slabs old and new can play havoc with decorative concrete projects and other flooring strata in several ways, including bubbling, blistering and blushing of color. It’s commonly an interior problem because breathable products that reduce the threat are more commonly used in exterior applications.

David Searls
Jul 31, 2017
Rich Redwood Colored Concrete Stain Bring Health Village to Life

The stainers tried to make each wall look like a unique set of panels. Muse Concrete Contractors Inc. of Redding, Calif., did its part to create the illusion by developing tilt-up wall forms that replicated the rough, uneven sides of the old huts.Is it redwood or is it concrete? A Sacramento contractor creates a Native American health center with reactive-stained walls

John Strieder
Jun 19, 2006
Listening to Your Customers Pays Off in the End

Listening to your audienceBeing successful in business, as in life, is knowing when to be right, and when to allow the other person their thoughts and views, especially when the “other” person is a potential or existing customer.

Peter Wagner, CSI
May 8, 2007
Bob Harris to Deliver Keynote at 2012 Concrete Decor Show

Bob Harris of Decorative Concrete Institute.The Concrete Decor Show is pleased to announce Bob Harris of the Decorative Concrete Institute (DCI) as its keynote speaker. Harris will discuss “Going the Distance with Decorative Concrete” at the Welcome Reception and Awards Program.

Editors
Jan 25, 2012
Black Concrete is Black... Or is it?

Is black concrete really black? How do I make black concrete really black?Does black pigment really affect air entrainment? It all depends on what type you are using.

Black is widely used in the concrete industry. It can be mixed to darken other pigments, and it can be used alone to make light grays, dark grays or straight black.

David Thompson
Jan 3, 2004
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