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Build a Stone-veneer Monument Mailbox in 5 Easy Steps

As clients look to increase their home’s curb appeal, they often overlook transforming the mundane mailbox. Considering a home’s curb appeal encompasses everything from the sidewalk to the front door, a monument mailbox can quickly and easily make a big impact in improving a home’s first impression. Here’s what you need to create a monument mailbox and how to do it:

Cory Olson
Oct 28, 2019
Pros and Cons of Commercial vs. Residential Concrete Construction

Weighing the pros and cons of residential vs commercial jobsAbout a week after having my fourth child, I received several kind comments and gestures from people across our industry. But two in particular stuck out. The first involved a residential client and the second was from a commercial general contractor. The interactions made me ponder the pros and cons of residential construction versus commercial.

Karen Keyes
Oct 25, 2019
Magnetic Stamps are Big Draw to Concrete Installers

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
Easier Repairs for Polished Concrete

best concrete repair process for polished concreteRepairs are always tricky. The idea is to get them done as quickly as possible with a remedy the customer will buy. By selecting the correct process and products, you can control how long the repairs will take to complete. Customers’ willingness to accept repairs is determined by understanding their expectations and letting them know early on if their goals are achievable.

David Stephenson
Apr 21, 2016
Former Intel Employee Traded Semiconductors for Concrete Stains and an Airbrush

This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils -- and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils — and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.

David Searls
May 17, 2010
Two Types of Business Competitors and How to Beat Them Both

Business people competing in a foot race.Close your eyes. Think of your business. Imagine you operate in a world without competitors. Imagine you’re the only one that customers can hire to install decorative concrete. Visualize yourself winning bid after bid without anything or anyone to stand in your way. Now, open your eyes. Welcome back to reality.

Jacob Webb
Jun 5, 2012
Getting the Most Out of Decorative Concrete Educational Opportunities

Group of people learning from Fu-Tung Cheng in a training course.The cold truth is that our industry has seen its share of truly talented decorative concrete individuals fail, and it’s not because they weren’t good at their craft. Today’s artisans must be more than talented — they must be capable of overlaying talent with an entrepreneurial spirit. That's where training and education comes in.

Doug Carlton
Dec 31, 2011
Decorative Concrete Surrounds the Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, IUPUI

The hardscape around the Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center at 535 Barnhill Drive is a beautiful addition to the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus.The hardscape around the Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center at 535 Barnhill Drive is a beautiful addition to the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 6, 2015
A Guide to Using Topical Sealers on Cast Concrete Countertops

There are more choices and considerations with concrete sealer coatings than there are with penetrating sealer treatments, and I believe it's because of this that so many people are confused, frustrated and bewildered. Let me clear up concrete countertop coating confusionThere are more choices and considerations with concrete topical sealers than there are with penetrating sealer treatments, and I believe it's because of this that so many people are confused, frustrated and bewildered. Let me clear up concrete countertop coating confusion

Jeffrey Girard
Jan 24, 2013
Concrete Bowls Provide Birds With Water

Striped red and white concrete bowl in nature.Deborah Brackenbury is no stranger to art — she’s been a photographer since the 1980s. But after a search for the perfect birdbath fell short, she made herself into a concrete artisan.

Editors
Aug 11, 2008
A Front Yard Full of Concrete Terracing in Portland, Ore.

Terraced garden in Portland, Oregon.This house and its concrete terraces and walkways is at N.E. 69th and Sacramento in Portland, Ore. The concrete surfaces are done in a Davis Pewter style with sand-finished flatwork and acid-finished walls.

Editors
Aug 9, 2012
Looking Back at the Year in Polished Concrete

A look back at the year in polished concretePeter Wagner looks back on the industry of polished concrete during the Great Recession all while keeping perspective and hope of the future in mind.

Peter Wagner, CSI
Nov 16, 2008
The Difference Between Sealing and Resealing Decorative Concrete

Chemical resistant broom - Few things can compare to freshly sealed concrete. Hues of hidden color explode the minute a coat of fresh sealer makes contact with the concrete's surface. Customers smile with satisfaction and concrete artisans swell with pride. Few things can compare to freshly sealed concrete. Hues of hidden color explode the minute a coat of fresh sealer makes contact with the concrete’s surface. Customers smile with satisfaction and concrete artisans swell with pride.

Doug Carlton
Jan 8, 2014
Seal Exposed Aggregate Concrete for Best Results

A penetrating sealer preserves the concrete without changing the look, allowing the exposed aggregate to retain its natural appearance and color.Exposed aggregate concrete is a decorative concrete look that will enhance the curb appeal of driveways, pool decks, sidewalks and patios. It’s achieved when the top layer of concrete has been removed to expose the rocks underneath.

Tyler Stephens
Jun 13, 2019
Helping a Nonprofit with Decorative Concrete Makes a Great First Impression

Group of attendees learn how to stamp and stain concrete from Jason Geiser and his team.I was invited to attend the preplanning meeting for the 2013 Concrete Decor Show to look at potential sites for the decorative concrete makeover workshops. We looked at three different sites, and in the end it was clear that the Charlotte Rescue Mission had the most need of our services.

Jason Geiser
Apr 16, 2013
20-foot Carved Concrete Fireplace Stands Out in Parade of Homes

A Matter of the HearthWhen Troy Lemon the concrete sculptor met up with Troy Wolfiss the home builder, a fireplace of great proportions ensued. Wolfiss, owner of Artisan Craft Homes, busily designed his new home which would be part of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids’ Spring Parade of Homes.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Nov 3, 2017
Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame 2016

2016 Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame winners from Bomanite, Butterfield Colors, GLC3 Concrete, and Couture Concrete.Dan Sieben, one of the founders of Bomanite, along with his Bomanite cohort, John “Jack” Dryden, are among the 2016 honorees. Joe Garceau of Butterfield Colors and George Lacker of GLC3 Concrete and Couture Concrete Systems round out this year’s selection.

Editors
Oct 7, 2016
Are Your Diamond Concrete Polishing Pads Open for Business?

Resin bond diamond polishing pads for concreteWhen polishing concrete using resin- or metal-bonded diamond abrasives, how do you know that the diamonds under your machine are functioning effectively?

Jennifer A. Faller
Aug 20, 2011
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