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There's a Learning Curve with Polyaspartics and Concrete

Are polyaspartics part of your concrete coating mix? They may not be — yet. The word is some concrete contractors are afraid of them because of their fast set-times.

K. Schipper
Mar 18, 2020
When it Comes to Polished Concrete, Maintenance is a Must to Ensure a Long Life

Like many in the restaurant industry, we have converted our dining room floors over to polished concrete. Many people believe that a correctly installed polished floor is a one-time thing. It’s concrete, right? It’ll last forever.

Travis Larsen
Mar 20, 2020
Concrete with a Twist - Concrete Table Wows Attendees

If it’s been said once, it’s been said a million times: There’s no limit on the possibilities with concrete.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Mar 23, 2020
A Concrete Tribute to 9/11 at World of Concrete

A group of CIM students work with decorative concrete manufacturer.Under the tutelage of Ed Gruetzner, a decorative concrete practitioner and retired firefighter from New York City, and Michael Eastergard, owner of PreiTech Corp., a concrete form company, students from both MTSU and Chico State created a memorial to members of two companies of firefighters who were lost at the World Trade Center, Sept. 11, 2001.

Editors
Nov 18, 2010
A Metallic Polyurea Floor for The Vanilla Ice Project Turns Out Beautifully

Polyurea coating in a garage for a television show by Vanilla IceWhen Vanilla Ice calls, flooring contractors answer. In 2009, Rob Van Winkle, the rapper best known for the hit “Ice Ice Baby,” started hosting a television show called “The Vanilla Ice Project,” featuring home improvements.

Editors
Jul 27, 2015
Outdoor Patio Complete With Stained Hummingbird, Flower and Vine Design

Outdoor patio with hummingbird stained and engraved on it.Rick Lobdell of Concrete Mystique Engraving in Nashville, Tennessee, is an artist, not a decorative concrete contractor. Still, in his career he has become known as a guy who can take concrete and turn it into an artistic canvas. He did just that for the Perkins home in Franklin, Tennessee.

Editors
Mar 2, 2015
Pouring Concrete with Acid Staining in Mind

Pouring concrete that is to be stainedWhen preparing a brand new concrete surface to be acid-stained, don’t take anything for granted. Every step of the new concrete pour contains elements that might affect the quality of your acid stain job.

Nick Dancer
Nov 10, 2013
Fashion Show Mall Gets Major Upgrade With Concrete Features

concrete in the Fashion Show Mall in Las VegasIn a city where each new project shines brighter than the last, an old favorite is taking on a new sparkle.

K. Schipper
Jan 16, 2016
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
Drying Phases of Concrete Sealers: The Difference Between Drying and Curing

Applying Concrete Sealer - Sealers and coatings, for the most part, go through the same phases as they dry and/or cure. Before explaining these phases, it is important to know that while all sealers and coatings dry, some also cure as they dry.Sealers and coatings, for the most part, go through the same phases as they dry and/or cure. Before explaining these phases, it is important to know that while all sealers and coatings dry, some also cure as they dry.

Chris Sullivan
Apr 5, 2015
Consistent Concrete Yields Superior Stamped Concrete Projects

Stamped and stained concrete in front of a garage.Behind every successful slab of stamped concrete is an accumulation of effort by you (the decorative concrete artist) and your local ready-mix provider. If one participant falls short the project becomes compromised, maybe not to the point of being unsalvageable but still to where it does not meet the goal of most professionals.

Doug Carlton
Oct 10, 2013
An Epoxy Chip Garage Done Right

Jeff Bach epoxy chip garage floor coating by Westcoat.Hats off to Jeff Bach of Bach Custom Coatings of Oregon City, Oregon, for being the concrete highlight of the recent Street of Dreams, an annual showcase of new luxury homes in Portland that was held this past summer. This was the third Street of Dreams Bach has participated in.

Editors
Oct 2, 2017
Concrete Countertop Design Competition

Industrial gray concrete bar top that is paired with three red bar style seats.2008 Concrete Countertop Design contest winners in both residential and commercial categories

Editors
Aug 8, 2008
Lap Lines and Roller Marks When Sealing Concrete

Sealing concrete can be frustrating! Roller marks and their cousins, "lap lines," are just two of those frustrating problems that can plague professional decorative installers.Sealing concrete can be frustrating! Roller marks and their cousins, "lap lines," are just two of those frustrating problems that can plague professional decorative installers.

Chris Sullivan
May 10, 2010
Marketing Your Work With Photos

Bank entrance stained with images of coinsIn today’s world, we tend not to listen anymore. There are so many of us, we are all talking, and our words have become background noises for the stimuli that really distract us. If you want to say something today, you have to use the language that transcends culture, geography, and time. You have to use imagery.

Steven Ochs
Feb 18, 2007
Who are Luca Seminati & Maurizio Pontello, Ideal Work, Italy?

Model stands in architectural concrete structure. Europe is used to natural products to use for building materials.Introducing decorative concrete in Europe was a big challenge to a market that’s more traditionally known for materials such as natural stone, marble, wood and ceramic.

Jacqueline Valle
Feb 5, 2017
Hotel & Resort Design Ideas using Decorative Concrete

The next step was to add color. For the walkways and brick around the reception area, House used a mixture of Ultra Surface Concrete Dye in English Leather and Earthstone. For the retaining walls, House only used Earthstone.Check in and check out three examples of decorative concrete at its finest, in Georgia, Tennessee and California.

Emily Dixon
Oct 6, 2010
Be Prepared for Tough Questions about "Green" Concrete

improve our green accountability as an industry, even beyond talking about LEED points.Just a few short years ago, saying that concrete was a green building material was sufficient. It was taken for granted that concrete, being locally produced, durable and nontoxic, was a sound, sustainable choice.

Sherry A. Boyd
Sep 9, 2011
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