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Turning Waste Glass into Expanded Glass Completes the Recover/recycle/reuse Circle

Glass flour next to a pile of other glass aggregate.Historically, repurposing glass for use in concrete mixtures has simply involved crushing and grinding the glass to a smaller size. Resizing alone doesn’t bring glass processing far enough to create a functional raw material for the concrete industry.

Traves W. Ogilvie, LEED AP
Jan 23, 2020
Architectural Elements featuring Concrete and Other Materials in Clean, Geometric Forms

Inspired by urban living, Eric Weil, sculptor and founder of Oso Industries in Brooklyn, and his team individually handcraft multi-functional furniture and architectural elements featuring concrete and other materials in clean, geometric forms.Inspired by urban living, Eric Weil, sculptor and founder of Oso Industries in Brooklyn, and his team individually handcraft multi-functional furniture and architectural elements featuring concrete and other materials in clean, geometric forms.

Editors
Jan 23, 2020
Leave a Mark on Concrete with Specially Made Stencils and Stains

Stenciled wall at a metro stationContractors and artisans use specially made stencils and stains to leave their marks on decorative concrete.

Mike Dougherty
Jan 16, 2020
Decorative Concrete Technique: How to Create Realistic Stone Effect with Concrete Stain

Pool deck made of concrete that more than one color is used on to create a natural lookWhen stamping, California contractor Lee Levig likes to use more than one color as the base color, usually different shades of the same color.

Editors
Dec 4, 2001
How to Choose the Right Sealers for Concrete Countertops

sealers are not a total guarantee, they can go a long way in ensuring a concrete countertop retains its Concrete countertops need protection from everyday abuses. The acids in vinegar and lemon juice can etch the surface, and the strong colors in tea, red wine and mustard can cause stains. While sealers are not a total guarantee, they can go a long way in ensuring a concrete countertop retains its “like new” appearance for a good long while.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Oct 7, 2004
How to Apply Color and Eye Catching Design to Polished Concrete Floors

A rounded corrugated roofing material enhances the Curvy border in green colored polished concrete floor designed from using graphic tape when apply the concrete color. Graphic design can be produced before or after the full curing of the slab, utilizing saw cuts, specialty tape, stamping or stenciling. In this article we will focus on the methods used following a full cure, in conjunction with acid stains and acetone-based dyes.

Peter Wagner, CSI
Jul 11, 2005
High-Performance Mix Design: Understanding GFRC Mixes

GFRC is a combination of fine aggregate, cement, water, polymer, chemical admixtures and glass fiber.GFRC is a combination of fine aggregate, cement, water, polymer, chemical admixtures and glass fiber. The key to GFRC is the glass-fiber reinforcement. The fibers take the place of steel in a wet-cast mix. They allow GFRC to develop much higher flexural strengths than typical wet-cast concrete, allowing you to cast thinner, lighter sections and pieces.

Mark Celebuski
Oct 6, 2010
Sculpted Hillside is Home to a Serene Pool Deck

High end pool deck lit by night lights and a glowing fire pit.When we think of sculpting, most of us probably picture statues or abstract artistic shapes, not a combination of walls and steps and terraces that enhance the natural surroundings. Yet that is what the sculpting of a hillside is shaping the landscape into an attractive blend of man-made and natural elements.

Chris Mayo
Dec 31, 2011
Transform Your World of Concrete with Metal Plating

Transform ordinary decorative concrete into an amazing piece of art with PlateAll metal coating.Amidst a myriad of decorative coatings for concrete, PlateAll Metal Coating emerges. PlateAll can transform a rather ordinary concrete surface into one that resembles solid cast metal with many of its attributes.

Editors
Feb 12, 2001
Meeting the Demand for Crack Control in Stamped Concrete

Crack control in stamped concreteStamped concrete is the very foundation of decorative concrete industry. The ability to take concrete and add pattern and color separates you from your competition. This ability also increases a customer’s expectations. Simply put, most customers will not accept a random crack running through patterned concrete, nor should they.

Doug Carlton
Jul 13, 2013
Large Polymer Floor Installation at Fogle Aviation Hangar

The floor installation also features the Fogle Aviation logo inside the entrance of the hangar. This was accomplished using a custom decal stencil 25 feet wide by 7 feet tallFlowcrete Americas and STAR applicator partner DLS Floors have successfully completed a large polymer floor installation at a private aircraft hangar in Sugarland, Texas.

Editors
Mar 16, 2016
Integral Pigment for Concrete by Construcolor USA

B01 was originally introduced in Mexico in the mid-1990s, then came to Texas in the late 1990s. Brad Adcock, owner of San Antonio-based Commercial Concrete Inc., has been using it ever since. Both he and Jimenez agree there are two key advantages to using the gel pigment.Designed as an easier-to-use, more controllable color system, Construcolor B01 integral pigment is a liquid gel that has been winning over skeptics for the last decade.

Editors
Aug 29, 2011
Q&A with Todd Scharich, ASCC's New Decorative Concrete Specialist

World questions and answers, paper, pencil and eraser. Todd Scharich was recently appointed decorative concrete specialist for the American Society of Concrete Contractors and its Decorative Concrete Council. The ASCC already had a concrete hotline, but with Scharich aboard since October 2012, it now has a dedicated Decorative Concrete Hotline available to members on a 24/7 basis.

Steven Miller
May 16, 2013
The Wondrous World of Concrete Wall Panels

Imagine homeowners having the choice of covering their walls with paint, wallpaper, tile - or concrete panels 1/4 inch thin.Imagine homeowners having the choice of covering their walls with paint, wallpaper, tile - or concrete panels 1/4 inch thin. Or new homes built with precast modular exterior walls up to 20 feet high that can be manufactured off-site and snapped in place in a few hours.

Dave Searls
Sep 2, 2009
Choosing a Nonslip Additive for Your Floor Coating

The texture of a floor coating is usually adjusted by using some type of particle or grit to improve slip resistance.Of the many responsibilities that a contracting company takes on when it accepts a floor coating job, none is more important than designing for safe footing once the area has returned to service.

Peter Collins
Jul 11, 2013
Decorative Contractors and LEED Standards: Why You Should Take Notice

Green building website screenshotGreen building has been making a lot of headlines lately — it seems as if you can’t turn on the TV, read a magazine or attend a conference without hearing about it. You have probably heard the buzz about LEED and wondered how this building rating system applies to you. Green building is the next step for the decorative contractor industry, and LEED will help you and your business take that step

Ashley Katz
Aug 1, 2007
Electric Machines Can Ease Workload

In the category of wheelbarrows, this one packs a heck of a lot of power. Electric wheelbarrows and mini skid-steers can ease manual labor.In the category of wheelbarrows, this one packs a heck of a lot of power. Electric wheelbarrows and mini skid-steers can ease manual labor.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Apr 23, 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
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