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Vendors Bring New Concrete Products to Contractors

Vendors displaying their goods at a tradeshow for potential buyers.The more things change the more they stay the same. This is an adage I’ve heard my entire life without ever really giving it any serious thought. What does it even mean? Well, in the context of this article let’s take a closer look.

Greg Iannone
Jun 5, 2019
Diversify with Direction When Expanding Your Business

A nice patio set on a stamped concrete patio that has been stained a tan color.There are a lot of questions that don’t always have easy answers. Fortunately, plenty of people have headed out in different directions within the concrete industry and found the journey has taken them to a pretty good place.

K. Schipper
Jun 5, 2019
Holocaust Memorial a Must-see in Berlin

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe was built to commemorate the 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide during World War II.Situated near Brandenburg Gate on a stretch of land once referred to as the “death strip” where the formidable Berlin Wall once loomed, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe was built to commemorate the 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide during World War II.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jun 12, 2019
Decorative Concrete Installed at the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum in Colorado

Decorative concrete played a role in the construction of a Native American landmark in Ignacio, Colo.Decorative concrete played a role in the construction of a Native American landmark in Ignacio, Colo., that drew hundreds to its opening ceremony in May.

Natasha Chilingerian
Dec 31, 2011
Nightclub at Wild Horse Pass Casino Gets Glittery Concrete Ramp

Concrete balcony with an overlay looking over the expanse below.You can bet your boots that it wasn’t easy to overlay the three glittering, aggregate-spiked ramps that lead down from the VIP lounge to the dance floor in the nightclub of the Wild Horse Pass Casino.

Liz Schick
Sep 4, 2012
The Natural World in Cast-in-place Concrete Relief Murals

Using a cast in place concrete technique to create a bas relief image in a concrete wall.Artist and designer Linda Patterson of Newark, Calif., created 15 cast-in-place relief murals — 2,136 linear feet in all — to adorn underpasses along the 12.8-mile San Tomas Aquino / Saratoga Creek Trail in Santa Clara County, Calif.

Editors
Apr 1, 2006
Self-Leveling Overlayments for Structurally Sound Substrates

Self-leveling concrete by design is meant to be poured or pumped onto a surface, and the slurry seeks its own level or moves out on its own without a lot of labor on the contractor's end.Whether you use self-leveling material as your primary pour or over existing concrete, it's an efficient way to get going on a job.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 10, 2010
A Concrete Hardscape Project At Greenwood Park Mall

In the center of the fountain, a cylinder's bottom section was cast-in-place while the upper concrete portion was precast on site and placed by a crane.The lifestyle center addition to the Greenwood Park Mall on U.S. Highway 31 North in Greenwood was completed in spring 2008. The project, which involved more than 1,000 cubic yards of concrete, is significant because it reflects the growing use of concrete in Indiana’s public spaces.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 9, 2015
Seven Steps for Success with Ornamental Casting

The first step to casting a piece is to prepare the model you'll be basing the mold on. Models can be existing pieces or they can be something you sculpt from clay, wood or stone yourself.A How To feature that offers step-by-step instructions for casting statuary and other fine-featured pieces.

Bart Sacco & Kelly O'Brien
Jun 5, 2012
How Do I Fix Flaws in Poorly Stamped Concrete?

Stamped concrete that didn't work. Concrete is unforgiving. Surface defects and poor workmanship issues on stamped and textured concrete are difficult to repair, and in many cases there are no viable repair options.Concrete is unforgiving. Surface defects and poor workmanship issues on stamped and textured concrete are difficult to repair, and in many cases there are no viable repair options.

Chris Sullivan
Nov 12, 2013
Propane Equipment Use Takes Off as Concrete Polishing Industry Grows

 In particular, polished concrete is undergoing a transformation from equipment formerly reliant on three-phase power (either 208 or 480) to pro¬≠pane power for both grinders and vacuums.The construction industry has witnessed a “purging of the plug.” In particular, polished concrete is undergoing a transformation from equipment formerly reliant on three-phase power (either 208 or 480) to propane power for both grinders and vacuums.

Mike Dougherty
Apr 25, 2019
Carlton's Corner: Provide Free Extras Instead of Dropping Your Prices

Apples, give free extras instead of dropping prices.As more competition fights for fewer pieces of the pie, it will become increasingly tempting to lower your prices in order to stay competitive. I understand this completely, because I operate a decorative concrete company in one of the most competitive and hard-hit housing economies in our nation.

Doug Carlton
Nov 22, 2011
Stenciling Existing Concrete

Stenciling floors or objects is a fun, rewarding artwork form with almost immediate gratification.A look at sandblasting, stenciled overlays and the new gelled-acid etching techniques.

Amy Johnson
Dec 10, 2005
Using Your Concrete Cutting Saw Skills

Concrete contractor using edge grinder with diamond blade to saw cut detail in a concrete slab.Cary Grant — the Las Vegas decorative-concrete impresario, not the Hollywood movie icon — has crafted dramatic masterpieces through his company, Floor Seasons, that could be considered Oscar-worthy, if there was a decorative concrete category.

Joe Maty
Jun 25, 2016
5 Ways to Effectively Utilize Your Decorative Concrete Awards

Concrete awards laid out on tableA stack of award submission requests are sitting on my desk staring me down and deadlines are popping up all over my calendar. Many associations and local, regional and national companies and groups in the decorative concrete realm host award programs to help recognize the best of the best.

Karen Keyes
Nov 1, 2015
School's Courtyard Maps Provide a Decorative Concrete Perspective

Stenciled concrete map of the United StatesLarge maps in the school’s three outdoor courtyards give the elementary students some perspective of the world, our country and their state.

Vanessa Salvia
May 20, 2014
Concrete Countertops Push the Limits of Creativity

A circular ripple design placed in a concrete countertopIt's pretty easy to create a concrete countertop that looks like a garage floor. But branching out from flatwork to countertops means embracing completely different ideas on aesthetics and performance, not to mention learning different skills. Mike Moncrieff has made the leap.

Chris Camara
Apr 14, 2007
Durable Concrete Control Joints Fill The Need For Fast Turnaround

Applying the sealant with a hand roller while people look on.With quick return to service, ability to withstand years of foot, cart or forklift traffic, polyurea meets the requirements of many industries. From warehouses and retail showcases to grocery stores and more, polyurea is outperforming traditional epoxy, silicone, and polyurethane materials to fill and seal concrete slab control joints.

Jasmine Stanley
Aug 23, 2016
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