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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
Monolithic, Minimalistic: Two Surfaces, One Canvas with Wall/Floor Concrete Finishes

Concrete floor that has a very minimal design with stains and concrete countertops.Imagine the convenience and versatility of a decorative concrete finish that can be applied to walls or floors.

Actually, it’s not a matter for the imagination. Such decorative finishes already exist.

Joe Maty
Jan 20, 2020
The American Concrete Institute Names 2019 Excellence Winners at Annual Convention.

The building was awarded for excellence by the ACIThe American Concrete Institute honored the winners of its 2019 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards during the institute’s concrete convention and exposition in October in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jan 26, 2020
Two Money-Making Alternatives for Polishing Contractors

Dollar bills lying on top of each other.As business owners, as soon as we open our eyes each day, we begin to think and search. Where are we going to find more work for our crews? Besides the usual options of bidding on new construction projects, refurbishing old polish jobs or removing epoxy coatings, there must be other ways to make money with our equipment and skills.

Jennifer A. Faller
May 9, 2011
Green building - Hype or Hope?

Green building through the use of concrete is playing a major role in the way many modern-day projects fit together.I'm not exactly the poster boy for the LEED program, as you can guess. However, with so much chatter about "sustainable sites" and "Energy Star scores" these days, I was kind of thinking it might be a good time to clear the air.

Doug Carlton
May 12, 2009
Favorite Photos from World of Concrete 2005

Staining and coloring concrete making an image of a concrete contractor using a grinder at World of Concrete 2005A few of Concrete Decor's favortie photos from World of Concrete 2005

Mar 11, 2005
How to Market your Concrete Work with Photos

Acrylic concrete stains used to mimic US coins on a concrete walkway in front of Farmers Bank & Trust.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 19, 2007
Pouring a Concrete Countertop in Place at a College Bar

hand made concrete tool for a concrete countertop drink railThe owner, an old concrete contractor, wanted to replace the two bars with concrete. The goal was to add ambience and character to the bar with a material that could be hosed down along with the floors. The owner also wanted seamless tops, making this a good candidate for pouring in place.

Mark Celebuski
Sep 1, 2011
Harness the Power of an Effective E-newsletter

harness the power of an effective newsletterWhen it comes to communicating with your customers, electronic newsletters are a powerful tool to highlight your expertise and experience. Since we live in a society in which most of us are glued to our phones even when we are out of the office, a well-designed newsletter can be an effective means to quickly continue to strengthen your brand.

Amy Numbers
Apr 7, 2017
Sealer: The Most Critical Success Factor for Concrete Countertops

Three concrete sings in a bathroom.Do you know the single-most important ingredient in a concrete countertop that can make or break a business? If you thought concrete, think again — it’s the sealer.

Jeffrey Girard, P.E.
Apr 21, 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
Multilayer, Mottled Metallic Floor Coating

manufactured silicon dioxide platelets coated with titanium dioxide to create a multilayered, variegated, hammer-toned seamless floor coatingThis technique uses manufactured silicon dioxide platelets coated with titanium dioxide to create a multilayered, variegated, hammer-toned seamless floor coating over concrete or an overlayment.

Kelly O'Brien
May 2, 2009
Decorative Concrete Contractor Troy Lemon's Blue Moon Shines at WOC

Troy Lemon's Blue Moon Sculpture for World of Concrete 2015Unlike God almighty who, according to the Bible, created the world, its heavens and all forms of life in six days, the best Troy Lemon and his mortal crew could do was hand-form and carve a concrete replica of the moon in four.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jun 2, 2018
WOC 2018: Mall of Concrete is Shaping Up

WOC 2018: Mall of Concrete is Shaping UpVisitors to World of Concrete 2018 in Las Vegas Jan. 23-26 will have a chance to get better acquainted with a unique form of, well … concrete forms. The Omaha, Nebraska-based Fox Blocks, a division of Airlite Plastics Co., will provide the wall system for the Mall of Concrete at Decorative Concrete LIVE!

K. Schipper
Dec 8, 2017
Quick Release Block Forms for Creating Concrete Landscape Blocks

Creating large landscape blocks has never been easier, create V-Interlock, Landscape, Mid-size landscape and knob style blocks is easier with the quick release tool.Quick Release Block Forms for creating large landscape concrete blocks are available in a variety of sizes. Liners can create various rock and stone patterns and last for a minimum of 100+ uses under normal conditions

Oct 8, 2001
Buckets of Integral Colors for Concrete to Go

Concrete Contractors can use buckets or pails of colorant for integrally coloring concrete.Okay, so now you’re sold on this new color technology but don’t know of any ready mix plants in your area that have the proper equipment to produce integral colors. What’s a contractor to do?

Mar 1, 2003
Rainbow MagicLand Themepark Upgraded with Stamped Concrete

The 500,000 square feet of stamped concrete pathways and patios at the new Italian theme park Rainbow MagicLand look like no place else on Earth.The 500,000 square feet of stamped concrete pathways and patios at the new Italian theme park Rainbow MagicLand look like no place else on Earth.

Natasha Chilingerian
Jul 9, 2011
How to Make Epoxies for Floors Decorative

Liquid Dazzle coating by premixing the pigment with the company's epoxy resin for better consistency. The metallic additives uniquely flow when applied, producing a color-changing effect, according to the Westcoat Web site.Decorative epoxies for colorful garage floors burst onto the scene in the 1970s, when applicators began to saturate chemical-resistant epoxy coatings with colored vinyl chips. These floors went out of style for a while, but General Polymers director of floor coatings Lonnie Salyers says they are making a comeback, and not just in garages.

Sep 30, 2009