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Quartz Versus Limestone: Which sand is better in concrete overlays?
quartz vs limestone and why you choose the sand you do for concrete overlays

Concrete overlays’ strength comes from combining specific amounts of portland cement, sand, water and polymer. Sand type is an important component in decorative concrete and concrete overlays because overlays are typically applied thinner than standard concrete, yet still need to withstand the forces of foot and automobile traffic.

Bruce Grogg
Sep 6, 2019
Concrete Forms and Edge Liners Can Simplify the Job

edges of a concrete countertopWhen it comes to forming the edges of countertops, pool coping and steps, a good form liner or mold is an indispensable tool that can help you get the job done quicker and easier — no more hand chiseling or finagling a texture mat to give you a detailed edge.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Sep 12, 2019
There's an Overlay for Most Any Occasion

concrete overlays and where you can find themInstalling an overlay over existing concrete is a cost-effective way to update concrete surfaces by eliminating tear-out costs, minimizing product expense and reducing the manpower needed to overhaul the look and integrity of the existing surface.

Sep 10, 2019
Flattooing: The Art of "Tattooing" Images to a Concrete Surface

Flattoo design available from Surface Gel TekSurface Gel Tek (SGT) has introduced a new process called Flattooing, the art of tattooing images into flat concrete surfaces. The Flattoo process uses Flattoos — vinyl adhesive designs — and Tek Gel for Stenciling Micro Etch.

Oct 3, 2003
The "When-You're-About-To-Work-With-Solvents" Safety Checklist

Three gas masks lined up on a brick wall.This is not intended to be comprehensive or complet list, but here are a few things to think about when you are beginning any project that involves solvents.

Apr 5, 2011
Using a Color Wheel for Your Concrete Work

using a Color Wheel for Your Concrete WorkThere is a famous paperback called “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. Many writers treasure it as a guide to writing clearly and succinctly while avoiding common grammatical errors. The handbook itself is a model of clarity.

Gaye Goodman
Oct 5, 2015
When the Customer Wants That "Special" Gray

Our task had been to art-direct the placement of a new natural gray topping slab, and to subsequently patina it to simulate some 20 years of hard use.Our task had been to art-direct the placement of a new natural gray topping slab, and to subsequently patina it to simulate some 20 years of hard use. In other words, we were turning it from gray to “that special gray.”

Michael Miller
Jul 9, 2011
Concrete Professionals Should Mind Their Manners While on Mobile Phones

Iphone in rose gold sitting on a concrete countertop.While on mobile phones, concrete contractors should conduct themselves professionally to make a good impression wherever they may be.

Ashley Kizzire
May 26, 2017
Water-beading Characteristics Add to Penetrating Seals' Appeal

Water beading on a concrete surface.Across the country, there’s a trend afoot when it comes to what people are seeking for their outdoor projects. “They want a natural look that delivers penetrating protection,” says Chris Sullivan, decorative concrete specialist for the American Society of Concrete Contractors and the vice president of sales and marketing for ChemSystems Inc. based in Houston, Texas.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 23, 2019
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
Epoxy Systems For Concrete Floors

Epoxies can be formulated into 100 percent solids materials or water-based emulsions, which are usually composed of 40 percent to 60 percent solids, Koury says.Known for their one-plus-one application process, epoxies promise adhesion, hardness, chemical resistance and versatility. Add color chips or metallic pigments, and they can be beautiful too.

Amy Johnson
Sep 15, 2009
How Concrete Contractors Handle Maintenance

Stamped concrete patio in need of maintenance.Picking the right sealer. Teaching the client. Selling a plan. Contractors have several ways to make sure their projects — their calling cards — stay maintained, durable and looking great.

Amy Johnson
Jul 8, 2010
ICF Walls Become Vertical Canvases for Decorative Concrete Finishes

ICF Walls Look Like Real StonesWhat’s old often becomes new again, and in the case of ICF (insulated concrete forms) construction, many people feel it’s not only ready for a rebirth but a healthy adolescence, as well.

K. Schipper
Mar 2, 2015
An Alternative Perspective of White Cement From an Artist

Stained concrete in an underwater theme.Not everyone prefers white cement products over run-of-the-mill gray concrete when it comes to coloring.

Aug 5, 2013
Recipe: Get the Look of Travertine using Concrete

Love travertine tile? get the look using concrete.Intended to mimic the look of travertine, this microexposure finish leaves the surface with a subtle texture that complements integrally colored exteriors beautifully.

Kelly O'Brien
Mar 7, 2011
Dana Boyer, ConcretiZen: Turning Art Into Concrete Profit

Geometric concrete creates a 3 dimensional affect on this driveway.Boyer is the owner of ConcretiZen, based in Apache Junction, Ariz. She does it all — art pieces, driveways, pool decks, countertops, floors. She takes residential and commercial jobs, coloring, texturing, stamping, polishing, sandblasting or engraving concrete.

Christina Camara
Jun 4, 2004
Answers to Concrete Staining Problems, Questions and Concerns

Construction worker filling up a pump sprayer with a fix for concrete staining projects.When you think about it, the relatively low percentage of callbacks and problems compared to the overall amount of work performed says a lot about the caliber of installers and the industry as a whole.

Chris Sullivan
Jul 9, 2012
The Amazing Vince Schrementi of Everlast Concrete

Circular concrete bar top with metal and sea shells embedded and ground down.Seamless has been coating floors since 1939. Now the company has taken a decorative direction.

John Strieder
Feb 9, 2006