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Consider an Overlayment's Tensile and Flexural Strength

Compressive strength — the ability of a material to withstand being compressed or pushed together — is often used to determine mortar and concrete’s quality. This makes sense for floors and overlayments as the primary forces applied to them are downward, compressive loads from traffic, equipment or anything affected by the force of gravity.

Matt Sambol
Oct 21, 2019
Concrete Decor Show: I'll be there ... will you?

Is there value in having a dedicated trade show for the decorative concrete industry? The short answer is yes. There’s tremendous value in having an industry-focused show. While there are decorative-devoted pavilions at other shows, they are just that — areas within other events.

Chris Sullivan
Oct 22, 2019
Magnetic Stamps are Big Draw to Concrete Installers

Imagine you own a company that supplies concrete contractors with the tools for their trade. You offer a product that has been the industry standard for decades and is essential to most contractors in your industry. Your company sells a lot of them and they are a good source of income. Your company is a recognized industry leader as a provider of the product.

Chris Mayo
Oct 22, 2019
Creative Color Solutions at an Epic Concrete Polishing Job

Polished concrete at high school and epic concrete polishing job.Surfacing Solutions Inc., Temecula, Calif., got a refresher on one central principle of polished concrete as the company produced some 175,000 square feet of densified concrete floor surfaces at the glittering new San Marcos High School in Southern California.

Joe Maty
Feb 1, 2014
Tips and Techniques: Polishable Overlay Installation

The Nordstrom Rack clothing store in Aventura, Fla., contains 7,000 square feet of polished overlay, including this aisle. The project is the work of Creative Concrete Services, Lakeland, Fla. Photos courtesy of CTS Cement ManufacturingIn terms of decorative options, existing concrete slabs are limited to topical color systems. In many cases these coloration processes are subject to fading and wear and are sensitive in high-moisture environments. You’ll find more versatility in 3/8-inch concrete overlays. Not only do you have a choice of UV-stable integral colors, but you can also choose from several types of aggregates.

Joe Zingale
Aug 6, 2013
Battelle Develops Self-Healing Smart Beads that Detect and Repair Corrosion

Battelle corrosion detecting microbeadsBattelle scientists have developed a tiny bead, the Battelle Smart Corrosion Detector bead, that not only detects corrosion but delivers a payload to help heal the microscopic cracks that rust creates.

Editors
Sep 2, 2015
A Stained Concrete Porch Graced with Engraved Dimes

Deborah's story about Wade and the dimes he saved for his annual anniversary gift provided the inspiration for a unique decorative concrete design conceived by Jason Thorn, owner of The Concrete Angel, Winfield, Ala.Deborah’s story about Wade and the dimes he saved for his annual anniversary gift provided the inspiration for a unique decorative concrete design conceived by Jason Thorn, owner of The Concrete Angel, Winfield, Ala.

Joe Maty
Dec 19, 2012
Bayferrox iron oxide pigments

Big glowing chemistry set with a small glass cup receiving red iron oxide pigment for concrete.In its standard form, Bayferrox iron oxide pigment is a very fine, particle-sized powder. With Bayferrox C, the standard powder is compacted into an irregularly shaped granule. This is a cost-effective, low-dusting and free-flowing pigment that can be metered easily and accurately.

Editors
Feb 5, 2004
How to Protect Your Concrete Work Surface on the Job Site

Skudo is one manufacturer of floor protection systems. Here, a worker presses a Skudo Heavy Traffic (HT) Mat into the system's still-wet Base Coat. Once protection is no longer needed, simply pull up and discard.Skudo is one manufacturer of floor protection systems. Here, a worker presses a Skudo Heavy Traffic (HT) Mat into the system’s still-wet Base Coat. Once protection is no longer needed, simply pull up and discard.

Doug Carlton
May 5, 2013
A Visit to the World of Concrete Asia

World of Concrete Asia 2006 crate being loaded by a big piece of equipment.A seminar at World of Concrete Asia was titled "What's New in Decorative Concrete," showed off colorful pictures of stamping, staining, overlays, polishing, concrete countertops and vertically carved concrete.

Doug Carlton
Jul 5, 2006
How to Fabricate Subtle Stone-look Concrete Driveway

Directions on stamping and staining a concrete driveway to look like real stone.Ideal for patios, driveways or other expansive exteriors, this stamping technique is all about subtle variations in color and texture, resulting in a realistic stony finish.

Kelly O'Brien
Nov 9, 2011
Concrete that Smells Delicious

Concrete table tops impregnated with coffee grounds and vanilla beans.Aggregates that glow and sparkle. Scented concrete. Salted concrete. Cremated ashes in concrete ... Just some of the out-there options that are only offered by this industry.

Amy Johnson
Oct 6, 2010
Architectural Concrete Bridge Honors Native Americans

Gold Line Light-Rail Bridge, Arcadia, California - Can a major axis of modern transportation infrastructure in Los Angeles somehow forge a tie to the region's pre-modern heritage?Can a major axis of modern transportation infrastructure in Los Angeles somehow forge a tie to the region’s pre-modern heritage?

Joe Maty
Oct 2, 2014
Three-step System to Re-color Concrete

Your ability to create different tones is only limited by your imagination and artistic ability,Across the country stamped concrete jobs are beginning to show wear. To help restore the worn surfaces, Concrete Earth LLC has developed a three-step system to re-color, accent and seal previously installed jobs.

Editors
Aug 8, 2011
Integrally Colored Concrete at Fort Worth's Skateboard Central

Decorative concrete used in Dallas skateparkThe concrete in a skate park must be completely smooth to accommodate a skateboard’s small, hard 40 to 55 mm urethane wheels, yet also be nonslippery.

Vanessa Salvia
Aug 20, 2014
Talking the Talk, Walking the WOC

The goal is to not only raise the knowledge and expertise of both veterans and newcomers to our industry, but equally importantly, to raise our own knowledge through interaction with all of you in the field.Walking the walk, not just talking the talk, is more important than ever for our young industry. As the polished concrete industry enters its second decade, we’re still the infants of the floor coating and floor covering industry, an industry that is worth more than 25 billion dollars annually.

Peter Wagner, CSI
Feb 18, 2007
The Smart Chair to Hold Rebar in It's Place Prior to Concrete Pour

Plastic holders for rebar that will hold rebar up before and during a concrete pour. Smart Chairs were designed by contractors for contractors. Constructed with recycled high-strength polypropylene plastic, the chairs are designed to support steel, eliminate wire ties and stop steel displacement.

Editors
Dec 7, 2003
Pros and Cons of Specializing in Decorative Concrete

Part time or full time, should a concrete contractor provide decorative concrete, staining concrete, stamping concrete all the time?I have to guess some, maybe even most, of Concrete Decor’s readers enjoy the benefits of the decorative business as only a part of their contracting services. You may very well be one of the many who are wondering if you should make the leap to specialize in decorative work full time or simply offer it as one of many services.

Doug Carlton
Sep 1, 2007
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