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Large Designs are a Top Trend in Decorative Concrete

A large stained concrete driveway in front of a large hotel.The first time I delivered “Trends in Decorative Concrete” was at the Concrete Decor Show in Fort Worth, Texas, in February 2014. It was initially created to present a quick snapshot of what was trending in our industry, targeting primarily the design community. At the time, I never anticipated the presentation would grow into the program it is today.

Chris Sullivan
Jan 16, 2020
Let it Bee GFRC

Oversized bee created for a playground at the Smithsonian National Zoo made with GFRC.Doing museum-quality work doesn’t always entail fashioning blank backdrops to show items of interest at their best. Sometimes, as is the case of a pollinator-themed playground at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., it involves colorful GFRC carvings that are larger than life.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jan 16, 2020
Why Mock-ups of Polished Concrete Overlays Matter

Shiny, white, polished concrete floor reflect the lights from abovePolishable overlays are a popular alternative to polished concrete where the existing concrete slab isn’t a good candidate to be polished. Infilling trenches, patching, spalling and removing existing modular floor coverings often result in a concrete surface that doesn’t meet with customer approval.

Craig Morris
Jan 20, 2020
Decorative Concrete Techniques: Faux Rock Tricks-of-the-Trade

Tips and techniques for faux rocksA comprehensive list of important aspects of the faux rock trade. From tool choice to customer expectations, here are some tried and true tips, tricks and techniques to take your faux rock skill to the next level

Aug 16, 2002
Consistent Concrete Yields Superior Stamped Concrete Projects

Stamped and stained concrete in front of a garage.Behind every successful slab of stamped concrete is an accumulation of effort by you (the decorative concrete artist) and your local ready-mix provider. If one participant falls short the project becomes compromised, maybe not to the point of being unsalvageable but still to where it does not meet the goal of most professionals.

Doug Carlton
Oct 10, 2013
Decorative Concrete Tip: Make Your Concrete Work Stand Out

Concrete design with a one-of-a-kind look makes your work stand out.To make your concrete more distinctive, learn to think out of the box. The trick is to make your work unique and true to you. Put a signature on it.

Lee Levig
Jun 10, 2004
Architects Use Kemiko Concrete Products

Elegant indoor swimming pool deck in a rich brown Kemiko concrete stain color invites.Kemiko products were used by architectural greats such as Frank Lloyd Wright before decorative concrete even had a name. The company continues to thrive and grow with the times.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Nov 16, 2005
11 Proven Concrete Color Recipes

11 ways to color your concrete, step by step how-tosStep-by-step instructions and useful tips from people in the industry who have experimented enough to know what works.

May 1, 2007
Testimonials from the Field: Contractors Using Elephant Armour Overlay

Riding a power trowel smoothing out Elephant Armor overlay.An review of Elephant Armor as told by concrete contractors in the field.

Jan 6, 2014
CCNY Team Researches Unique Glass Powder for Concrete Production

CCNY Team of ResearchersIn potentially transformative research for both the recycling and concrete industries, a City College of New York civil engineering team is developing a glass powder to replace cement in the production of concrete.

May 17, 2016
African Cemetery Memorial Looks to Decorative Concrete to Honor Burial Site

Decorative concrete lends color, resonance and beauty to the African Cemetery Memorial, completed last year at Higgs Beach in Key West, Fla.Decorative concrete lends color, resonance and beauty to the African Cemetery Memorial, completed last year at Higgs Beach in Key West, Fla.

Jul 8, 2010
Specialty Cutting Blades to Make Your Job Easier

A picture of the AirForce F4 by CS UnitecAn overview of different specialty cutting tools, saw blades and chains that will help you on be successful on your next job.

Nov 11, 2009
Contractors Show Their Creative Uses with Shotcrete

The final outcome of a shotcrete project in Boatswain's Beach Lagoon.While swimming pools and road construction projects have been the mainstay of many contractors in the shotcrete industry, a number of shotcrete artists are taking the concrete medium to new levels of creativity and usefulness.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Sep 8, 2007
A Tip of the Hard Hat to Safety on the Construction Site

decorative concrete live hard hat and super etch plusThe debut of Decorative Concrete LIVE! at the 2017 World of Concrete in Las Vegas was met with resounding approval as job site safety took center stage in the annual event's Silver Lot.

Feb 18, 2017
Concrete Surface Retarders Deliver Practical Results with a Little Artistry

To decorative concrete contractors, surface retarders are valuable tools for both pragmatic and aesthetic reasons.To decorative concrete contractors, surface retarders are valuable tools for both pragmatic and aesthetic reasons. They’re easy to work with, relatively inexpensive — especially considering the costly alternatives of sandblasting or acid washing — and can be used to create endless textures and designs.

David Searls
Apr 10, 2017
Treating Concrete with Densifiers Increases Compressive and Tensile Strength

Densifiers penetrate into concrete, then chemically react with the calcium hydroxide within the surface of the concrete.Treating concrete with densifiers increases compressive and tensile strength while adding moisture- and abrasion-resistance.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Aug 28, 2005
Superior Concrete Stenciling Techniques

A look at this stencil up close with circles and dots.From rugs to logos: Several examples of one of decorative concrete’s most proven, versatile treatments.

Kelly O'Brien
Aug 8, 2009