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Custom Concrete Tile with Cracked Earth Pattern Debuts in London

Custom Concrete Tile with Cracked Earth Pattern Debuts in LondonHugo Bugg designed the Waterscape Garden, one of 16 show gardens for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, highlighting global water issues by mimicking nature’s way of slowing down water, set in an elegant environment.

May 20, 2014
Silica vs. silica: What's the difference as far as concrete and health are concerned?

Crystalline silica (quartz) is the form of silica that OSHA is writing the new regulations to cover, it is a health hazard. It is not reactive with portland cement, meaning it does not cause ASR (alkali-silica reactivity) regardless of particle size.There is a huge difference between amorphous silica and crystalline silica as far as your health and your concrete is concerned. The difference between the two is at the atomic level.

April 29, 2014
Hand-carved, Powder-colored French Floor in North Carolina

stamped and stained floor in North CarolinaCheryl and Ralph Burgess, of Mackintosh on the Lake, a development in Burlington, N.C., wanted a design in their sunroom. As you can see, they got a pretty spectacular one.

April 4, 2014
Dyes and Metallics Combined for Glowing Concrete Floor at Baby Accessories Store

metallic and concrete dyed floor in purples and greens in a baby accessories storeDon Pinger, Custom Concrete Solutions, West Hartford, Conn., used a unique combination of dyes and metallic epoxy to achieve a neat, radiant floor for this baby accessories shop.

April 2, 2014
Seal-Krete Partners with UpStream Art to Color and Protect Storm Drains

storm drain that has been used as an artist canvasUpStream Art, a project of the University Of Arkansas Division Of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, has been using Seal-Krete products to protect murals on storm drains. The murals are being used to communicate the function and importance of storm drains.

March 10, 2014
CSDA Releases Industry Standard and Best Practice Documents for Polished Concrete

csda headerIn response to requests by architects and engineers to resolve consistency issues associated with quality levels achieved by polished concrete surfaces, the Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association has released two technical documents — an industry standard and a Best Practice.

October 23, 2013
Use Two Colors of Metallic Powder for a Two-tone Coated Floor

JonĀ Kopp, Quality Epoxy LLC, Gilbert, Ariz., says his metallic epoxy floors are all two-color these days.Jon Kopp, Quality Epoxy LLC, Gilbert, Ariz., says his metallic epoxy floors are all two-color these days.

October 1, 2013
Color-crazy Concrete Floors at The Stain Store in Austin, Texas

Color-crazy Concrete Floors at The Stain Store in Austin, TexasAt The Stain Store's new location in north Austin, Texas, 600 square feet of flooring in the showroom and tool room was overlaid with Miracote MPC, scored with curved joints, then stained with Mirastain II alcohol-based stain, Butterfield Elements. Stain Store's own metallics were used in the tool room.

September 12, 2013
Two Concrete Artisans Take Four Awards at 2013 ARDAs

Four decorative concrete projects were among the winners in the 2013 American Residential Design Awards, announced in July by the American Institute of Building Design.Four decorative concrete projects were among the winners in the 2013 American Residential Design Awards, announced in July by the American Institute of Building Design.

August 1, 2013
Concrete Waterproofing and Chip Finish Restore Outdoor Amphitheater

Concrete Waterproofing and Chip Finish Restore Outdoor AmphitheaterRachel Romanu, communications coordination at Mark Beamish Waterproofing, an Anaheim, Calif., specialty floor contractor, wrote us this vivid story about an amphitheater restoration job with a classy chip finish.

July 16, 2013
Second Graders Love Decorative Concrete

Second Graders Love Decorative ConcreteThe way to homeowners' hearts is through their kids. So why not market decorative concrete to second graders?

June 18, 2013
ASCC Volunteers Create Concrete Hardscape for Veterans

ASCC Volunteers Create Concrete Hardscape for VeteransVolunteers from the ASCC Decorative Concrete Council traveled to Hanson, Ky. to work on the hardscape of what is to become a therapeutic garden at the Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center. Three students from the Concrete Industry Management program at Middle Tennessee State University also assisted on the project.

May 23, 2013
A Custom Concrete Bathroom in a Beautiful Blue

Troy Lemon, Cornerstone Decorative Concrete, Fennville, Mich., completed this bathroom in a Chicago home for Sam Averbuch, president of the Preval division of Chicago Aerosol.Troy Lemon, Cornerstone Decorative Concrete, Fennville, Mich., completed this bathroom in a Chicago home for Sam Averbuch, president of the Preval division of Chicago Aerosol.

May 21, 2013
Vertical Carving Spring Training at the Oregon Hobbit House

Carving vertical concrete at the West Coast Training Center in Oregon.Nathan Giffin's Vertical Artisans hosted its second weeklong teraining at its West Coast Training Center, an underground "hobbit house" in Lorane, Ore.

May 12, 2013
L. M. Scofield Presents Its 2013 Decorative Concrete Awards

A large yellow pansy with a purple center is stained onto concrete floor.L. M. Scofield is pleased to announce the winners of its Fifth Annual Decorative Concrete Awards contest. The contest is open to any contractor, architect or designer who uses or specifies Scofield Systems. Projects are judged on skill of installation, creativity, artistic expression, and integration with the overall design intent.

April 4, 2013
Using Etching Gel to Clean Up Spilled Acid Stain

A stained (by accident) concrete floor - will be cleaned with acid gel.Tamryn Doolan from Surface Gel Tek may have come up with a new use for her etching gel: neutralizing and cleaning up spilled acid stain on concrete.

She sent us a couple of before and after images along with the story.

February 18, 2013
Artistry in Decorative Concrete Demos at the 2013 World of Concrete

Layered blue, white and black slab with stencils and concrete stains.Images from the Artistry in Concrete demos at World of Concrete 2013. Many of these artisans also were many of the trainers at the 2013 Concrete Decor Show in Charlotte.

February 10, 2013
Concrete Countertop Edge Forms Get National Exposure on Television

Placing concrete in edge forms by Z-CounterformThe DIY Network is taking the lead in producing TV show episodes about decorative concrete.

January 31, 2013
Kansas City Concrete Trade Group Awards Best Work of 2012

 The awards recognize outstanding work in concrete construction in the greater Kansas City area, comprised of parts of Missouri and Kansas.The Concrete Promotional Group of Greater Kansas City has announced its annual Excellence in Concrete Awards. The awards recognize outstanding work in concrete construction in the greater Kansas City area, comprised of parts of Missouri and Kansas.

January 6, 2013
Decorative Concrete Carving in Minus 25 Degrees

Gray carved concrete in cold weather.Decorative concrete craftsman and landscaper Randall Klassen cannot afford to let cold slow him down. He works in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Cold comes with the territory.

December 12, 2012
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