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Vol. 19 No. 8 - November/December 2019

Polished Concrete Continues to Gain Momentum as Flooring Choice

Concrete grinders lined up on a perfectly polished slab of concreteAs polished concrete becomes more mainstream for floors, it continues to gain momentum across the board. In fact, industry statistics show that polished concrete is now 15-20% of the total flooring installed each year.

By Jennifer Faller
December 17, 2019
Concrete Table Brings a Community Together

Concrete table made by a group of men in recovery.There’s a massive table in Asheville, North Carolina, crafted from precast GFRC and an 18-foot-long red oak log. Tipping the scales at 12,000 pounds, the elusive log alone took the men behind the table more than a year to find. And once they did it was “a bit of a dance” to make the table whole.

December 15, 2019
Waste Glass in Concrete has Advantages and Disadvantages

Clear, blue, green and brown glass aggregate in buckets next to each other.According to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report, the total amount of waste material has increased from 88 million tons in 1960 to 262 million tons in 2015. In 2015, 26% of the waste materials was recycled, 9% was composted, 13% was combusted with energy recovery and 52% was disposed of in landfills.

By Dr. Kaveh Afshinnia, P.E., LEED GA
December 14, 2019
Artisan Decides Epoxy Metallics are the Only Way to Roll

Metallic epoxies are still very popular. Here is an example of one in orange and blues.When he founded his company, Jon Kopp only offered solid colors. Over the years as competition began to heat up, he started offering a five-layer chip system with 5/8-inch chip, and metallic epoxy started to call his name more and more.

By Jon Kopp
December 13, 2019
Concrete Decor Survey Notes Best-liked Training Programs

Jeff Girard mades his livlihood by training his customers to properly build and create concrete countertops.

Asked to list the decorative concrete classes they judge the best, respondents cited The Concrete Countertop Institute, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and operated by Jeff Girard and Lane Mangum, 34 times. Girard and Mangum have contributed articles to Concrete Decor and presented programs at the Concrete Decor Show in the past.


By Joe Maty
December 13, 2019
KidZania Project Features Decorative Concrete for the Pint-sized

Kids get a chance to do real life jobs on a smaller scale and the new KidZania in Texas.Many people get into the construction trades because of the ongoing challenge of building something new. Imagine the thrill of helping to build a whole new city — in 14 weeks.

By K. Schipper
December 16, 2019
Epoxy Artisan in Florida Passionate About Color and Quality

Blue epoxy floor that looks like waves on this concrete floor.The founder and owner of Epoxy Artisan in Bradenton, Florida, Elton John Strawderman says his goal in life is to be the best craftsman possible with his chosen medium: epoxy on concrete.

December 11, 2019
2019 Concrete Decor Show Promotes Products and Demos

Products were debuted at the Concrete Decor Show in Arlington, TexasBy no means an inclusive list of interesting finds, there was plenty to explore at the 2019 Concrete Decor Show at the Arlington Convention Center in the shape of products and tools.

December 10, 2019
Four Men Inducted into Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame

Decorative COncret Hall of Fame grows by fourFour men joined the ranks of those honored in the Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony and dinner held Oct. 28 at the 2019 Concrete Decor Show in Arlington, Texas

December 9, 2019
2019 Concrete Decor Show Returns to Texas

A group of attendees at the 2019 Concrete Decor Show gather around a slab covered with Covestro products.The atmosphere was inviting and the modest but eager crowd engaged at the 2019 Concrete Decor Show in Arlington, Texas, Oct. 28-31. Many of those who attended reported it was a great time to reconnect with old friends, establish new contacts, discover products and tools, and witness some of the industry’s elite — such as Troy Lemon, Emil Gera, Rick Lobdell, Cindee Lundin and Jake Brady — lead workshops on the convention floor.

December 16, 2019