Vol. 6 No. 6 - December 2006/January 2007
The high-end landscape design and building firm is nationally recognized for creating custom pools, spas, fireplaces, concrete stamping and staining, ceramics and tile, outdoor kitchens, rock waterfalls and much more.
People who work with concrete know that creative forming is essential for a high-quality finished product. It can sometimes be the most arduous part of concrete work, especially when curves and circles are involved.
There have always been ways to make new projects blend into their older surroundings, but Sophisticated Finishes by Triangle Coatings Inc. offers a truly aged look.
Vexcon Chemicals Inc., which has manufactured epoxies under the PowerCoat brand for more than 15 years, has become the first company to introduce breathable epoxies to the market.
What sets Patriot Spraysafe apart is carbon dioxide. The system uses carbon dioxide cartridges to propel liquid through its nozzle.
This 36-by-36-inch stamp has a "three-dimensional" design that looks like four overlapping concentric circles, with a bite taken out of either side of each circle — shapes described as bull's-eye hourglasses.
Concrete artisan Shellie Rigsby use decorative concrete for artistic expression. So when installing a decorative concrete floor at a youth center she envited the young people there to put their own stamp on the place.
Lee Levig of Concrete Works shows how applying color hardener to create light and shade effects on decorative concrete.
With concrete surface retarders, concrete can have a sand-etched finish.
Shellie Rigsby started by conquering acid stain. Now, the Texas-based artist is setting her sights even higher.
Contractors who restore concrete floors give new meaning to the phrase "green thumb."
A concrete floor is a renewable resource.
"Decorative Dangers": The housing market slowdown, and how to survive it. Keeping your decorative concrete business profitable during periods of economic slowdown.
The Raleigh-based Concrete Countertop Institute sponsored conference was an important step for professionals in the decorative concrete industry in the establishment of quality standards for concrete countertop professionals and the building industry.
SoyCrete is also used in vertical applications, as seen on this exterior wall.
Acrylic stains for concrete often replace acids — but even more intriguingly, the two can work together.
One of the most basic yet important steps in finishing concrete, floating is as much of an art as it is a science. After the heavy lifting and digging involved in preparing a site for pouring concrete, floating it contrarily requires precise tools and a light hand.
The word "diamonds" is inevitably associated with the concept of "big bucks," but like many other things about diamond grinding, this is something of a misconception.
New sealers compliant with VOC laws have contractors in cold sweats. With these tips, you can REALLY start breathing easier.
From indoor pools to backyard fountains, the winners of Concrete Decor's first annual Concrete Restoration contest gave faded concrete a new lease on life.