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Decorative Concrete Awards Announced for 2021

The Decorative Concrete Council (DCC) is a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) our of St. Louis, Mo. Recently, the group announced the winners of its 13th annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition. The winners are listed here and were also recognized at ASCC’s Annual Conference, September […]

The Chemistry Behind Concrete:
A Comprehensive Look at Chemical Compounds and Reactions

If asked, you can best describe cement as a “hydraulic adhesive.” It consists of nothing but special glue that binds sand and gravel together, forming a stone-like hard element. By itself, cement has very little use. However, when you blend in aggregates — such as sand and gravel — it […]

30-inch Lavina Grinders
Offer Flexibility on the Job

When it comes to grinders, 30 inches rule. “Thirty-inch grinders are the highest-producing, most versatile grinders that you can buy,” says Garrett Lassiter, owner of Flagship Commercial Flooring in Lubbock, Texas. “You can take them with you on nearly any job and accomplish your goals with a high production rate.” […]

Texas Motor Speedway Boasts First-of-its-Kind Concrete Coatings

In fall 2016, Texas Motor Speedway management partnered with Laticrete to bring high-performance Spartacote concrete coating systems to the legendary raceway’s massive garages. This marked a first at any NASCAR track. Management chose Texas-based Intertech Flooring as the installer due to its excellent reputation in flooring solutions for specialty, high-profile […]

Liquid Chip System installed in a garage

Liquid Chip System Installs Faster Than Broadcast Chips

Adjusting for inflation in an uncertain economic time requires a hard look at materials and processes. At Concrete Decor, we’ve taken a closer look at some of these offerings and would like to share our findings. More recently, we’ve sampled various garage-floor coating systems, particularly metallic and vinyl-chip systems. We […]

Company Offers Several Go-to Products to Ensure a Job’s Success

Although there’s no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” concrete sealer, Micro-Seal HD from Rain Guard Pro comes close. According to Art Green, owner of Specialized Cleaning Contractors in Buena Park, California, the silane/siloxane repellant is probably his No. 1 go-to product when it comes to penetrating sealers. “I do quite […]

Polished concrete repair products used on this slab

Polished Concrete Repair Products can be Artsy, Functional or Both

Polishing concrete on the surface (ha-ha again) seems reasonably straightforward. Buy the right equipment, attach diamond tooling, turn on the equipment and “mow” the concrete. Do this one row at a time and repeat with finer grits. However, there are almost always exceptions. In this tip, we’ll discuss what to […]

A Tale of 2½ Whales:
Stenciled artwork, polished concrete enliven whale conservation headquarters

When Ocean Alliance Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to whale conservation, bought an old paint factory in Gloucester, Massachusetts, it began renovating the site’s copper mill for its headquarters. The old mill, where Tarr & Wonson Paint Manufactory made its revolutionary boat-bottom paint during the 19th century, was legendary. For […]