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Virtual Ice Rink Created With Concrete Overlay

The floor of the Canada Sports Hall of Fame was transformed using epoxies into a virtual ice rink.Happenstance led Tyson Long, president of Calgary-based Hardscapes Inc., to the new location of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame museum in Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park, where he used white and clear epoxy coatings to transform the floor of the museum’s ice-hockey exhibit room into a virtual ice rink.

Should You Coat Concrete or Not?

Polished concrete coating shows foot traffic patterns in the middle of this box store's aisle shows where the semi-topical sealer has worn off the concrete in a short time. From huge industrial manufacturing plants and nationwide retail stores to restaurants and residences across the country, polished concrete has become a very popular flooring option over the last decade.

Recipe: Self-leveling on Two Substrates

Terrazzo floor was installed in this night club,This is an expert self-leveling application that can take an unfinished floor with two different substrates (in this case concrete and plywood) and turn it into one beautiful, continuous floor.

Concrete Coating Products Continue to Evolve

Concrete Coating Products Continue to EvolveFirst came the revolution. The decorative concrete wave swept the concrete construction trade not so long ago, churning up myriad visual concepts and the materials that made them happen. As the wave receded, decorative concrete concepts, methods and materials entered an evolutionary phase.

Should You Stop Sealing Concrete?

concrete sealer creates a glossy sheen on this concrete floor.However, is it possible that sealing necessity is not a necessity at all? Could it be that all the hoopla on sealing concrete is being motivated by glossy pictures causing new contractors to assume this is an industry standard?

Metallic Epoxies Glitter on the Floor at a Contemporary Show House

Liquid Dazzle, a metallic epoxy flooring systemThe unabashedly modernist home in the River’s End community, in Eagle, Idaho, near Boise, is called a “stunning glass jewel box” in an Idaho builders association’s 2013 Parade of Homes description.

Selecting a Concrete Sealer is as Easy as S.A.P.

A very noticeable trend with decorative concrete over the last decade is that the end users and the design community have become much better educated, not only on the types of finishes and products available, but also on how they are installed and what to expect in terms of long-term performance.A very noticeable trend with decorative concrete over the last decade is that the end users and the design community have become much better educated, not only on the types of finishes and products available, but also on how they are installed and what to expect in terms of long-term performance.

Moisture Tests in Concrete: Calcium Chloride vs. Relative Humidity

When good floor coatings go bad, moisture is often the culprit. When good floor coatings go bad, moisture is often the culprit.

Even cured concrete can emit enough moisture to blister, cloud or delaminate a coating, especially when a slab with no vapor barrier sits on ground with poor drainage. The manufacturers of overlays, microcoatings, sealers and specialty coatings set moisture tolerance limits for their products.

The Nanotechnology Trend in Decorative Concrete: Hype or Reality?

Green and purple microscopic looking spheres.Nanotechnology is everywhere. It seems to be the new buzzword in the decorative concrete industry. Now, nanotechnology has become the magic ingredient in any number of sealers, coatings and stains. I This article explores exactly what nanotechnology is and what benefits it brings to the decorative industry.

Don't Let Ghosting Haunt Your Concrete Work

discolored concrete after applying acrylic finishMy contractor placed blue painter’s tape on the concrete for a few days to mark the placement of cabinetry. The tape was removed and the concrete was sealed with two coats of 25 percent solids acrylic sealer and two coats of acrylic finish. A few days later the concrete was discolored and had evidence of where the tape had been placed. No surface damage to the concrete was evident.

Flowcrete's Robust and Decorative Anti-static Epoxy Resin Floor Finish

Green anti-static epoxy floor in manufacturing plant.Flowcrete Asia recently collaborated with Toshiba Medical Systems to provide a specialist conductive floor finish for its new diagnostic imaging systems manufacturing base in Penang, Malaysia.

Calvary Christian School Art Room, Holland, Mich.

Concrete Overlay of a yellow sunflower in Christian school in MichiganWhat better place is there to experiment with various decorative concrete techniques than in a high-school art classroom?

Align Floor Coatings with Project Objectives

Metallic epoxy coating rich terracotta with a splash of purpleThe diverse array of coating technologies gives specifiers and users plenty of choices. How, then, to proceed?

Hot-Temperature Effects on Sealing Concrete

Hot weather and sun blazingHeat is the universal catalyst. Apply heat and things tend to happen faster. Consider what happened the last time you accidentally grabbed a hot plate. I am sure your speed increased dramatically as you looked for a place to put the plate down. The same thing happens with sealers at the molecular level when the temperatures go up.

Advanced Tools for Concrete Coating Applications

Concrete coatingsA good set of tools goes a long way. When it comes to applying urethanes, epoxies and other concrete coatings, it’s a necessity. In a world where you have to constantly monitor moisture issues, pH, efflorescence, and constantly changing weather conditions, the last thing you need to worry about is an underperforming tool.

Teaching Maintenance to Your Customers is Key

A contractor seals the concrete with a roller.From presale to reseal, educating customers in how to maintain their decorative concrete is a lengthy process.

Mission Trail Baptist Hospital Gets Its Wish with Decorative Concrete Treatment

Wanting attractive outdoor concrete that would hold up to heavy use, San Antonio's brand new Mission Trail Baptist Hospital called upon Ramiro Chavez and San Antonio-based All Ready Services.Wanting attractive outdoor concrete that would hold up to heavy use, San Antonio’s brand new Mission Trail Baptist Hospital called upon Ramiro Chavez and San Antonio-based All Ready Services.

Metallic Coating Application Tips from the Professionals

Applying metallics to the concrete with the help of green, yellow and red tape.Metallic coatings can be tricky and that is why we gathered some tips and tricks from some professionals who have more than dabbled in their fair share of metallics.

Greg Iannone

Greg Iannone writer for Concrete Decor magazineArea Sales Manager for Solomon Colors/Brickform
giannone@solomoncolors.com

Foundation Armor Before and After of Stamped Concrete Floor

The after look has a glossy sheen that makes the different heights shine.A stamped concrete floor with a solvent-based acrylic that was applied one year ago. The applicator wanted to see what the floor would look like with Armor Blush Repair and Armor AR350 sealer before doing the entire floor.

Don't Get Burned: Safety While Using UV-Cured Concrete Coatings

First and foremost, using ultraviolet curing equipment requires diligent safety practices. John Wilson, president of SPDI UV and CureUV.com, compares it to "a welder's flash on steroids." Sunglasses and long-sleeved shirts are not enough. UV emitted by curing equipment can be many times brighter than the sun, according to Richard Mandich, UV products account manger for Jelight Co. Inc. http://www.imgflash.org/safety-signs-in-the-laboratory-goggles.htmlFirst and foremost, using ultraviolet curing equipment for concrete coatings requires diligent safety practices. Compare it to "a welder's flash on steroids." Sunglasses and long-sleeved shirts are not enough. UV emitted by curing equipment can be many times brighter than the sun.

Decorative Concrete Contractors Reveal Why They're Into Metallics

Garage floor coating that was achieved using metallic epoxy in a checkerboard pattern.One nice thing about a metallic coating, in contrast to acid stains or dyes, is its ability to fully cover cracks and other defects, regardless of their size. Lemon says he’s also been using metallic pigments as accents in microtoppings to get certain shading and highlighting effects.

The Ultimate Concrete Checkerboard Floor

A checkerboard-patterned floor was a natural choice for sprucing up the private garage of a racing enthusiast.A checkerboard-patterned floor was a natural choice for sprucing up the private garage of a racing enthusiast.

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Broadcasting Aggregate into Coatings for Safety and Beauty

A slip resistant floor coating for busy commercial applications.Many contractors are used to hearing this line from their clients: “I want a floor that’s slip-resistant, but I also want it to be easy to clean.”

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