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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?

How to Seal Concrete for a Uniform Appearance

Sealing concrete with a consistent coverage is important for the overall finish of the decorative concrete project.This issue of blotchy and inconsistent color and gloss created by a sealer is not that uncommon. There are multiple factors that can create this appearance, but the two most common are application — how the sealer was applied — and surface — what the sealer is being applied to in regard to density and porosity.

How Polyaspartic Coatings and Concrete Countertops Work Together

A green concrete tabletop has been colored with polyaspartic coatingsFor decorative concrete artisans, an exciting new direction for polyaspartic coatings is countertops and sinks. One contractor, Dave Paterson of Desert Canyon Epoxy Floor Coatings, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., has elevated the technique he uses for commercial floors to counter level.

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.

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?

What's New In Decorative Concrete

decorative concrete newsWhat’s new in decorative concrete? That was a popular question that came my way multiple times during the recent World of Concrete. I realize my name is out there, but I’m a long way from having a crystal ball to be able to predict what the future of our industry holds.

Concrete Stenciling and Flattooing for the Kids

The choice of decorative concrete was made by the students themselves. "We don't have much greenery (on campus), so painting the concrete was the idea," said Allea Fraker, seventh grade teacher and student council advisor. "They (the student council) found that the staining would be longer-lasting."Coping with midday desert heat, Glendale, Ariz., company Excalibur Designs in Concrete recently donated its time and labor to complete a decorative Flattoo project for Dos Rios Elementary School.

Epoxy Floor in a San Diego Kitchen Wows Architect

Tiger stripped metallic concrete floor - epoxy.This wild floor design should tame the outdated notion that epoxies are only for airplane hangers and garage floors.

Stripping Concrete: Mechanical or Chemical?

Polished concrete floor with a high-gloss and reflective coating.When it comes to decorative concrete on floors, sometimes you have to take it off before you lay it down. Take a closer look at your two basic options when clearing the way for new work.

Achieving the Look of Acid Stain With a Water-based Alternative

Tucked into the stadium that houses the Detroit Tigers, this sports bar features a lush decorative concrete floor.Tucked into the stadium that houses the Detroit Tigers, this sports bar features a lush decorative concrete floor.

Experts Sing the Praises of Polyaspartic Coatings

Purple polyaspartic on a floor with red specksExperts have a lot to say about polyaspartics. We gathered some of our favorites from contractors and manufacturers.

Tinted Polyurea Coating Perks Up a Drab Floor

Polyurea coating was used in this office space to disguise the unsightly concrete below.West End Commons is a new 91-unit loft development in Oakland, Calif. The two- and three-story townhouses have office space on the ground floor, with living space in the upper levels. Pettigrew’s company, Diamond D Concrete, won the subcontract to clean and clear-coat 40,000 square feet of concrete slab floors.

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.

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.

Finishing the Perfect Pool Deck

Salt Water Pools Concrete Deck SealerPool deck solutions are discussed, involving sealers, anti-slip additives and deck drains. All three of these items are important for your clients’ overall satisfaction, as well as the eventual success of your installation.

Architectural Concrete at San Diego International Airport

Architectural and decorative concrete in San Diego airportExpanding Terminal 2 at the San Diego International Airport was the largest improvement project in the airport’s 81-year history. The expansion — dubbed “The Green Build” because of the airport authority’s commitment to sustainability and environmentally friendly materials and methods — cost $907 million and at peak construction created 1,000 jobs.

An Epoxy Chip Garage Done Right

Jeff Bach epoxy chip garage floor coating by Westcoat.Hats off to Jeff Bach of Bach Custom Coatings of Oregon City, Oregon, for being the concrete highlight of the recent Street of Dreams, an annual showcase of new luxury homes in Portland that was held this past summer. This was the third Street of Dreams Bach has participated in.

Versatile Building Products

Adding an epoxy coating during a Liquid Granite chip flooring system installation.When a pair of specialists from Versatile Building Products made a January trek from California to Oregon to coat a concrete floor, their first concern was the cold.

Easy to use Breathable Epoxy Coatings

Large roller applicator for concrete overlays. Vexcon Chemicals PowerCoat OneVexcon 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.

Slip-Resistant Concrete Floors Are Perfect For Vegas Projects

AquaFlex concrete coating on stairs in vegasAquaFlex, a proven resilient coating, is in demand among luxury hotels in Las Vegas, including Mandalay Bay, which has used it twice, and the Four Seasons, an iconic, art deco-inspired hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

Contractor Finds Cure for Vintage-Car Studio's Coatings Headache

Contractor finds cure for vintage-car studio's concrete coatings headacheAudiences in France loved the comedy of Jerry Lewis in his Hollywood heyday. Go figure. So, should it be a baffling head-scratcher to learn about a billionaire Italian jewelry and luxury goods magnate being smitten with vintage Buicks?

How to Compete With and Win Against DIY Garage Floor Kits

If you want to install garage floor coatings properly and create a profit, you must understand that not everyone is your customer. The price tag on the kit in the box store has already created a perceived value or cost to complete the job in many customers' mind.If you want to install garage floor coatings properly and create a profit, you must understand that not everyone is your customer. The price tag on the kit in the box store has already created a perceived value or cost to complete the job in many customers’ mind.

The Importance of Control Joint Fillers in Concrete

Smoothing out the bead of joint filler on this concrete floor with a scraper.The choice of filler and sealant product for a decorative slab is influenced by the amount of movement taking place, the kind of abuse the surface will be taking, and, of course, how the filler will look.

Concrete in Cold Weather

Patio in cold weather that had to be planned perfectly due to weather.Concrete Decor asked artisans around the country about their experiences installing projects during cold weather. They faced freezing temperatures, snowy weather, and even challenges indoors during cold spells. Each artisan found his own solution for handling work during the winter months.

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.

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