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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?

A Metallic Polyurea Floor for The Vanilla Ice Project Turns Out Beautifully

Polyurea coating in a garage for a television show by Vanilla IceWhen Vanilla Ice calls, flooring contractors answer. In 2009, Rob Van Winkle, the rapper best known for the hit “Ice Ice Baby,” started hosting a television show called “The Vanilla Ice Project,” featuring home improvements.

Comparing Thick-Build Concrete Sealers to Thin-Build Concrete Sealers

Applying a decorative concrete sealerThe market for concrete sealers is vast and it seems that there is almost every imaginable way to protect and enhance concrete floors. For the purpose of this article we are going to discuss two options that involve a clear sealer.

Choosing the Right Roller Sleeve or Roller Cover

The perfect roller sleeve for use with floor finishes, sealers, paints, stains, epoxies and waxes.A roller sleeve or cover is commonly thought of as something found in a painter’s toolbox rather than a concrete contractor’s. However, rolling sealants and colors onto (and into) concrete has become an increasingly popular option in decorative concrete applications.

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.

Metallic Epoxies Shine Bright in Car Dealership

A floor in a new-car showroom should be as luxurious as the merchandise. Epoxy with metallic effects fit the bill here.A floor in a new-car showroom should be as luxurious as the merchandise. Epoxy with metallic effects fit the bill here.

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.

Sanding and Buffing Coatings on Cast Concrete Pieces

A concrete countertop in green makes this kitchen pop.Concrete tables and countertops are held to a higher standard of appearance, feel and performance than floors and walls. And the final element of the finished piece — the interface between the concrete and the customer — is the coating.

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Concrete Topping Adds Appeal to Highway Corridor

The U.S. Highway 80 Corridor in southwest Jackson, Miss. The U.S. Highway 80 Corridor in southwest Jackson, Miss., is one of those aging main drags that could use some aesthetic improvements. To the relief of many locals, much-needed changes are being made.

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.

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.

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.

Creating Decorative Concrete Far Far Away

art director Sean Dunston teaches Chinese workers how to stamp with homemade materials and equipment at Universal Studios Singapore.There were even unbelievable benefits from a concrete contractor's standpoint. As Singapore is near the equator, temperatures are very stable and don't typically swing much or swing quickly. It's also quite humid. What this meant, from a concreter's standpoint, was great latitude as to contraction joints.

Getting the Right Profile with Surface Preparation

A man running a surface prep machine to get his floor ready for a concrete applicationSurface prep is not the most creative part of a decorative concrete project, but it’s also rarely the same old grind.

Wow Factor Achieved on Cleveland Cavaliers Team Shop Floor

The Team Shop floor was coated with Duraamen products to achieve the color and lines of a basketball.If someone wanted to prove that decorative concrete is the ideal way to create a show-stopping floor, mentioning the Cleveland Cavaliers Team Shop would be a great way to do it.

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.

A Truly Versatile Polyurea Coating

Polyurea-1 HD is a single-component, 90-percent solids, aliphatic polyurea that was initially developed to make life easier for the contractors using it.Every manufacturer hopes they will develop a product that is truly versatile. Citadel Polyurea Coatings may have come close to that goal with their new Polyurea-1 HD coating.

Contemporary Art Deco Decorative Concrete Garage

To achieve the charcoal hue, he combined black quartz granules at a 75 percent ratio and smoke quartz granules at a 25 percent ratio, then added gold metallic flakes (Sulyn Industries' Gold Craft Glitter) at 5 percent of the blend.ick Fischer’s technical knowledge and artistic abilities make him a double threat in the decorative concrete world. He began his career in custom automobile painting and restoration, then moved into decorative paint finishes in commercial and residential spaces.

A Guide to Metallic Coatings and Colorants for Concrete

These metallic coatings and additives add color and visual flair to concrete surfaces. More are introduced every year.These metallic coatings and additives add color and visual flair to concrete surfaces. More are introduced every year.

Get the Rock Look With Epoxy-Bonded Stone Systems

If you're looking to expand your repertoire beyond stamping, staining and coloring concrete, there is a host of surfacing alternatives -- some old, some new -- just waiting to be explored.If you’re looking to expand your repertoire beyond stamping, staining and coloring concrete, there is a host of surfacing alternatives — some old, some new — just waiting to be explored.

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.

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.

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.

How to Remove Paint, Rust Stains, Adhesives & Oil from Concrete

Paint puckers as soy based paint removed penetrates and lifts the paint off the concrete.Many decorative jobs require cleaning up an existing slab. Here’s a look at products that remove paint, rust, adhesives or grease.

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