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UV Cured Coatings for Concrete are Back in the Mix

 UV Cure Coatings for ConcreteConcrete artisans and contractors are always searching for the ideal coating, but end-users and equipment manufacturers are behind the latest push for one specific coating formulation — UV-cure.

Hybrid Concrete Sealer Promises a Change for the Better

brown decorative concrete It’s no secret that most people think sealers are the Achilles’ heel of decorative concrete. You can do nearly everything perfectly while installing your concrete masterpiece only to have something like a sealer decimate all your good efforts.

Concrete Sealers On The Brain

A film-forming sealer that "turns white" could be the result of moisture trapped underneath or hard-water deposits on top of the sealer. Having an opportunity to see the sealing part of our business from a manufacturer's point of view is priceless. So when Doug Carlton sat down with Bert Adams of Glaze 'N Seal to ask him his point of view on sealing concrete, the results were better than he could have dreamed.

Using Stencils on Outdoor Vertical Surfaces

Whether you're working on a decorative wall in a backyard or the exterior walls of a 15-story building, consider stencils for vertical surfaces.Whether you're working on a decorative wall in a backyard or the exterior walls of a 15-story building, consider stencils for vertical surfaces.

Penny-coated Floor Adds Flash to Georgia Home

Pennies coating an entire concrete floor.When we saw these photos, we asked artisan Jason Thorn what was up with all the pennies. He emailed back, ““Cool client! Let me get creatively stupid.”

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.

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.

Decorative Concrete Products That Help Control Heat

Thermometer outside on a stake.Here are a few products designed specifically to help cool down exterior concrete surfaces.

Concrete Troubleshooting Stories That Make You Go Hmmm

Putting the pieces of the puzzle together.It's that time of year again - the time when I review the hundreds of questions and situations I dealt with in 2010 looking for those special few that made me pause and just think, "Really?"

A Concrete Go-cart Track at Legoland

Decorative concrete go-cart track at LegolandThe go-cart track at the Legoland Discovery Center was another challenging, yet fun, job for Chris Post of Elite Concrete Solutions LLC. The roadway hash marks required him to make a 2-by-4 jig to lay them in an evenly spaced manner all the way around the track.

Vibrant Epoxy Floors Match this Restaurant's '50s Vibe

The Corvette Diner job involved the application of epoxy that shows off checkerboard, curve and circle patterns in black, white, bubblegum pink and turquoise.The floors at this theme restaurant are alive with eye-popping pinks, blacks and sparkles. But the story about how they were sealed is just as much of a conversation-starter.

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.”

Seminary Receives Concrete Application Using Pure Texture

Seminary wall coated with Pure Texture concrete coating with arched openings into a room.In his 40 years of working in the masonry and general construction industry, Dominick Freda has never been involved with a project of the magnitude of the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, a traditional Roman Catholic facility situated on 1,100 acres in Dillwyn, Virginia, not far from Charlottesville.

How Do You Combat Efflorescence on a Stained, Sealed Concrete Floor?

Efflorescence on a stained, sealed concrete floorIn our home in Houston, we have a stained concrete slab-on-grade floor covered with white powder. We had the floor tested and the white powder was identified as salts escaping and clouding the floor.

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.

When Cold Temperatures Affect Sealers

Discolored concrete caused by sealer applied in cold weather without proper techniques taken.As we transition from fall to winter, the days get shorter, the leaves fall into the concrete we are trying to finish, and the temperatures start dropping. The concrete blankets come out and cold-weather concrete practices start to take place. The changes in how concrete is placed should also trigger changes in how sealers are applied.

Tips and Techniques for Broadcasting Mica Flake

Rolling mica flakes onto a concrete floor.Jimmy McGhee, who handles sales and technical support for Versatile Building Products, here offers his own unique tips and techniques for distributing mica flake on a flooring job.

Polyaspartic Sealers: Something New on Top

Advances in chemistry go beyond polymer-modified concrete to auxiliary products such as improved sealing and coating systems. One of the exciting new types of materials is polyaspartics.Advances in chemistry go beyond polymer-modified concrete to auxiliary products such as improved sealing and coating systems. One of the exciting new types of materials is polyaspartics.

Why Do High-Performance Coatings Outperform Sealers?

A pile of toothpicks on a red background.High-performance or high-build coatings offer a higher level of performance than thin-build sealers. A brilliant insight, I know. But in reality, the statement often sums up most of what many people know about high-performance coatings compared to thin-build sealers.

Metallic Epoxy Floors: How to Install, Control and Manipulate them

brown gold metallic epoxy coatingColorful mica pigments designed to be dispersed in a variety of binders are part of what makes metallic epoxy floors so alluring.

Concrete Waterproofing and Chip Finish Restore Outdoor Amphitheater

Concrete Waterproofing and Chip Finish Restore Outdoor AmphitheaterRachel Romanu, communications coordination at Mark Beamish Waterproofing, an Anaheim, Calif., specialty floor contractor, wrote us this vivid story about an amphitheater restoration job with a classy chip finish.

Are You Afraid to Seal Concrete?

Serene setting at a upscale hotel where luxurious lounge chair sit atop a stamped concrete pool deck.I firmly believe that the lifeblood of our industry is new and innovative products that continue to move the decorative market forward. A close second, the oxygen of our industry, is word-of-mouth advertising by satisfied clients who have had their expectations met.

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.

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.

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