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How to Create a Shower Bench out of Concrete

Originally designed for a shower bench installation, this striking river-themed countertop application features a dazzling blue-colored mix with glass aggregate and gorgeous river stone detailing.Originally designed for a shower bench installation, this striking river-themed countertop application features a dazzling blue-colored mix with glass aggregate and gorgeous river stone detailing.

Choosing the Right Diamond Polishing Pads for Concrete Countertops

Success With Concrete Countertops: Choosing the Right Diamond PadsThicker pads will last longer, but are stiffer and commonly prone to cupping when they dry out. Cupped pads don’t wear evenly, and often the outer area doesn’t actually make contact with the concrete. Photos courtesy of The Concrete Countertop Institute

Concrete Sitting Walls on the Pittman Wash Trail in Las Vegas, Nev.

Seat Walls on the Pittman Wash Trail Las Vegas, Nev.On some decorative concrete projects, the only people looking over your shoulder are other tradespeople.

The Three Stages of Grinding and Polishing Concrete Countertops

Grinding a concrete countertopAchieving a fine polished look in concrete countertops requires using progressively finer grits of diamond pads.

Whiskey Themed Kitchen with Barrels and a Concrete Countertop

bare kitchen with Jack Daniels themeWhen you live in Tennessee and you’ve got clients with a bare kitchen who also like to entertain and enjoy their adult beverages, a Jack Daniels theme seemed like a natural fit.

Concrete Countertops: When Are They the Right Choice for your Customer?

Concrete is making a permanent place for itself as a material of choice for countertops across the country.Concrete countertops are more than a trend. As more and more homeowners and designers specify concrete countertops in new homes and in remodeling projects, concrete is making a permanent place for itself as a material of choice for countertops across the country.

The Rising Popularity of Custom Concrete Pool Decks

Infinity pool that is surrounded by a concrete courtyard with landscape accents.When offered the chance to help customers relax with cool pool designs, these veteran design crews dove right in.

Six Steps to the Perfect Concrete Countertop Workshop

Clean workspaces make it easier to get the job done effectively and efficiently.Countertop artisans have many considerations to weigh while setting up their fabrication shops - location, size, work flow and equipment, to name a few. And they all have the same goals in mind: to create quality products and run a successful business. Experts from across the country have plenty of advice on how to achieve these goals.

NeoMix D-FRC from Cheng Concrete

NeoMix D-FRC empowers the artisan or contractor to expand their opportunities for businessBorn out of frustration with the long learning curve for mastering GFRC, Cheng Concrete’s NeoMix D-FRC is designed to not only shorten that learning curve for contractors, but also to outperform traditional GFRC in regards to flexural strength and abrasion resistance.

Going Green With Your Concrete Countertops

NuCrete and EarthCrete

People are looking to go green in their homes and businesses, and not just through energy-efficient appliances or solar power. This company pushes their green practices by offering lines of concrete mixes that employ recycled materials but are as versatile as regular concrete.

10 Most Popular Class Topics in the Concrete Decor Show's History (with one bonus)

Chris Sullivan teaching concrete classOf the Concrete Decor Show’s top 35 most-attended courses, some topics emerged that were more popular than all the others. First on the list are countertops, followed by polymer overlays and coatings, and polishing concrete.

Quality Control Procedures That Will Increase Your Concrete Countertop Profits

Quality control for decorative concrete countertopsThink of your concrete countertop business as a bucket you fill with water. You try to make as many sales as possible (in other words, put in lots of cups of water). You try to keep your price as high as possible and do large projects (use large cups). But if the bucket is leaky, all of your efforts are in vain.

An Overview of PVA Fibers and Concrete

When PVA fibers are added to concrete or mortar, the fibers develop a molecular and chemical bond with the cement during hydration and curing.High-performance fibers made of PVA, which is short for polyvinyl alcohol, were developed some 20 years ago. When added to concrete or mortar, the fibers develop a molecular and chemical bond with the cement during hydration and curing. The result: concrete with high tensile strength and amazing ductility.

A Veteran Concrete Floor Guy Takes on a High-End Cast-in-Place Countertop

Cast in place concrete countertopIt all started when I got a call from interior designer Julie Doran. Been a long time. Where you been? “Second career as a flight attendant, third career as a full-time mom. Now, I’m back into design.” What’s up? “Got a new client. I’m designing a tricked-out outdoor kitchen. I think you may be just the guy to do the countertops.”

Concrete Artisan Turns Lifelong Passion into Successful Business

Concrete pool deck with lighted swimming pool.Have you ever asked potential customers to dress like pirates to make a sale? Outdoor-concrete expert Scott Cohen did — and it worked.

Cheng Concrete announces winners of Kitchen and Bath Concrete Maker Challenge
Casting Thin Concrete Furniture with GFRC

Casting Thin Concrete Furniture with GFRCThe acceptance of glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) has inspired a current trend toward light, thin and delicate concrete furniture.

To illustrate what GFRC can do in furniture form, Jeffrey Girard of The Concrete Countertop Institute describes three projects — a table, a lounge chair and an S chair — that show off the strengths of the material.

Counter Culture - Spring 2009

Counter Culture - Spring 2009

Decorative Concrete and Shoes Make a Fine Pair

High end shoes sit on top of a custom concrete countertop.In the women’s shoe department in London, decorative concrete and fashion make a fine pair. Eight concrete display tables in one of the six rooms of The Shoe Galleries show off the latest shoes from brands like Carvela, Nine West and French Connection.

Ten Tips For Setting Up a Concrete Countertop Fabrication Business

A workbench with tools lit up with an overhead lamp.Getting started in concrete fabrication can be overwhelming. Here are 10 solid pieces of advice that veterans from across the country have for artisans who are setting up shop.

Pouring a Concrete Countertop in Place at a College Bar

hand made concrete tool for a concrete countertop drink railThe owner, an old concrete contractor, wanted to replace the two bars with concrete. The goal was to add ambience and character to the bar with a material that could be hosed down along with the floors. The owner also wanted seamless tops, making this a good candidate for pouring in place.

Concrete Countertop Overlays are Finding Favor with Homeowners

Applying a countertop overlayDecorative concrete has become increasingly popular with every passing year, and has evolved from primarily flooring products to use in walls, showers and countertops. Because of the increased popularity in decorative concrete, the used of overlays has grown as well and they have a lot of advantages.

Choosing the Right Countertop Grinder

Buddy Rhodes grinding a concrete countertop.Every concrete countertop fabricator is after a smooth, clean finish on his or her work, be it a kitchen island, fireplace mantle or sink basin. Achieving a flat, shiny surface often comes down to the type of grinder that's used, and with so many machines on the market, many fabricators can feel overwhelmed by the choices.

ModaCrete releases Pamako CCS concrete countertop sealer
Making Molds for Precast Concrete Countertops

While melamine is probably the most widely used material for making molds, contractors actually use a surprising variety of materials. Here are some questions to ask when choosing a material.Wood? Melamine? Formica? Steel? Experienced artisans share their preferences for form materials.

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