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High-performance Mix Design for Concrete Countertops

Gray concrete countertop with a hand-crafted finish.There seems to be a lot of misinformation surrounding the how and why of mix designs when it comes to concrete countertops. Some of the practices, such as leaving the countertop in the mold for days on end, made no sense to me. Failures were common.

Sink Molds, Edge Detail Molds, Tools and Fiber Optics for Concrete Countertops from Infinicrete

A bathroom vanity made with concrete and a double sink feature.For the past three years, decorative concrete artisan Jeff Kudrick has been developing his own sink and countertop molds and decorative concrete tools under the brand name Infinicrete, using them regularly in high-profile projects and distributing them through manufacturing companies Cheng Concrete and SureCrete Design Products.

Tips for Using Water Reducers in Concrete Work

Others agree that for stamped concrete, water reducers improve workability, finishability and strength. But the mix design needs to fit the jobContractors working in decorative concrete can often benefit from the use of water reducers. Here’s a look at two types of decorative concrete work and how water reducers can make the job easier and improve the finished product.

Compass Rose Medallion Table Top Mold from Proline Concrete Tools

Compass rose table by Proline.What if there was a way to take the leftover concrete from a job site and turn it into a moneymaker instead of throwing it away? Thanks to Proline Concrete Tools’ Compass Rose Medallion Table Top Mold, there is.

How to Eliminate White Specks in Colored Concrete

Everyone knows you should use white cement to bring out brilliant colors in your concrete projects (see Concrete Decor's Feb./March issue). What isn't so widely known is how to prevent white specks from appearing in some of those deeper colors.Everyone knows you should use white cement to bring out brilliant colors in your concrete projects. What isn't so widely known is how to prevent white specks from appearing in some of those deeper colors.

How Polymer Additives Became a Part of GFRC

glass fiber up closeGlass-fiber reinforced concrete became a commercially viable material in the early 1970s. But it would take another decade or two before it became an economically attractive and faster alternative to the heavy and expensive materials traditionally used in commercial buildings.

Precasting Isn't Just for Concrete Countertops Anymore

The granite industry is, in many areas of the country, vigorously strangling itself in a downward spiral of ever-lower pricing and qualityConcrete rivals or surpasses many common architectural materials when it comes to versatility of design and application. Its customizability is well-known, and more fabricators are starting to realize how they can capitalize on its versatility in expanding their market.

Let it Shine: Installing Fiber Optic Light Effects

Whether you are embedding a shimmering logo in a front counter or spreading a galaxy of stars across a bar top, you need to master fiber optic lighting. Here's how some experts get the job done.Whether you are embedding a shimmering logo in a front counter or spreading a galaxy of stars across a bar top, you need to master fiber optic lighting. Here’s how some experts get the job done.

An Artisan's Tale on How He Made Rocketown's Skateboard Steps

After an afternoon spent walking around the Rocketown campus, Jason Geiser and his team saw a great opportunity to not only enhance the area but also showcase the unlimited possibilities of concrete.After an afternoon spent walking around the Rocketown campus, Jason Geiser and his team saw a great opportunity to not only enhance the area but also showcase the unlimited possibilities of concrete.

Old World-Style Concrete Countertops That Look Like Italian Granite

Concrete Countertop Using products purchased through StoneCrete's Ashby System, Excalibur delivered 52 square feet and 1,660 pounds of beautiful 2-inch-thick countertops in three sections that look as if they were hewn from a cliff.In 2015, homeowners who had traveled throughout Italy contacted Darryl Bates of Excalibur Surfaces in Simi Valley, California, about wanting Old World-style concrete countertops that looked like the Italian granite they had admired on their trip.

Concrete Kitchen with a Granite Island

Kitchen remodel with concrete and granite blending together harmoniously.Right at the start, we decided that the focal point of the kitchen would be the island. At that time we were unsure about what material we would use for the island top, so we went on a quest. We spent several days visiting virtually all of the natural stone distributors in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Rescuing a Nightmare Concrete Staining Job

Polished concrete floor by Julio HallackIn March of 2012 my company received a call from an outfit that was working on a project at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California. They wanted to discuss the issues that they were having with the application of an acid stain on almost 50,000 square feet of floor.

Wet-casting an Apron-front Sink Without the Corner Cracks

Apron sink with a dark brown color stain - concrete countertop with built in apron sink.One thing I noticed is that it seemed like a lot of the wet-cast apron-front sinks I cast had developed very fine hairline cracks in the corners. The cracks never opened up but would show up when the sinks got wet. I don’t know if the sinks cracked during striping and handling or from concrete shrinkage later — all I knew was I had to stop them.

Concrete Tables Include Fiber Optics That Flow And Glow

A concrete table made with Lavacrete fiber optic lights An “outrageous” beach house on the French side of the Caribbean island St. Martin needed an anything-but-usual outdoor table.

How Matt Hine of Progressive Concrete Coatings Fell Into Concrete

Concrete table top with leaf imprintMany concrete professionals who are asked how they got into the business of concrete say they sort of “fell into it.”

Two Concrete Artisans Take Four Awards at 2013 ARDAs

Four decorative concrete projects were among the winners in the 2013 American Residential Design Awards, announced in July by the American Institute of Building Design.Four decorative concrete projects were among the winners in the 2013 American Residential Design Awards, announced in July by the American Institute of Building Design.

A Concrete Vanity Lit From Within

A bathroom vanity that has lights within to create a glow.The project was a powder-room vanity top. It was a follow-up to a feature fireplace we did a few months earlier for the same clients. As we had won their confidence with the fireplace project and they gave me free reign on the design.

The Complete Decorative Concrete Contractor

The colors were stains and tinted sealers from Increte, and metal inlay was used on the perimeter.Five veteran contractors and artisans provide insight by explaining where their decorative concrete journeys began, how their skill sets grew and how diversification has affected their careers.

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.

The Case for CSA Cements for Concrete Countertops

A concrete countertop that was made with CSA cement.According to Jeffrey Girard, P.E., founder of The Concrete Countertop Institute, concrete with calcium sulphoaluminate (CSA) is the way to go for countertops.

"When I first used CSA instead of portland cement, I recognized that it offers a technological advantage," he says.

How to Fabricate Molds for Concrete

Using a sprayer to prep the inside of a GFRC countertop.Forms serve many functions beyond simply containing the concrete. The formwork defines the precision and, to some extent, the quality of the casting. Well-made forms create straight lines, fair curves and right angles and lead to easy, effortless installation.

Concrete Business Specializes In Innovative Metallic Epoxies

red and grey checkered floor at auto shopFor a man who was an Eastern Airline employee for years and owned his own pest control company after that, he found working with his hands, LEDs and chemicals familiar territory. So when the economy began to tank, it wasn’t that far of a stretch when Clem Carrion founded Visual Artisan in December 2007, a concrete business that specializes in concrete countertops, innovative lighting and metallic epoxies, as well as faux wood and stone.

A Canadian Perspective of Concrete Countertops

Canadian flag with a concrete treatmentIf you’re a concrete contractor in Canada and are considering expanding your business to include countertops, you may appreciate the insights shared by Judy Mead of Concrete Countertops Canada.

The Wondrous World of Concrete Wall Panels

Imagine homeowners having the choice of covering their walls with paint, wallpaper, tile - or concrete panels 1/4 inch thin.Imagine homeowners having the choice of covering their walls with paint, wallpaper, tile - or concrete panels 1/4 inch thin. Or new homes built with precast modular exterior walls up to 20 feet high that can be manufactured off-site and snapped in place in a few hours.

Artisan Jesse Escalera Creates Concrete Masterpieces

outdoor stained concrete floor For a guy who started from the bottom up, Jesse Escalera has managed to make a name for himself over the years through his backyard masterpieces.

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