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Two Money-Making Alternatives for Polishing Contractors

Dollar bills lying on top of each other.As business owners, as soon as we open our eyes each day, we begin to think and search. Where are we going to find more work for our crews? Besides the usual options of bidding on new construction projects, refurbishing old polish jobs or removing epoxy coatings, there must be other ways to make money with our equipment and skills.

Discussing Trends in Architectural Polished Concrete

Architect hand on a blueprint designWe all are aware of how important a role architects play in our industry. They are the ones advising municipalities and every type of building owner. As architects learn more about what we can do with a concrete surface they are becoming very intrigued with how much they can do.

Polished Floors Add New Dimension to Science Museum

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, which opened Dec. 1 of last year, is billed as providing visitors with a living science lesson full of hands-on learning experiences.The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, which opened Dec. 1 of last year, is billed as providing visitors with a living science lesson full of hands-on learning experiences.

This mission extends to the building structure itself, by way of the concrete.

New Showroom Features All the Glamour of Polishable Overlays

top the floor with Artera, a polishable polymer-modified fiber-reinforced cementitious overlayment made by LifeTime Floors.When Productivity Inc. built a new showroom in Minneapolis, Minn., more than three years ago, the company chose to top the floor with Artera, a polishable polymer-modified fiber-reinforced cementitious overlayment made by LifeTime Floors.

Decorative Concrete Showing Up In Retail Spaces Nationwide

From department stores to convenience stores, decorative concrete is turning up in retail spaces across the country.From department stores to convenience stores, decorative concrete is turning up in retail spaces across the country.

How to Choose Abrasives for Polishing Concrete

The processes used for polishing concrete are quite possibly the most misunderstood piece of the business.The processes used for polishing concrete are quite possibly the most misunderstood piece of the business. A tremendous amount of sales propaganda is available that can either provide some clarity or add serious confusion.

J.C. Penney Remodeling Plans Continue Amid Company Changes

Forging¬†ahead with the shop within a shopForging ahead with the “shop-within-a-shop” concept at J.C. Penney stores nationwide, wave three of the stores’ remodeling makeover took place this spring across the country. Polished concrete is still part of the plan … at least for now.

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Wet or Dry Polishing? What Is Right For Your Job

Polishing concrete with a yellow and black concrete grinding machine.Is it best to polish concrete wet or dry? This is a question that will have to be asked before each job. The condition of the concrete floor, the environment it occupies, the desired look of the finished product, and other expectations and preferences will all play a role in this decision.

Decorative Concrete Remains a Sure Bet in Las Vegas

Stained stenciled concrete floor takes on the look of Grand Canyon running through this high end restaurant in Las Vegas.Throughout the nation's gambling capital, signs of rejuvenation are unfolding as tourists with a bit more spending money check in, investors' interest returns and locals get back to work.

J.C. Penney, Concrete Product Makers Join Forces to Launch Remodels

he Original Arizona Jeans Co. shop has a more rustic feel, even though both shops feature the same polished gray concrete floors.When word hit the street that J.C. Penney Co. would ask concrete polishing contractors to help renovate its department stores across the country as part of a master plan to reinvent the chain, the news was well-received by manufacturers and suppliers of architectural and polished concrete materials.

Why the Formula Approach for Polished Concrete Hurts Our Industry

A picture of a graphing calculatorThe weak economy does not have to make our industry buckle under price pressures. We've forgotten that polished concrete is already the best bargain in the flooring industry, and what's more, we've allowed the formulaic installation to become entrenched in specifications.

ACI Releases Long-Awaited Decorative Concrete Standards Guide

ACI Decorative Concrete Standards GuideMany years in the making and rigorously reviewed by dozens of experts in the field, the much-anticipated 310R-13 Guide to Decorative Concrete was officially published by the American Concrete Institute in December 2013.

Basic Facts About Colloidal Silica Densifier

Colloidal silica densifier on concreteColloidal silica was introduced as a concrete densifier many years ago, and it has proven itself a reliable tool for concrete polishers and others needing to harden or densify cured concrete surfaces. However, there is widespread confusion about what it is, and this confusion can lead to misinformation. This article attempts to bring some clarification.

Young Professional Finds Success with Long Time Friend in Concrete

Stamped concrete patio with a square fire pit.When you’re 22 years old, it’s hard to seriously imagine that you could be one of the founders of your own business with some friends and succeed in doing it.

Contractors Take a Shine to Polished Concrete

Most contractors -- including Ware and Siefken -- praise the results achieved with a good densifier and a planetary polisher, a machine which consists of one large drum that turns in one direction and three smaller platens with grinding media that turn in the opposite direction. Siefken, who's been polishing for six years, says he started off with a buffing machine but after one job purchased planetary equipment.Contractors across the country have plenty of good things to say about polishing concrete.

Things to Think About When Making the First Cut on a Polished Concrete Job

Exposing aggregate in a concrete floorWhen starting the first cut on a concrete slab, everyone wants to know how it will look when finished. Professionals know each concrete slab is different. The sheer numbers of variables mean no two pours or slabs will look the same.

Why Narrow Margins Plague Polished Concrete Contractors

Polished concrete in a hallway at a school.As time has gone along, polished concrete has picked up market share and damaged contracting companies at the same time. If the profit margins of this industry do not rebound soon the fear is that polished concrete will become an extremely rare and specialized process.

Using F-Numbers to Measure a Concrete Floor's Flatness

the flatness and levelness of the slab must be measured and documented once a slab is bull-floated, vibrated, pan- troweled and steel troweled.There are two types of F-numbers, which measure floor flatness and levelness respectively. Industry expert Allen Face is the creator of the F-number system, as well as the inventor of several measurement instruments and a principal inventor of superflat floor technology.

Recipe: Adventures in Aggregate and Polished Concrete

Mild-mannered, terrazzoesque floor by day, photoluminescent phenomenon by night.Mild-mannered, terrazzoesque floor by day, photoluminescent phenomenon by night. This glow-in-the-dark effect can brighten up any surface.

Good Customer Service Goes Far Beyond the Initial Sale

A service sign on a black backround.If you are truly committed to service, not just the initial sale, then you're not through when you're done.

Easier Repairs for Polished Concrete

best concrete repair process for polished concreteRepairs are always tricky. The idea is to get them done as quickly as possible with a remedy the customer will buy. By selecting the correct process and products, you can control how long the repairs will take to complete. Customers’ willingness to accept repairs is determined by understanding their expectations and letting them know early on if their goals are achievable.

Polished, Stamped and Stained Concrete in Microbrew Facilities

Polished concrete brewery floor - There's a brew-ha-ha over craft beers these days. And no wonder -- with an average of 1.5 breweries opening daily, according to the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado, it's not a stretch to say new ones are popping up faster than a fresh keg can be tapped.There’s a brew-ha-ha over craft beers these days. And no wonder — with an average of 1.5 breweries opening daily, according to the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado, it’s not a stretch to say new ones are popping up faster than a fresh keg can be tapped.

Concrete Grinding and Polishing Tips: Rotation, Presoaking and Play Sand

Play sand is a great thing to keep handy as an abrasion aid when using a concrete grinder. It keeps the diamonds dressed and cooled while acting as a secondary abrasive to assist in the actual grinding process.Play sand is a great thing to keep handy as an abrasion aid when using a concrete grinder. It keeps the diamonds dressed and cooled while acting as a secondary abrasive to assist in the actual grinding process.

Myth-Perceptions in Polished Concrete: Setting Up For Success or Failure

Microsoft campus in Washington state polished and colored with water-based dyes.The one universal truth about the polished concrete industry is that, sadly enough, there is no universal truth. We don’t agree about what defines polished concrete, what steps are important, or what is the best way to steer the industry.

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