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Understanding the Components of Polishing Newly Placed Concrete

Ride-On and Walk-behind TrowelsToday, most slabs are finished using mechanical trowels for the body of the slab and hand trowels for the edges. There are two basic types of mechanical trowels: walk-behinds and ride-ons.

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.

Developing Effective Polishing Specifications for a School

A schoolhouse on a gray background.Recently an architect who was writing the polished concrete specification for a school district contacted me when he recognized that he did not know enough. The good news is that he asked for help in crafting an informative and realistic specification that allows educated bids with room for profit.

Mock-ups of Decorative Concrete Jobs Make Sense

Definition of mock-upYou can fine-tune your concrete polishing bid by figuring out before the job begins how the concrete is going to grind, what diamonds you will need and how to prepare. Walk on the slab, pour some water on it, scratch at it and put a diamond on it.

Four Ways to Grow Your Decorative Concrete Business While Staying Solvent

concrete business financial aspectsConcrete contractors are inundated with small tips and tricks that hopefully one day will help them out in specific situations. Very rarely does anyone talk about business or industry growth as it relates to your specific company.

Here are four things that will help you and your polishing business today.

J.C. Penney Chooses Polished Concrete Over Other Flooring Options

A huge national remodeling project for the department store chain has kept concrete polishing contractors busy this year.A huge national remodeling project for the department store chain has kept concrete polishing contractors busy this year.

Artistic Decorative Concrete in Public Works Projects

Frog designed from concrete stains.When a city, school or government chooses to spend a little extra money on decorative concrete, it demonstrates civic pride — and makes that lobby, city pool or roadside a little easier on the eyes.

How to Keep Up in the Ever-Changing Polished Concrete Industry

Light reflecting on mirrored tiles.The polished concrete industry has seen growth, especially during the past three years, that is both encouraging and depressing. Whenever one has been part of an industry since its birth, he tends to be a little territorial. So, when change occurs, especially if it's not in one's own best interest, one often gets protective and possibly a little jaded. This doesn't have to happen.

The Allure and the Reality of Polishing Concrete

A peacock strutting his stuffIt has become pretty clear that polished concrete is the hot market in decorative concrete right now. There was no shortage of equipment and chemical manufacturers touting the latest and greatest at the show, with each making a case for why their system was the best option on the market.

Polished Concrete In Schools: A Guide for Contractors and Clients

Polished concrete hallway in a school.School flooring has long been the domain of carpet and vinyl.

That’s changing. Officials who run elementary and secondary schools (and even colleges) are becoming aware of concrete flooring as an option. And concrete flooring professionals have begun to notice schools as a market.

The Five Ps of Concrete Polishing: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

In management or leadership training classes worldwide, you can learn about the five Ps for success: In management or leadership training classes worldwide, you can learn about the five Ps for success: “Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.” I think these Ps can apply to polished concrete projects as well. There are several specific planning items that can be addressed that will help any polish project be successful.

The Chemistries That Help You Polish Concrete

Test tubes for chemistry in a jar with a blue background behind it.Historically, chemistry for polished concrete consisted only of a hardener-densifier, and it was often viewed as an added expense with an unknown benefit. The times are changing.

Currently, we can identify nine unique categories of chemical accessories for polished concrete.

Can Burnishing Sometimes Be the Better Finish?

The word about polished concrete is out and we have done a great job of promoting the industry. Polished concrete is growing.It is easy to understand the benefits of polished concrete. The word about polished concrete is out and we have done a great job of promoting the industry. Polished concrete is growing. The marketing has been great and many contractors are jumping on board. And the consumers are seeing a great product.

Mix Design and Performance for Polished Concrete

Mix Design – What do those two words conjure up in our imagination? Architects randomly pulling ingredients off a shelf? Engineers wanting to prove they have the perfect solution? Owners going overboard in their expectations? Ready mix operators using what they have in their silos?An in-depth study on mix design for polished concrete.

A Florida Cow Town Recreated with Stamped Concrete

A look inside the cracker of Florida.The “Florida cracker” cowboy rode off into the sunset long ago. But thanks to a design team’s partnership with decorative concrete company Edwards Concrete, residents of a central Florida community can immerse themselves in the region’s frontier days.

Fixing Finishes in Polished Concrete on the Front End

The substrate that is used in a work of art has a lot of control over the finished product. The substrate that is used in a work of art has a lot of control over the finished product. Polished concrete is no different. We have seen the beautiful pictures of floors that show fantastic color, reflectivity and clarity. What we don’t see are the shots of poorly finished column block-outs or spalled control joints that were cut with dull saw blades.

New Uses for Ice, Pool Noodles and Kitty Litter with Concrete

Ice, pool noodles and kitty litter can be used in decorative concrete work! Our article shares an expert's tips on how to use these common household items to make your decorative concrete work easier and more beautiful.An expert's tips on how to use these common household items to make your decorative concrete work easier and more beautiful.

Concrete Countertop Polishing Tips and Tricks

Grinder that is used for polishing concrete countertopsConcrete countertops are a very hot item these days, and fabricating them can be much easier than you think — when you use the right tools and technique. This is the key to eliminating frustration and ultimately producing a quality product.

The CSDA's New Concrete Texture Standard and What it Means for Polished Concrete

ST115 is a new standard for the concrete polishing industry that was adopted in fall 2013 by the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA).ST115 is a new standard for the concrete polishing industry that was adopted in fall 2013 by the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA). The standard explains in detail how to measure the texture of a concrete surface by using a texture meter.

A Prepper's Best Friend

The word "diamonds" is inevitably associated with the concept of "big bucks," but like many other things about diamond grinding, this is something of a misconception.The word "diamonds" is inevitably associated with the concept of "big bucks," but like many other things about diamond grinding, this is something of a misconception.

Mastering Polishing Specifications for Success and Profit

Mastering polishing specs graphic.The time will come when a general contractor, architect or another flooring contractor will ask you to bid on polishing floors in a new construction project.

Concrete Cracks Fixed by Hand While Restoring Historic Theater Floor

90 year old concrete slab that has been ground and polished to it's natural buff color in Washing Court House, Ohio.When broker-auctioneer Jason Langley purchased the nearly 90-year-old Fayette Theatre in Washington Court House, a small town in Ohio located between Cincinnati and Columbus, improving the local landmark’s 3,000-square-foot concrete floor was a top priority.

Using Everyday Items as Decorative Concrete Tools

Using bar soap with concreteRegular househousld items can be essential tooks when polishing concrete. Check out some of these tips from an expert to make your next job that much better.

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.

The Differences Between Mechanically and Chemically Polished Concrete

The Differences Between Mechanically and Chemically Polished ConcreteHow do you tell if a floor has been profiled correctly without the use of a testing device? As a contractor, manufacturer or customer, this is an important topic. When polished concrete initially came to the market it was mainly used for industrial and manufacturing facilities.

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