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PVC Pipe, Leftover Diamonds, Paint and Chalk Put to Work on Decorative Concrete Jobs

concrete tips from Concrete Decor magazine PVC Pipe, Leftover Diamonds, Paint and Chalk Put to Work on Decorative Concrete Jobs►Make line cuts with a Dremel rotary tool
►Protect your cords with PVC
►During preplanning, tag trouble spots with orange marking paint
►Use white chalk for decorative applications
►What to do with leftover and mismatched diamonds
►Grind old ceramic or terra cotta tile

Family Christian Center Upgrades to Polished Concrete

The new worship center at the Family Christian Center in Clermont, Fla. isn't your grandfather's church. It boasts sleek lines and contemporary design.The new worship center at the Family Christian Center in Clermont, Fla. isn’t your grandfather’s church. It boasts sleek lines and contemporary design.

What is the Best System for Polished Concrete Maintenance?

Conducting tests on the polished concrete.On a regular basis, many of us are asked: “What is the best way to maintain polished concrete?” Is there one method proven to be superior?

In this article, we’ll explore some field testing reviews and compare traditional DIPs (diamond-impregnated pads) to a newer floor maintenance system involving composite resin abrasives (CRAs).

Moisture and its Effect on Polished Concrete Finishes

Moisture and its Effects on Polished ConcreteAll things in polished concrete relate to physics and chemistry. With that in mind, let’s look at how moisture interacts with concrete and polishing chemicals, with an additional focus on efflorescence.

Critiquing Polishable Self-leveling Cementitious Toppings

Concrete construction team inspects quality of a polishable cementitious self-leveling overlay.Four manufacturers of concrete resurfacing and repair products took on the challenge presented by the Operative Plasterers & Cement Masons International Association (OPCMIA) Local 528 last July in Seattle.

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.

Polished Concrete and Epoxy Floor Shimmers with Aluminum Shapes

snowshoe tracks on floor at an Alaskan elementary school A floor at an Alaskan elementary school honored the natural environment and became art that kids can walk on, thanks to Mapei’s Ultratop PC polishable concrete topping.

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.

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.

Estimate Thickness of Polishable Overlay Correctly

Correctly estimating the thickness needed to get the job done right is one of the biggest issues a contractor faces when applying a polishable overlay.Correctly estimating the thickness needed to get the job done right is one of the biggest issues a contractor faces when applying a polishable overlay.

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.

AmeriPolish Wins Demo Pavilion Contest at 2012 Concrete Decor Show

AmeriPolish went all out with their entry, which features a dragon from Floormap Stencil DesignsAt the 2012 Concrete Decor Show, three companies went head-to-head to compete for the bragging rights of being the winner in this year's Demonstration Pavillion. The contest was designed to show off the polishing products of the three competitors: WerkMaster, AmeriPolish and Xtreme Polishing.

Communicating Standards Through Industry Specifications

Writing on parchment with two pencils and an eraser.Too often we take the written word as gospel, but is that truly smart? Do we know what, or who, stands behind the words we read? After all, paper will not refuse ink. Our industry is growing, and as the industry grows, so do the misrepresentations and misunderstandings.

Concrete Densifier Tips and Tricks from the Field

Ground and polished concrete floor using a densifier exposes the inlayed metal pieces with stars.You’ve heard of densifiers. But let’s face it — much of what you’ve heard about them to date has come from densifier manufacturers.

Don't Get Pushed Around by Clients - Get Paid
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A family pushing a car.We all wish that we could tell our customers, “Screw you! I did the work. Pay me!” I know that in my career I have gotten just about every excuse in the book as to why I wasn’t getting paid for my work. By its very nature, the decorative concrete industry that we love so much allows customers to play with our money.

How Concrete Hardness Affects Diamond Life

Diamonds, part of an abrasive used to cut through the hardness of concreteHow long is a set of diamonds supposed to last? Or more to the point, what kind of square footage can I expect out of a set of diamonds?

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.

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.

Research Says Polished Concrete is the Most Slip-Resistant Flooring

Polished Concrete is the Most Slip-Resistant FlooringAt a recent meeting of the CPAA, the board of directors and active committee members met to help lead, develop and guide our future. The hottest topic was the presentation on standards for polished concrete. To our surprise evidence was indicating tgat properly polished concrete is one of the safest flooring choices available to the consumer.

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.

The Projection of Polished Concrete in Silicon Valley

Specially designed look for silicon valley tech company.Concrete Decor asked Bay Area Concrete’s president, Mike Price, a number of questions about the phenomenon of polished concrete in the high-tech area of California’s Silicon Valley. That discussion follows.

Floor Flatness and Levelness Can Severely Affect Polished Concrete Pricing

shimmery grey floor with shelves on sideFloor flatness (FF) and floor levelness (FL) are measurements by which architects can hold concrete placement contractors accountable and provide a quality control level during the initial placement of concrete slabs.

Concrete Overlay Tops Gypcrete at Jewelry Store

overlay a concrete floor over gypcreteThey wanted to polish the concrete floors at their new location on Weybosset Street, in Providence, R.I. One problem — the substrate in the building was gypcrete and not polishable. Typical overlay products won’t bond to gypcrete. A clear-cut job was becoming complex.

Posh Campus in Los Angeles Chock Full of Decorative Concrete

Lobby of upscale campus gets polished concrete floors.This posh campus of office and parking structures, located in the western Los Angeles neighborhood of Playa Vista about one mile from the Pacific Ocean, contains polished concrete floors and board-formed concrete walls and pillars, but that’s just a taste of what decorative concrete has brought to the 15-acre campus.

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.

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